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Juniors

Monthly College Planner for your Junior Year

SEPTEMBER

  • If you are registered to take the PSAT on October 14th, start to prepare for it. Booklets will be distributed to you in September. Look at the PSAT/NMSQT page on www.collegeboard.org.
  • Practice good study habits from the first day of school.
  • Check the schedule for college visits from admission representatives to PWHS. The schedule is posted on the bulletin board outside of the Counseling Center and may also be found on Naviance and the Family Connection. Visit College Counseling to receive a pass to attend a session.
  • Plan to attend a college fair. Check the PWHS Counseling Calendar for dates.
  • Register for the November SAT. The deadline is in early October.

OCTOBER

  • Parents should attend a financial aid session on October 19 to understand that process better.
  • If you have registered, you will take the PSAT/NMSQT in October to prepare for the SAT and to be eligible for National Merit Scholarship competition.
  • Look to participate in a job shadow related to your career interest.
  • If you are interested in a military academy or ROTC, get information now.

NOVEMBER

  • Attend the National Assoc for College Admission Counseling College Fair on Sunday, November 12, 11:00AM - 3:00PM at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
  • Keep your grades up. Your junior year is extremely important in college admission.
  • Plan college visits whenever possible.
  • Become familiar with what is available in the Counseling Center.
  • Register by early November deadline for the December SAT.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS ABOUT MILITARY RECRUITINGBoth federal and state laws of Pennsylvania require that any local educational agency receiving assistance under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 provide military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as is provided to post secondary education institutions or prospective employers of students. In compliance with these laws we must provide military recruiters with a student directory of names, addresses and phone numbers of all juniors and seniors. The military use these directories for recruiting purposes and for informing students of scholarship opportunities. Parents have the right to request their child's information not be included. Send a written request via postal mail or email to the attention of Mrs. V. Marino in the College Counseling Center by 11/30/2017 in order for your child's name to be deleted from the directory. Additional information on this requirement may be found in the PA Dept. of Education's Web site www.pde.state.pa.us in Basic Education Circulars—Access to Secondary Students.
  • Encourage your parents to attend "Nuts and bolts of College Admission" on November 9th at 7PM.

DECEMBER

JANUARY

  • Think about which college(s) you would like to explore.
  • Visit www.collegeboard.com for college information and test preparation.
  • Memorize your Social Security number and the PWHS School Code (394040).
  • When registering for senior year courses, be sure to take strong college preparatory courses.
  • Get teacher recommendation forms from the college counseling office. Ask one or two teachers from the first semester NOW for a letter. Request they return the letter to the counseling office.
  • Register for the March SAT. The deadline is in late January.

FEBRUARY

  • Meet with Ms. Tamborello to begin to refine your list of colleges to explore.
  • When selecting your senior courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself. If you have a particular college major in mind, check to see if a particular high school course is required.
  • Think about taking the SAT Subject Test this spring. Some colleges require them for admission.
  • Begin to think about majors and careers. Visit Naviance and the Family Connection and/or www.pacareerzone.org.

MARCH

  • Use the Internet and Naviance and the Family Connection to access college web sites and become familiar with the materials available to you in the Counseling Center.
  • Keep all college information sent to you filed alphabetically in a box.
  • Research interesting and challenging summer courses, jobs, travel, or activities. These are important for your resume and might help as you write your college essays.
  • Visit colleges during spring break.
  • Register for the May SAT. The deadline is in early April.

APRIL

  • Continue to evaluate colleges.
  • Begin eliminating some choices from your original list.
  • Ask one or two teachers to write you a letter of recommendation if you have not already done so.
  • Plan to attend a college fair.

MAY

  • Take SAT Subject Tests (if appropriate).
  • Take Advanced Placement exams (if appropriate). All students in AP classes will automatically be scheduled to take the AP test.
  • Make wise use of your summer; pursue a summer school program or work as a volunteer.
  • Plan visits to colleges during the summer.
  • Use Naviance and the Family Connection to create your "resume." Record all your accomplishments, involvements, and work experiences of the past three years.

JUNE

  • After school ends, get on the road to visit colleges.
  • Athletes should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. The form is available online at www.ncaa.org.

JULY – AUGUST

  • Visit colleges, take tours and schedule interviews. Continue to refine your list.
  • Attend summer programs offered at PWHS on college admissions.
  • Get involved with your community in an employment or volunteer capacity.

For more information about college planning or the college planners for all four years of high school, please visit counseling's College Planning page.

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