College Planning

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE!
Dear students, we know your future is very important to you. Parents, we know you have their success in mind. It is important to us as well and our obligation to provide our students the opportunities. We have taken very careful steps to ensure that our curriculum exceeds the Florida Department of Education’s requirements and meet college entrance expectations . Below are some items to keep in mind at each grade level as they plan for graduation and college. Click here for College Checklist

Meet with your school counselor to discuss college plans and career goals.
Become aware of what courses and standardized tests are required for colleges that you would like to attend.
Enroll in challenging classes, especially college prep courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II, Foreign Language, AP and Honors classes if available).
Take a foreign language.
Prepare for college entrance tests: SAT or ACT. Use prep books or software to help you practice.
In Spring, plan for your sophomore year.
Explore summer opportunities such as jobs, internships, job shadowing, volunteer work, and summer programs.
Meet with school counselor to discuss college majors and career goals.
Narrow down the list of colleges and universities you are interested in attending.
Continue to take challenging classes AP/Honors.
Take a foreign language, in addition to English, History, Mathmatics, and Science.
Sign up and take the PSAT if available.
Prepare for SAT and/orACT. These will be taken your Junior Year.
Visit college websites and complete information request forms.
If enrolled in AP courses, take AP exams in the Spring.
In the Spring, talk to your counselor, teachers, and parents to plan your Junior year.
Write a resume with the help of your parents, teachers or counselors.
Take the PSAT. You must take the PSAT in your junior year to be eligible for National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship.
Send test scores to colleges in which you are interested.
Assume leadership roles in clubs, activities and sports.
Complete all core courses necessary for graduation and all courses required for admission to the colleges you have in mind.
Continue to take challenging courses such as Pre-Calculus or Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry and AP.
Continue with foreign language and English, History, Mathmatics, and Science.
List what you want to study and do in college. Continue to explore college majors and careers.
Attend college night and financial aid programs or other college programs at your school.
Prepare for AP exams
Visit colleges, schedule interviews with admissions counselors at colleges you are considering..
Start a calendar with important standardized tests, admission, and financial aid dates and deadlines.
Consider creating a portfolio highlighting your special skills, interests, and volunteer activities.
In Spring plan for your senior year.
Check into pre-college summer programs.
Consider a summer job, internship, or co-op.
Update your resume.
Over the summer, write essays and complete applications before the start of senior year.
Enroll in classes that offer college credit such as AP and Dual Enrollment.
Register for Fall SAT or the ACT exam, if needed.
Continue to challenge yourself with AP and Honors classes all year.
Continue to take a foreign language, in addition to English, Social Science, Mathematics and Science.
Take AP exams in late Spring to possibly earn college credit. Make sure your high school sends a final transcript to your college.
Keep up grades and attendance. Work hard all year.
Stay on course to complete all core courses for graduation, plus any required courses for college admission.
Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops.
Narrow your list of colleges. Obtain application and financial aid information from each. Visit as many as possible.
Make a master calendar – test dates, deadlines, fees, scholarship applications, etc.
For early admissions, colleges may require test scores and applications in early November.
Ask for letters of recommendation. Give each person your resume and portfolio, a stamped, addressed envelope, and any required forms.
Write application essays.
Search for and apply for scholarships.
Keep copies of everything you send to colleges and note submission dates.
Verifty that transcripts and test scores are being sent to college(s) of choice.
Contact colleges to ensure they have received all application materials.
Acceptance letters and financial aid offers should arrive by mid-April.
Visit your final college of choice before accepting.
Notify colleges about your decision to accept or reject admission.
If you are on a waiting list, tell the admissions director of your intent to enroll if accepted and ask how to strengthen your application.