Junior Year Planing

Fall

→ Plan to attend the Stevens College & Career Readiness Night during the Open House Night before the start of school. This will provide information for parents and students concerning how to make plans for college and post-secondary options. You will also receive information on the FAFSA, scholarships, and admission.

→ Meet with your counselor to ensure that you are on track for college with your course selections.

  • Keep in mind that your junior year is the last complete year that colleges may review, so it’s important to challenge yourself academically and maintain good grades.

→ Register for the College Board’s Preliminary Scholastic Assessment (PSAT) exam in October.  Scores are used to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Competition and the National Achievement program; plus it’s a preliminary to the SAT and a great preparation for the ACT (both college entrance exams).

Sophomores can also sign up and take this test for practice; however their scores will not count unless they take it their junior year.

→ Start researching educational options!

  • You can do this by reviewing college catalogs, websites, visiting with college representatives that come to Stevens High School, attending college fairs, etc.
  • Be sure to look for admission requirements  to make sure you are meeting the admission criteria in regards to course work, tests (ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests), etc.

→ You may want to research military academies and colleges. Most academy applications are done in your JUNIOR year!  Review websites and meet with military representatives when they visit your school or visit the schools.    You may need to take the ASVAB test as part of the admission process. Stevens offers the ASVAB in the fall and the spring, check in Stevens Student Services for dates.

→ Start searching for scholarships!  Register with scholarship search engines.

  • Most of the scholarships you apply for will be during your senior year, but there are some that are open for you to start applying when you are a junior.
  • STAY ACTIVE!  While your grades in high school are important, colleges also look at what you do outside the classroom.  They like to see that you are involved in sports, student government, community activities, etc. and that you take on leadership roles when available.

→ Attend the Post High Planning Day in October at the Civic Center.


Winter

→ Continue researching colleges/careers/military options.

→ Begin to make plans to take the ACT and/or the SAT in April or June 2015.   START PRACTICING!

  • Go to www.act.org to get information on test dates,register for the ACT exam and access practice tests.
  • Go to www.collegeboard.com to get information on test dates and to register for the SAT exam.

Spring

→ Plan to attend the Jr College and Career Readiness Night held in the spring.

→ Spring is the college visitation period.  Many colleges have “Junior Days,” so make plans to attend.  You should call ahead and ask for appointments with departments of financial aid, admissions, academic advisors, professors, and other students.  The guidance office has a list of questions that you can take with you to help assess which college will best meet your educational and career needs (see College Visit Guide)

→ Take the ACT and/or SAT exams.  You should be practicing and preparing for the test.  The guidance has resources you can check out or the testing websites for practice exams and test taking tips.

→ If you are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, take the AP tests.

→ Meet with your counselor to discuss your senior year, courses that you are taking, colleges that you are considering, to help ensure that you know what you need before your senior year.

→ Begin work on your resume.  The school(s) to which you will apply to in the fall will already know your grades and test scores, but they need to know more about you.  Your resume should include school activities, community activities, community service, sports, awards and recognition, hobbies and work experience.

→ Begin thinking of teachers, counselors or other adults who you would want to write letters of recommendation for you.  Utilize the Senior Questionnaire/Senior Autobiographical Sketch to help give those individuals more information about you that they may not know.