Grade 11

POST-SECONDARY PLANNING

 

The junior year curriculum revolves around discussion and preparation for life after graduation. Students have another opportunity to sit for the PSAT in the fall and are invited to make individual appointments with counselors throughout the year. In addition, many juniors choose to take the SAT or ACT for the first time during the winter or spring. A class assembly features a presentation by a representative from a college admissions office, encouraging students to begin thinking about their future plans. During fourth quarter, guidance seminars focus upon tasks such as:

  • the college search process
  • a mock admission committee
  • college essay brainstorming and writing
  • resume formatting

 

Information for Juniors

Junior Timeline

TIMELINE FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

 

AUTUMN OF JUNIOR YEAR:

  1. Conduct intensive research on colleges and universities
  2. Visit colleges as time permits.  Many colleges have weekend programs during the autumn
  3. Consider registering for the January SAT if appropriate
 

 

SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR:

  1. Continue visiting colleges  (ideal times are February and April vacations)
  2. Begin interviews where appropriate
  3. Take Spring SAT (March or May) if appropriate
  4. Take Spring ACT (April or June)
  5. Speak with one-to-two teachers before summer vacation about writing possible recommendation(s)
  6. Parent should complete and return the Parent-Guardian College Input Form to your school counselor
 

 

SUMMER INTO SENIOR YEAR:

  1. Visit colleges and schedule appropriate interviews
  2. Complete the Common Application  (https://www.commonapp.org/)
  3. Rough draft essay ideas
  4. Complete an activities resume in Naviance
 

 

FALL OF SENIOR YEAR:

  1. Register for October, November and/or December SAT and ACT
  2. Visit colleges and schedule appropriate interviews
  3. WATCH DEADLINES: Students must allow a minimum of three weeks for requesting Guidance materials to be processed and submitted to colleges
  4. All application material requests with a January 1st deadline must be submitted in Naviance no later than December 1st to guarantee submission/mailing before winter vacation
  5. Students applying EARLY must notify counselor of their intentions, complete their information as requested in NAVIANCE, and submit the $5.00 transcript fee BY MID-SEPTEMBER to guarantee meeting early deadlines
  6. Initial senior appointments will be scheduled with counselor starting mid-September
  7. Determine Financial Aid requirements at each college and register on-line (https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/) for the “CSS PROFILE" if colleges to which student is applying require this form
  8. If applying for financial aid, apply for and obtain FAFSA pin numbers for both student and parents in early fall (https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa)
  9. Check with each college BEFORE the DEADLINE for that college to insure that application is complete/all materials have been received
 

 

WINTER OF SENIOR YEAR:

  1. Complete the FAFSA - available starting October 1st the year before enrolling in college - remember financial aid is first come-first served.
  2. Update colleges if appropriate
 

 

SPRING OF SENIOR YEAR:

  1. Visit colleges BEFORE making final decisions
  2. Notify Guidance Office of application decisions
  3. Document all application decisions in Naviance
  4. Notify all colleges of decisions to attend or not to attend before May 1st

 

The Dover Sherborn Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

  • Dover-Sherborn High School
  • 9 Junction Street, Dover, MA 02030
  • Phone (508) 785-1730
  • Fax (508) 785-8141
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