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 Parent Timeline

PARENT 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. Take College Board’s Subject Tests in June as appropriate after discussion with subject teacher
  6. Remind student in May to speak with one-to-two teachers before summer vacation about writing possible recommendation(s)
  7. Complete and return the Parent-Guardian College Input Form to your child’s school counselor


SUMMER INTO SENIOR YEAR:

  1. Visit colleges and schedule appropriate interviews
  2. Complete the Common Application  (www.commonap.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's, Subject Tests (consult counselor), 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 1, 2018 deadline must be submitted in Naviance no later than Friday, December 1, 2017 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 processing fee BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 to guarantee meeting early deadlines.
  6. Initial senior appointments will be scheduled with counselor starting Tuesday, September 12, 2017
  7. Determine Financial Aid requirements at each college and register on-line (www.collegeboard.com) 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 @ www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  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. Mail or submit electronic FAFSA now available October 2017 - 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
  5. Take June Subject Tests if requested by college for placement purposes

 

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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