Junior year is a good time to begin making plans for your future. Your school counselors are here to help you through this process. In addition to meeting with you individually to help formulate your post-secondary plans, we also instruct a 10-week Junior Workshop series in order to give you the skills you will need to attain your post-secondary goals.
To assist in your future planning, you should begin to consider the following:
Interests, abilities, achievements, values, and aspirations are important factors to be considered in setting your goals. Explore these areas including computer based surveys and the internet, paper and pencil tests, and conversations with friends, family, and your school counselor.
Exploring career options can help in setting goals and possibly in selecting courses in high school. Use print materials, computer generated information, job shadowing and use of Community School to assist you in more clearly identifying your direction.
High School Program
High school courses should be selected based on graduation requirements, exploration and development of personal interests, meeting college or other post-secondary school options, and preparing to enter the job market after graduation. You should consult with your counselor on a yearly basis to determine if you are meeting your goals.
Use your “free time” to develop hobbies or other interests. Get involved in school, community and church activities. In particular, seek out ways that you can provide service to your community and to others in need of your skills and talents. Broaden your interests through reading, travel and contact with knowledgeable people. Above all, remember that the quality and not the quantity of these activities is most important to colleges reviewing your application.
Investigate the institutions or training programs that offer the types of programs you desire. Consult with print and computerized resource materials and with people who have attended these institutions. Learn about the projected demands in your selected vocational field. Attend information programs conducted by admissions representatives from all types of schools in addition to attending the representative visits in the Career Center.
Write or telephone for an appointment and a campus tour. Spend time visiting classes, dormitories, cafeterias, the library, and special facilities. Speak with students to find out what life is like both on weekends and weekdays.
Talk with your counselor and consult written materials to learn about the requirements of various schools and the degree of competition in gaining admission. Know the application procedures and deadlines.
Parents and students should become knowledgeable about financing further education. Consideration should be given to federal, state and local sources of financial assistance. Be sure the sources you use are current and up-to-date. Investigate your eligibility for merit and/or need-based financial aid. Attend the December Financial Aid Night to learn more about financial aid and the required application procedures.
Get references, transcripts, applications, and other materials early in the process. Applications for admission should be completed well before deadlines. Scholarship applications and related material should also be completed prior to deadlines.
* The following is a recommended time table guide to assist student and families during the college preparation and planning process.
___ Review your student's Junior class schedule
___ Attend the annual Curriculum Night
___ Read and review the Student Handbook
___ Highlight important dates on the school calendar (grading periods, exams, etc.)
___ Encourage your student to register for and take the PSAT
___ Attend the annual College Fair (at Conard HS)
___ Attend Financial Aid Night
___ Discuss the twelfth-grade course selections with your student, carefully noting graduation and college admission requirements
___ Parents attend Junior Planning Night
___ If your student is an in an Advanced Placement course, consult with his/her teacher regarding taking the AP exam (May) and/or the SAT Subject Test (May/June)
___ Review PSAT results and register an account on www.collegeboard.org
___ Register for Spring SAT/ACT
___ Discuss with your student his/her Junior Workshops
___ Register for AP exams
___ Prepare and plan college/career visits and interviews as needed
___ Discuss with your student his/her Junior Workshops
___ Register for April/May/June ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests
___ Attend the National College Fair (Hartford)
___ Use April break to visit colleges
___ Register for UConn ECE courses for fall
___ Take AP Exams
___ Speak to teachers about letters of recommendation and give them request forms
___ File with NCAA Clearinghouse (Div I & II athletes)
___ Take SAT/SAT Subject Tests
___ Draft college essay
___ Arrange college visits/interviews for summer
___ Take SAT/SAT Subject/ACT tests
___ Finalize college application list
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Free online college resource guide and student platform claiming to cover more than 1,600 colleges and universities in the United States. The Unigo website is used by college students to share photos, videos, documents, and reviews of their school. High school students and parents use the site as a research tool to explore college options.
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U.S. News & World Report
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University and College Accountability Network
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Historically Black Colleges and Universities
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Virtual Campus Tours
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The Common Application
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Common Black College Application
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The purpose of Junior Planning Workshops is to prepare all juniors for their individual post high school choices. Assigned classes will meet each Wednesday during the 3rd quarter. Attendance is mandatory and will be taken.
Topics for this workshop series will include:
- Understanding the college application process
- Registering and preparing for standardized testing (SAT, ACT)
- Researching colleges and technical/vocational schools (Naviance, College Board)
- Understanding requirements for admissions
- Filing out an application (Common Application or another application dependent on student's individual goals)
- Writing a resume
- Essay Writing Tips
- Interviewing Skills
In order to fulfill the Junior Planning Workshop requirements, students will complete and hand-in a Mock Applicatoin Packet. These packets will include:
- SAT /ACT Scores or Proof of Registration (www.collegeboard.org)
- Worksheet on Reach/Target and Safety Schools (Handout or Naviance)
- List of colleges in ‘Colleges I’m Thinking About’ (Naviance)
- Course Verification/with graduation credit check (parent/guardian signed)
- Copy of your Transcript (obtained by filling out a Transcript Request Form)
- Essay—Topic chosen and Outline, list of topics, or Draft of Essay
- Resume draft on Naviance
- Student Brag Sheet (Naviance) (Parent Brag Sheet strongly encouraged)