11th Grade Post Secondary Planning “To Do”

All 11th grade planning steps are shown.  High School Planning steps are highlighted.

(Adapted from CollegeInColorado.org)

FALL SEMESTER

·         Maintaining your grades during your junior year is important!

Colleges put a lot of weight on your achievements during this year.

Use the AVID Techniques!

·         Make sure you're challenging yourself academically.

Colleges will consider how difficult your courses are.

 

·         Now is the time to really focus your career and college research

Log into your Naviance Account to do a career and college matching search.

·         As you research education and career options, share your discoveries with your family.

You'll be working together a lot over the next couple of years as you prepare to graduate from high school and pursue educational and career opportunities..

Higher Education Admission Requirements


·         If your schedule permits, stay involved in school, community and job activities

Remember to keep up with your Interscholastic and Volunteering Requirements. – 20 hours per year

 

Volunteering opportunities for required forms can be found within the Counseling Tab on the EHS’ Web Page.

·         Talk to your guidance counselor (or teachers, if you don't have access to a guidance counselor) about the following:

o   Whether your plan of study meets your high school's graduation requirements  

o   Availability of and enrollment in IB Diploma Courses

o    The possibility of concurrent enrollment: taking college-level courses for college (and high school) credit before you graduate from high school — apply before the end of October!

Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities

 

Concurrent Enrollment Student Worksheet

·         Schedules for the PSAT, SAT I and SAT Subject Tests, ACT and AP exams

·         Why you should take these exams (the ACT is mandatory in Colorado for all juniors) and how they could benefit you

·         Which of these exams in addition to the ACT would be the best fit for you — and then sign up for those tests. Remember, you can always change your mind

·         How to start getting ready for the exams!

Post Secondary Options and Careers


Register for the ACT


Register to take the SAT

·         Your academic record. Review it with your counselor and talk about ways to improve

Log into Naviance and use the Naviance Quick Guide on the Counseling Resources Web Page to update your ICAP Plan

 

·         The admissions requirements for the colleges you're interested in. Do your research, and be sure to find out about any additional requirements on top of GPA and test scores

Log into Naviance and use the Naviance Quick Guide on the Counseling Resources Web Page to explore colleges matches

August

·         Obtain schedules and forms for the SAT I, SAT Subject Tests, ACT and DP exams.  Don't wait to take the ACT.  ACT waiver forms are in counseling office.  Please see Mrs. Farias.

ACT Test Dates


SAT Test Dates


IB Section of the EHS Web Page


September

·         Register for the PSAT exam offered in October.

Remember that when you take the PSAT in your junior year, the scores will count towards the National Achievement Program (and it is good practice for the SAT I).

See School Counselor to Register

·         Begin requesting information from the schools you may want to attend. Start a file for college catalogs and other admissions information.

Get Recruited

·         Keep an eye out for college fairs taking place in your area that you could attend.

 

October

·         Take the PSAT if you registered for it this month

 

·         Narrow your list of colleges in which you are interested to include a few colleges with requirements at your current GPA, a few with requirements above your current GPA, and at least one with requirements below your GPA.

Log into Naviance and use the Naviance Quick Guide on the Counseling Resources Web Page to explore colleges matches

·         Begin scheduling interviews with admissions counselors.

 

·         If possible, schedule tours of the school grounds on the same day you schedule your admissions interview.

You and your parent(s) may want to visit the colleges and universities during spring break and summer vacation so you don't have to miss school.

 

December

·         You will receive your scores from the October PSAT if you took it that month.

Begin using the online Test Prep vocabulary builder and practice questions for the SAT and ACT. In addition to independent preparation, many high schools offer short-term preparatory classes or seminars on the various exams. All of these resources can help prepare you for what to expect and can help to boost your scores.

Test Prep

Spring Semester

·         If you're choosing your senior year classes, look for classes that will give you a strong transcript.

You'll also want to look for classes that will fit your program or major during college and your career choice

Review your plan of study

·         Consider looking for a summer job or internship.

Not only can you earn money for college, you can also learn valuable skills.

 

January

·         Continue with your campus tours online or in person.

Begin narrowing down the list of potential colleges to which you will apply.

 

·         Register for the March SAT if colleges of interest require it.

Research the requirements of the colleges you're interested in to learn about admission deadlines and which tests to take (all juniors in Colorado must take the ACT). Make sure your test dates give colleges ample time to receive test scores. It is a good idea to take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring to allow you time to review your results. You may retake the exams in the fall of your senior year if you wish to improve your scores.

 

February

·         Register for the March SAT if colleges of interest require it.

Research the requirements of the colleges you're interested in to learn about admission deadlines and which tests to take (all juniors in Colorado must take the ACT). Make sure your test dates give colleges ample time to receive test scores. It is a good idea to take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring to allow you time to review your results. You may retake the exams in the fall of your senior year if you wish to improve your scores.

 

March

·         Take the March SAT I exam if you registered to take it this month

 

·         Show your college spirit;

get your school to participate in College Friday

College Spirit Friday

·         Talk to your counselor about the possibility of concurrent enrollment: taking college-level courses for college (and high school) credit before you graduate from high school — apply before the end of March!

 

April

·         Take the April ACT test.

 

May

·         Take the IB Diploma Course External Exams

 

·         Talk with teachers about writing letters of recommendation for you.

Think about what you would like to include in these and politely ask your teachers if they can help.

Recommendation Letter List

Sample Letter of Recommendation Request 


June

·         Add any new report cards, test scores, honors or awards from the year to your file.

 

·         Continue with your college visits. Call ahead for appointments with the financial aid, admissions and academic advisers at the colleges in which you are most interested. During your visits, talk to professors, sit in on classes, spend a night in the dorms, and speak to students about the college(s). Doing these things allows you to gather the most information about the college and the atmosphere in which you would be living, should you choose to attend. Some colleges have preview programs that allow you to do all of these; find out which of the schools that you will be visiting offer these programs and take advantage of them.

 

·         If you go on interviews or visits, don't forget to send thank-you notes after you return home.

 

·         Think about questions to ask when you are meeting with college admittance personnel and advisers  

College Questions I Should Ask

Summer Between Junior and Senior Year

·         Continue to work on your application essays and review the application procedures for the colleges you plan to apply to.

15 TIPS on Writing a College Essay

College Board Tips on Writing a College Essay

 and Video on the College Essay

Example Essays


·         Start or continue searching for scholarship opportunities.
Although you may not be able to apply right now, you can find out what the requirements will be and work toward them

See the Scholarship Section of the EHS Web Page

·         Decide if you are going to apply under any early decision or early action programs.
This requires you to submit your applications early, typically between October and December of your senior year

Your school counselor can help explain these options

·         Read your college mail and send reply cards to your schools of interest.

 

·         If your schedule permits, stay involved in school, community and job activities

Remember to keep up with your Interscholastic and Volunteering Requirements. – 20 hours per year

Volunteering opportunities for required forms can be found within the Counseling Tab on the EHS’ Web Page.