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4 Year Planning Checklist

Freshman Year

• Get acquainted with your counselor, your resource person while in high school.

•  Plan an activities schedule that may include participation in one or more: athletics, drama, music, student government, school related activities, job, and community service.

• Begin to think about, talk about, ask questions about specific colleges.

• Develop strong work habits; if necessary obtain tutoring.

• Investigate your eligibility for Honors and Advanced Placement courses for Sophomore year.

• Visit the school’s Career Center, learn about the information available there.

• Study diligently to maintain the highest marks possible.

• Know your Social Security Number.

 

 

Sophomore Year

• Keep a strong relationship with your counselor and stay informed.

• Take difficult courses in the areas in which you excel.  

• Maintain strong study habits to achieve your maximum potential.  

• Begin to study college and vocational catalogs, guides and related reference materials.  

• Optional for practice: take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in October.  

• Investigate your eligibility for Honors and Advanced Placement courses for Junior year.  

• Consider summer work experience.  

• If you have not yet found an extracurricular activity at SRHS, investigate the possibilities that are available and get involved in some way to compliment your academic growth.  

 

 

Junior Year

• Attend SRHS College Night for Juniors with your parents (Fall semester).

• Register for/take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) in October.

• Make it your responsibility to listen and read the daily bulletin for announcements of college and vocational school representatives’ visits to campus, and of deadlines for tests.

• Check the requirements/costs of attending various colleges.

• Send away for literature about colleges and vocational programs.

• Visit the campus or campuses of your choice.

• Take the SAT Reasoning/ACT with writing/SAT Subject Tests in May/June of your Junior year.

• Prepare for taking the SAT Reasoning/ACT with writing/SAT Subject Tests in your Senior year; there are review courses available, study booklets, facsimile tests.

• Investigate your eligibility for Honors, and AP (Advanced Placement) courses in your Senior year.

• Take the ASVAB test if you’re interested in the possibility of joining the military.

 

 

Senior Year

• Take SAT Reasoning (or ACT with Writing) and SAT Subject Tests for the school(s) to which you wish to apply no later than the December test date.

• Work diligently on current studies, as colleges seem particularly interested in students maintaining rigorous academic discipline in the Senior year.

• Obtain college application forms by applying online at official websites: For the University of California go to www.universityofcalifornia.edu. For California State University go to https://www2.calstate.edu/apply Send for other application forms on your own. Complete and submit all applications BEFORE THE DEADLINE DATES (Nov. 30th for BOTH UC/CSU).  

• Request transcripts be sent to Colleges. The first three are free with a fee of $3.00 for each additional transcript; a $5.00 fee for former students.  

• Obtain needed secondary school reports from your counselor and letters of recommendation from your teachers as specified on college and scholarship applications. Remember to give your teachers and your counselor at least three weeks advance notice and to have your Autobiographical Sketch completed through Naviance. This provides your recommender with more information about you. 

• Attend all college information sessions as announced in the bulletin.  

• Apply for financial aid if eligible.  

• Attend Financial Aid Information Night (in October).  

• Keep a record of what college admissions procedures you have completed; keep your counselor informed as you formulate plans or revise them.  

• If qualified, take Advanced Placement Exams.

• Take the ASVAB if interested in the possibility of  joining the military.

• Be sure to complete Senior Survey (in May). It is super important because it let helps us keep track of scholarships as well as the Counseling Office where to send out your final Transcript.