HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING
Setting the stage for success:
- Meet with your counselor to develop a four-year plan.
- Practice good time management and study skills in high school.
- Work hard in challenging courses.
- Become involved in activities in and out of school.
- Assess your interests and abilities.
- Use summer months to broaden your experiences (i.e., take a college course, work, travel, volunteer).
Getting Started: www.collegeboard.com
- September - June: Continue to practice time management and study skills in high school.
- October: Take the PSAT for practice.
- November: Go to Conestoga Valley College Fair.
- December: Attend PSAT/College Night, Analyze your PSAT results, Develop strategies for improving your scores, Set up a simple system for organizing college information.
- January: Attend Financial Aid Night at EAHS.
- February - June: Begin to explore college choices and possible majors. Plan for summer activities.
Exploring The Possibilities:
- September - June: Continue to strengthen your skills as a student. Speak to college representatives that visit the High School. Write resume´.
- October: Take the PSAT.
- November: Attend College Fair at Conestoga Valley. Continue to research and begin to visit colleges. Make contact with college coaches if you play a sport.
- December: Attend PSAT/College Night at EAHS. Analyze PSAT results. Develop plan for SAT and ACT preparation.
Attend Financial Aid Night at EAHS. Begin to narrow the college
possibilities. Find out which tests colleges require. Register for SAT
and SAT Subject Tests (www.collegeboard.com) if necessary. Register for ACT (www.act.org) if necessary.
- March - June: Take SAT and SAT Subject Tests if necessary. Take ACT if necessary. Continue to research & visit colleges (admissions and financial aid offices.
- May: Take AP tests. Plan summer activities.
- July - August: Narrow list of colleges, including "reach" and "safety" schools. Begin work on college applications (essay, letters of recommendation, resume´) Participate in summer experiences.
Pursuing Your Future:
- September - October: Plan overnight visits to colleges. Prepare for scheduled interviews. Be aware of deadlines (Early decision often Nov. 1). Take SAT and SAT Subject Tests if necessary. Take ACT if necessary. Ask for letters of recommendation (Allow at least 2 weeks). Submit applications. Request transcripts to be sent (Allow at least 2 weeks).
- November: Take SAT and SAT Subject Tests if necessary. Take ACT if necessary.
- December: Gather information for financial aid forms. Research national and local scholarships.
- January: Attend Financial Aid Night. File FAFSA and Profile Financial Aid Forms.
- January - March: Continue to check with Counseling Office for scholarship information. Reply to acceptances and meet deadline for deposits. Finalize financial aid package. Request final transcripts to be sent to school.