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***Check the Counseling Website often especially the Calendar of Events page.***


August - September

ü      Review high school courses to be sure you have challenging courses and good grades.

ü      Review extracurricular activities and make a list of offices held; also make a list any community service work you have done. Save this electronically and update periodically.

ü      Get involved in activities & organizations that interest you, if you have not previously done so.

ü      Research colleges through the internet or publications in the guidance office.  Meet with college representatives that visit the high school.

ü      Think about your educational/career goals. List 5-10 colleges you might like to attend; Talk to parents and guidance counselor about that list.

ü      Attend area college fairs.

ü      Talk to your counselor about taking the PSAT/MNSQT, either for extra SAT practice, or to attempt to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.


October - November

ü      Research eligibility requirements for federal student loans.

ü      Families should discuss about how much they can afford to spend for college education.

ü      Talk to your counselor about taking a career interest inventory if you do not know what you want to do after high school.

ü      If you have not passed the End-of-course assessments for English 10 or Algebra I, you must attend at least 10 remediation sessions. Times and locations will be available in the guidance office.


December - January

ü      If you plan to graduate in December of your senior year, file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of your junior year.’

ü      Continue to work hard in all of your classes. Every grade factors into your GPA, and your grades from your junior year will be the most important for college admissions.



February - March


ü      Research scholarship opportunities. Many scholarships are announced in late winter/early spring.  Listen to announcements, become familiar with local scholarship opportunities (Hancock County Community Foundation), scholarships available through your parents’ workplace, etc. You won’t apply this year, but you should know what scholarships require and plan accordingly.

ü      Consider visiting a college, technical school, meeting with a military recruiter, etc. Research and develop a plan for after high school! Your counselor would love to help you in this process.

ü      Schedule rigorous classes for your senior year - including math!

ü      Sign up to take the SAT and or ACT for June (summer). If you’d like to try to raise your scores, you may consider retaking it again during the fall of your senior year. SAT and ACT Dates and Info is on the Guidance website.

ü    Attend Junior Parent Night - Monday, March 4, 2019


April - May

ü      Update list of extracurricular, leadership, and service activities you’ve been involved in

ü      Keep your grades up! Colleges will review your academic record when you apply next fall, and your junior year grades are the most recent ones that they will see.

ü      Make sure you are on track to graduate with your chosen diploma goal. Checklists are available in the guidance office, or on the guidance website. Ask your counselor if you have any questions.


ü      Take the June SAT. It’s a great starting point for your senior year.

ü      Consider attending a college visit day or job shadowing in a field you may be interested in during the summer.

ü      Develop your resume! Work! Volunteer! And keep track of all the things in which you’re involved.