Academics
College Advising

Timeline

9th Grade

  • Build a flexible schedule allowing for study time, extracurriculars, and other interests.
  • Get involved in activities in which you have a genuine interest, or try something new.
  • 9th grade is the foundation for the rest of high school; begin learning how to study effectively, how to ask for help, and how to balance your time.
  • Look at summer opportunities to work or volunteer.

10th Grade

  • Attend group college advising sessions during spring semester to begin to look ahead to the college process and for an introduction to Naviance, our online college planning program.
  • Take the PSAT at school in October.
  • Evaluate your course selection and make sure you are taking a reasonably rigorous schedule.
  • Continue taking part in meaningful activities outside of school.
  • If you wish to pursue athletics in college, take a look at NCAA requirements.
  • Consider summer opportunities for work, volunteering, or academic enrichment.

11th Grade

  • Take the PSAT at school in October.
  • Attend group college advising sessions throughout the year.
  • Attend visits from college representatives at school to begin to learn about different colleges and universities, and go to the annual NACAC College Fair in September.
  • Meet with the college adviser twice during spring semester. She’ll help you plan standardized testing and start to build a college list.
  • Take one ACT and/or one SAT between December and April of 11th grade. Talk with your college adviser about your scores and for help planning future testing.
  • Plan college visits over spring break or during the summer.
  • Parents: Schedule a meeting with the college adviser in May or June.
  • Request teacher recommendations between February and May.
  • Consider summer opportunities for work, volunteering, or academic enrichment.

12th Grade

  • Continue group college advising sessions.
  • Meet twice with the college adviser during fall to finalize your college list and for help planning and completing applications.
  • Continue taking the ACT or SAT as needed.
  • Continue visiting colleges as needed, and attending visits from college reps on campus.
  • Attend optional College Application Workshops.
  • Submit college applications between November and February, according to your colleges’ deadlines.
  • Parents: Apply for financial aid (between October and January).
  • Receive decisions and financial aid/scholarship packages from colleges between December and April.
  • Choose your college and make an enrollment deposit by May 1.