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Planning Calendar

Not every item on this list applies to every student, but this checklist does provide a good general guideline for your planning process.

Grade 9

Beginning in 9th grade, your grades and courses begin to “count”! Your Grade Point Average, courses, grades and credits will become a permanent part of your transcript. This is also a great time to get involved in school and community activities; these will be listed on college applications in the future.

___ Choose courses wisely and do your best.

___ Get to know your school counselor.

___ Group Guidance

___ Set realistic short-term and long-term academic goals.

___ Gather information about yourself.
(What are you interested in? What are you good at?)

___ Take opportunities for early school visits, formal or informal.

___ Find an extra-curricular activity that sparks your interest. Whether it is a sport, school club, community group, volunteer work or a job; get involved!

___ Document your accomplishments and activities

___ Read. Reading makes you smarter. Students who read 5 books over the summer can help reduce the summer slide that occurs when students are not in an academic environment. The fastest way to improve your vocabulary is to read non- fiction books.

Ninth Grade Initiative

Protrait of a Trojan

10 Habits of Highly Effective Students

A Good Place to Study

Study Skills Checklist

Grade 10

As a sophomore, you should continue to work hard academically as well as to continue to get involved in activities. You should also begin to identify your abilities, aptitudes, and interests.

___ Choose courses wisely and do your best.

___ Get to know your school counselor.

___ Gather information about yourself.
(What are you interested in? What are you good at?)

___ Review the results of your PLAN assessment.
(test scores and interest inventory)

___ Take opportunities for early school visits, formal or informal.

___ Continue to get involved in school and community activities.

___ Visit the College and Career Center and learn how to use MCIS.

___ Consider taking the PSAT exam.

___ Group Guidance

___ Plan summer activities

Grade 11

Juniors should begin seriously examining their post-secondary options and planning accordingly. Juniors should take college entrance exams, make college visits, and begin searching for scholarships.
Fall___ Group Guidance___ PSAT test

Gather information about schools throughout year. Some opportunities include:
___ College Fair

___ College Representatives visiting the WHS College and Career Center

___ Selective College Workshop

___ Visit schools (Teachers’ Workshop in October is excellent opportunity).

___ Use MCIS and Naviance for planning and exploring options.

Winter

___ Group Guidance Session

___ Junior Parent Post-High School Planning Night

___ Continue gathering information about yourself and about schools.

___ Continue to use MCIS and Naviance.

Spring

___ Junior Selective College Meeting

___ Group Guidance Session

___ Continue to use MCIS and Naviance.

___ College entrance testing: ACT / SAT I / SAT II

___ Meet with your counselor and your parents to discuss future plans.

Summer

___ Visit schools.

___ Plan meaningful summer activities.

___ Prepare for testing, if needed.

___ Narrow the list of college choices

Grade 12

Senior year is when everything comes together, and you get to see the results of your hard work and planning.

Complete:

Senior Profile

Senior Interest Form

Senior Workshop

Fall___ Gather additional information about schools (see grade 11).

___ Take college entrance tests, as necessary.

___ Make final school visits (Teachers’ Workshop in October is excellent opportunity).

___ Group Guidance Session

___ Complete your biography/resume/personal profile

___ Meet with your counselor to outline the application process.

___ Provide your profile and help your counselor determine what should be included in his/her letter of recommendation if one will be needed.

___ Request letters of recommendation if needed for college and/or scholarship applications.

___ Get writing assistance if application essays will be necessary.

___ Do online searches for possible scholarship and grant opportunities.

___ Complete school applications, following the procedures outlined by the counseling office. Watch deadlines and allow 15 working days for the counseling staff to complete their parts of the application.

Winter

___ After January 1, complete the FAFSA for financial aid consideration.

___ Pay attention to the many scholarship opportunities published through The Counseling Center.

Spring

___ Make final decisions – then enjoy my last few months of high school!