Tips for Planning for Junior Year

  • Meet with your counselor to review credits toward graduation
  • Study for the PSAT in October
  • Focus on academics to obtain the best grades possible
  • If you haven’t already, take an interest inventory to solidify your career search
  • Make use of tools such as MyRoad, CollegeBoard, Fastweb, CareerZone and other resources for career, college, and financial aid information
  • If time allows, complete some volunteer service. You might want to try to do this in the career area you are interested to get more information on that career as well as having a recommendation from that career
  • Attend college nights in the area. Call or e-mail colleges you are interested in to find out when their college is visiting this area.
  • Talk to your parents about what the family can afford to spend on college. Think about applying to at least one college you can afford to attend if you do not receive any financial aid at all
  • Take a SAT review class if possible through the City School District or EOC. Ask your counselor how to register.
  • Visit colleges if possible.
  • Prepare for AP and SAT II exams.
  • Review your senior year classes with your counselor.
  • Plan to complete some volunteer service if possible over the summer
  • Look online for college applications to get an early idea of what will be required of you-especially essays.
  • Look everywhere for scholarships, especially writing contests. Many scholarships are for students in 9th through 12th grades. Don’t wait until senior year to begin this search.

December-March

  • Grades, Grades, Grades!

  • Research careers, colleges and financial aid on various websites

  • Talk to your parents about colleges and financial plans

  • Begin thinking about essays required and recommendation letter 

March-April

  • Attend Post High School Planning Night
  • Registration for classes for senior year
  • Check of graduation credits and requirements

April

  • Attend college nights at various malls
  • Use college reference materials available on the internet, school and library

May

  • Advanced placement and IB students take the May SAT

 June

  • Juniors take the SAT
  • Advanced placement and IB students take the June SAT II required by selective colleges

July-August

  • Family visits to colleges for information and tours

 There are several ways to prepare for these tests. Kaplan and Monroe Community College offer prep classes for a fee.  Contact your school counselor for more information.