Junior Senior Planning Calendar

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					                                                      Junior/Senior Planning Calendar

Junior Year___________________________________________________________________________________________
   Access NAVIANCE Family Connection through the school’s website
   Take the PSAT test (usually a Wednesday in Mid-October) – this is the National Merit Scholar qualifying test – take the practice test inside the
    SAT/NMSQT Bulletin
   Attend the school’s college visitations to learn about colleges that interest you
   Attend the school’s public & private college nights to learn more about the different types of colleges
   Attend financial aid night at the school to learn about funding your college education
   Attend the National College Fair at the Expo Center in Portland (usually in Mid-October, on a Friday & Saturday)
   Look for your PSAT score report
   Start planning to take the SAT, SAT II, or ACT tests – see the school’s website for registration deadlines
   Investigate SAT preparation courses/resources – information about local classes are available on the school’s website
   Have your parents attend the school’s college search parent night
   Begin your search for the colleges that meet your requirements & profile – NAVIANCE is a great tool and the school’s College & Career Center can
    help you research
   Study materials collected on the colleges that interest you
   Begin to narrow down your list of colleges
   Meet with you Guidance Counselor to be certain your schedule includes all classes that are required by colleges you are considering
   Make plans to visit colleges that interest you (be sure the colleges you visit are in session when you plan to be there, check their websites for
    prospective student information)
   Continue to narrow your list of possible colleges to 5 (1 reach school, 3 possibilities, and 1 definite school)
   Begin to explore financial aid and scholarships at the 5 schools on your list – information can be found on the college’s website
   Take the SAT I, SAT II, and/or ACT
   Take the AP exams for any AP classes you are taking
   If considering a private school or honors college, contact your guidance counselor & teachers for whom you have done your best work & request they
    write recommendation letters during the summer break

Senior Year___________________________________________________________________________________________
   Register for the SAT or CT if you haven’t taken it already, or you need to repeat it to improve your score
   Look at the school’s college visit schedule on NAVIANCE and attend the college visits to learn more about colleges that interest you
   Attend the school’s financial aid night to learn about funding your college education
   Select approximately 5 colleges to which you want to apply (1 reach school, 3 possibilities, 1 definite school)
   Use the college chart on NAVIANCE to calendar dates of tests, application deadlines, fees, & scholarship deadlines for the colleges you plan to apply
   If you’ve not already visited the colleges where you plan to apply, arrange to visit them if possible
   Take the SAT or ACT if necessary
   Begin filling out college applications and writing essays. If you are applying for early decision or the University of California, applications are due in
    early November. Most other application deadlines are due in early January and later
   Give recommendation forms to teachers & your guidance counselor for any additional recommendation letters you may need
   Work hard to keep grades up – Admission committees will closely review your work during the 1 st semester of your senior year
   If applying for early decision or to the University of California, contact Mrs. Haffner, the registrar, to arrange to have your transcripts mailed to the
    colleges you plan to apply
   Last chance to register for & take the SAT or ACT for use in many selective college scholarship programs
   Contact Mrs. Haffner, the registrar, to have your transcripts mailed to the colleges you plan to apply
   Look for decisions from any college to which you’ve applied for early decision
   Submit applications to college with January deadlines
   Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and mail or electronically file it by the end of January
   Submit applications to colleges with February deadlines
   Begin looking for private scholarships – register on fastweb.com – see the College & Career Center for additional information on searching for private
   Look for your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) in the mail – it contains the federal financial aid information which your college admissions office
    with need to determine your financial aid package (You should receive it approximately 4 weeks after mailing your FAFSA)
   Notify colleges where you were accepted, whether or not you plan to attend
   Apply for local scholarships – information can be found in NAVIANCE and in the school’s College & Career Center
   Apply for housing if you will be going away to school
   Take AP exams for any AP classes that you are taking