Junior Grade Level Planning
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- Review and update the plans and activities you began tracking when you were a freshman.
- Begin to research your interest and colleges that caught your eye during last year's Sunshine College Fair.
- Prepare to take the PSAT in October. This test is not for practice but administered nationally to junior students. Students who score exceptionally high may be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
- Speak with college representatives that are visiting Saint Andrew's throughout the fall. With your teacher's permission you may miss a class to see them at the CGO. Calendars for visits are posted at the CGO and on the school website.
- If you are a student athlete, complete your online NCAA registration at www.eligibilitycenter.org if you have not already done so.
- Take the PSAT. Saint Andrew's School will register each student for this test and everyone will take it on the same day and time- typically the second or third Wednesday of the month.
- Begin to establish criteria that make a college right for YOU. Talk to family, friends, and teachers about their choices and experiences in college.
- Continue to keep an eye on the calendars of which colleges are visiting Saint Andrew's. Try to attend two or three sessions for schools of particular interest to you.
Evaluate your first quarter grades and identify areas of weakness; be sure to seek extra help. Use this time to build momentum going into the final month of the semester so you are ready for your exams. NOTE: The grade point average that is reported to colleges when you apply in your senior year is a cumulative GPA through the end of junior year.
Attend the College Night Kickoff where you will become formally introduced to the College Guidance Program at Saint Andrew's School. You will be assigned a college counselor and your relationship with the College Guidance Office (CGO) becomes increasingly individualized from this point on.
- Be sure to make your initial appointment with your college counselor to meet before the Holiday break.
- Make sure that your "Profile" in Naviance, our web based counseling tool, is accurate.
- Complete the "Game Plan," "Personality Style," and "Learning Style" before meeting with your counselor.
- Register for the ACT. Be sure to use Saint Andrew's School Code 100132, to ensure that your scores are sent to the CGO.
- Attend the Junior College Night.
- Be sure to make an appointment for you and your parents to meet with your college counselor before Spring Break.
- Complete the "Brag Sheet" before your meeting with your counselor and parents.
- Remind your parents to complete the Junior Parent Response Form before their meeting with your college counselor.
- Begin to explore Summer enrichment and internship opportunities.
- Take the SAT Reasoning Test.
- Make sure that you have taken or are registered to take all standardized tests that you and your counselor have discussed. Typically you should have taken the ACT in February, the SAT in March or May and SAT Subject tests in June (after final exams and AP testing).
- Utilize your time during Spring Break to visit colleges of interest. When you visit colleges, make sure to ask questions, talk to students, and keep a list of likes and dislikes for each campus visit.
- Consider which teachers could best prepare college recommendations on your behalf and discuss this with them. You will be required to have them sign an agreement in May.
- Make your second individual appointment with your college counselor. You should have your second meeting prior to the end of the school year.
- If you are in an AP course, you are required to take the AP exam. Saint Andrew's will register you for this test when you sign your contract to enroll in AP courses.
- Keep your resume updated as your junior year ends. You are not far from having a draft that will be submitted to colleges and universities.
- Have teachers sign the "Teacher Recommendation Agreement Form" and turn it into the CGO.
- Give serious time and preparation to all your final exams.
- Spend your summer productively.
- If appropriate, take the SAT Subject test in June.
- Visit colleges and request information for prospective students. You may, almost always, find this information in the college websites.
- If an application is available, consider working on a rough draft of the essay. You will be glad you did this! You may be able to use a single essay for multiple applications.
- Enjoy your last summer as a student.
TIPS AND MANTRAS FOR JUNIORS
- Remember that visiting with college reps on our campus is your chance to make a first great impression to a college you are thinking about. It is also a great time to determine if the college is right for you.
- When trying to decide what teacher to ask, make sure it is someone that knows you both in an out of the classroom. It may also be someone who knows you well as a student- remember that is isn't always the teacher for which you get the highest grades.
- When registering for standardized tests, refrain from having the score automatically sent to colleges.
- Saint Andrew's School is a test center for the SAT/SAT Subject Tests in May and November. If you are more comfortable taking the test on our campus you should consider taking your first one in May.
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