Plan for the year ahead
- Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you are enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, math, history, science, and world language.
- Get more involved with extracurricular activities
- Volunteer! Colleges love to see students who have volunteered their time to help others. (One survey even stated 1000 hours of community service during high school was valued as highly as scoring a perfect score on the SAT!)
- Go to college fairs in your area
- Meet with college admission representatives who visit our high school
- Plan to take the PSAT in October (usually the second Wednesday in October). Registration for the PSAT begins in early September. The last day to register to ensure we have a test for you will be Friday, September 21st. You may sign up for the PSAT in the Guidance Office.
- If you reply "yes" for the Student Search Service when taking the PSAT, you will receive mail from colleges and scholarships opportunities.
- When your scores from the PSAT come back in December, use the information to help improve your skills. Follow the link that comes with your PSAT results to get personalized help from Kahn Academy.
Learn About Colleges
- Use your Naviance account to learn more about colleges
- Check out the "About Me" section of your Naviance account.
- Talk to friends who are home for the weekend or holiday
- Learn about college costs and how financial aid works
Extracurricular Activities and Community Service
- Get involved at school or in the community.
- Colleges want to see a commitment to and a passion for an activity outside of the classroom.
- Volunteer for leadership positions
- When you find something you like to do, stick with it. Colleges would rather see you are committed to something rather than see that you've dabbled in a lot of things.
- Your out of school activities can show colleges that you have made a meaningful committment to something, you can maintain a long term commitment, and you can manage your time and priorities.
- Gaining work experience can help you identify career interests and goals, gain work experience, and apply classroom learning to the real world.
- Working is a great way to save money for college
- You can also gain skills and experience through volunteer work, such as tutoring other students or helping out at a nursing home.