College Prep Resources

Preparing for College

Grade 10
  • Investigate career information.  Printed materials and computerized software are available in the guidance office.
  • Analyze the courses you should take in high school to prepare for the career you are considering.
  • Look at college catalogs or review college web sites.
  • Visit one or more college, perhaps during a family vacation in the summer before your junior year.
  • Visit your high school counselor and ask questions.

Grade 11

  • Continue to examine career possibilities and the education requirements for the career which interests you.
  • Take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the fall. 
  • Find out about college admission procedures by looking through the College Handbook and other guides.
  • Take the American College Test (ACT) or SAT I: Reasoning Test in the spring.
  • Consider taking the SAT II - Subject Tests.
  • Talk to your teachers about taking the Advanced Placement examination.  Sign up for the exam through your counselors.
  • If you want to attend one of the service academies or apply for an ROTC scholarship, begin the application in the spring.
  • List the colleges that interest you and visit one or more colleges during the summer after your junior year.
  • Learn more about specific colleges by meeting with college representatives who visit your high school.
  • Plan your senior schedule carefully.  Select a full academic program.  Check the college entrance requirements again to be sure you are meeting them.
  • Complete and submit the NCAA Athletic Eligibility Form at the end of the year.  Register online: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
  • See your high school counselor for assistance.

Grade 12

  • Visit your high school counselor in the fall and keep him/her informed of your plans. 
  • Complete each college application and all financial aid forms before deadline dates.
  • If you need to submit recommendations from your teachers, give your teachers the necessary forms along with a properly addressed, stamped envelope.  Let the teachers know the deadline date and allow teachers two weeks to complete them.
  • Research and complete applications for scholarships.  Consult your counselor for information on many local opportunities.
  • Visit any additonal colleges you may have decided to consider.
  • Take any SAT I, ACT, or SAT II tests which are required.
  • In the spring, revisit colleges which have accepted you if you are not certain which college you want to attend.
  • After deciding which college you are going to attend, respond to each offer of admission.
  • Let your counselor know about your decision.
  • Take any AP Exams for which you are prepared.

June - Graduation

We trust that your high school experiences have been pleasant and valuable.  Our sincere best wishes for a happy and successful future.

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