Planning for Post Secondary Success

Freshmen

Talk to your counselor or teachers about Advanced Placement courses.

  • Find out what courses are available, whether you are eligible, and how to enroll in them

Start planning for college and thinking about your career interests.

Make a list of your awards, honors, paid or volunteer work, and extracurricular activites.

  • Consider participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, and science.

Sophomores

Meet with your school counselor or mentor to discuss colleges and their requirements.

Consider taking a practice Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) or the PLAN exam.

Plan to use your summer wisely.

  • Work
  • Volunteer
  • Take a summer course

Go to career-related information events to get a more detailed look at career options.

Juniors

Explore careers and their earning potential

Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by college representatives.

  • Presentation sign-up sheets are located in the Guidance Office.

Take the PSAT/NMSQT

Register for and take exams for college admission

  • The tests that many colleges require are the SAT Reasoning Test, the SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT.
  • Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.

Use https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships to f ind scholarships for which you might want to apply.

  • Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th and 12th grades, so prepare now to submit applications soon.

Complete the Letter of Recommendation Questionnaire during the summer and ask teachers/counselors to write recommendation letters at least two weeks before you need them.

Seniors

Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending. If you can, visit the schools that interest you.

Contact colleges to request information and applications for admission.

  • Ask about financial aid, admission requirements, and deadlines.

Decide whether you are going to apply under a particular college's early decision or early action program.

  • Be sure to learn about the program deadlines and requirements.

To access a "to-do" list for college-bound seniors, visit: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/15/5176699/to-do-list-for-college-bound-seniors.html#.VDbIMN7D-M8

Parents:  A 5-minute video, "How to Help Your Teen Find the Right College", can be viewed here:  http://www.today.com/id/26184891/vp/44685420#44685420