- Get off to a good start with your grades. The grades you earn in ninth grade will count toward college admission and scholarships.
- Explore clubs and activities in and outside of school that will offer you the chance to develop your unique interests and abilities and your leadership skills. Consider becoming a volunteer in your community.
- Visit your counselor to plan out a four-year academic plan that will meet college entrance requirements and put you in the most challenging courses you can handle. If you expect to take Advanced Placement courses later, you may need to sign up for prerequisites now.
- Look into National Collegiate Athletic Association if you think you may want to participate in sports in college. Visit www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Begin to research careers and talk to your parents about your interests and goals. Find opportunities to meet people working in fields that interest you.
- Consider taking SAT II Subject Tests in the courses you took this year while the material is still fresh in your mind. May need to consider for Honors Biology. These tests are offered in May and June. Registration occurs at www.collegeboard.org.
- Begin compiling a resume of activities, honors, leadership positions, and job experience. Continue with this throughout high school because you will need this information for college applications and scholarship forms.
- Read for pleasure.
- Consider registering for the PSAT. This test will help prepare you for the SAT I and help identify weaknesses in time to address them. Registration occurs in September – October in the counseling center. Test is given in October.
- Register to begin using Naviance Family Connection. Naviance is a web-based service designed especially for students and families. Naviance is used to help track and analyze data about college and career plans so it provides up-to-date information that’s specific to our school. Naviance will allow you and your parents to stay ahead of the college process and receive communication from our school. You will be introduced to the program with your counselor where you will complete a career inventory. You will be given a designated registration password and will be asked to log-on and register with an email address.
- Continue to research colleges and become familiar with general college entrance requirements.
- Meet with your counselor to discuss post-secondary options.
- Attend the Council Rock College Fair in March to gather information and meet with admissions representatives.
- Get involved in activities outside of the classroom. Work toward leadership positions in the activities you like best. Become involved in community service and other volunteer activities. Colleges like to see focus and commitment.
- Take Advanced Placement exams if eligible.
- Consider taking SAT II Subject Tests in the courses you took this year while the material is still fresh in your mind. May need to consider for Chemistry. These tests are offered in May and June.
- Keep your grades up.
- Read, read, read.
- Get serious about your schoolwork if you haven’t already. Junior- year grades are extremely important in the college admissions process, as is the rigor of your coursework.
- Stay involved with your activities.
- Take the PSAT in October to practice for the SAT I and to qualify for scholarships offered by the National Merit Corporation.
- Attend the college visitation sessions offered at the high school.
- Continue using Naviance to access college information and admissions statistics.
- December/January attend meetings with counselor in small groups to discuss the college search and application process.
- Discuss with your parents the information presented in the junior college group meetings. Share with them the information that was distributed.
- Review PSAT test results with your parent or counselor and decide whether you would benefit from an SAT I preparation course.
- Do individual research into colleges best suited to your needs by using computer programs and/or writing to colleges for information. Don’t forget about using Naviance for critical college information.
- If still interested in participating in college athletics, become familiar with eligibility requirements by visiting www.eligibilitycenter.org
- Check with schools to see if they prefer or require the SAT or ACT. Most colleges accept either test.
- Take the SAT I at least twice in the spring. Register online at www.collegeboard.org.
- Consider taking the ACT exam. Register online at www.act.org.
- Attend Council Rock College Fair in March to research colleges and meet with admissions representatives.
- Consider taking the SAT II Subject Tests in June if required for admission or placement at the colleges under consideration.
- In the spring meet with your counselor to develop a preliminary list of college choices. Identify the characteristics of a college that matter to you – size, location, distance, cost, academic rigor, social environment, diversity, major. Use Naviance to do a college search and view college information. Visit specific college’s websites for the most accurate information.
- Take Advanced Placement exams if eligible.
- Make college visits in spring and summer.
- If interested in completing summer coursework or participating in pre-college summer programs see your counselor for information.
- Over the summer narrow list of college choices to a minimum of one “reach”, one “best match” and one “guarantee.”
- Update resume of activities, honors, leadership positions, and job experience. This information will be requested on college applications and scholarship forms.
- In September schedule a college planning conference with counselor. Decide whether an early decision application is appropriate. Review transcript with counselor to make sure everything is in order.
- Stay involved with extracurricular activities.
- Use Naviance to access college information and request transcripts be sent electronically.
- Register for fall SAT/ACT testing before December if needed. List colleges who should receive scores at time of registration.
- In fall, meet with college admissions representatives that visit the high school. A list of visitations can be found on Naviance and website.
- Finish any campus tours.
- If plan on participating in athletics in college you need to register with the NCAA clearinghouse at: www.eligibilitycenter.org.
- Research scholarship opportunities by reviewing resources on counseling website. Ask colleges about scholarships for which you may qualify.
- In the fall attend the Financial Aid night offered at Council Rock.
- File financial aid forms after October 1. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov for more information.
- Check to see if you need to send the CSS profile for financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Check out www.collegeboard.org. for more information.
- Discuss the college essay with an English teacher or your counselor.
- File your applications, electronically, early in your senior year in order to receive the most favorable consideration from the colleges. THANKSGIVING is suggested as a good deadline for first choice applications. All other applications should be completed prior to December vacation (deadline for transcript requests is usually mid-December). It is your responsibility to pay attention to deadlines.
- Request SAT/ACT scores be sent directly to the colleges. For more information go to www.collegeboard.org or www.act.org. Failure to do so will delay your application process.
- Students are required to bring in their completed transcript request forms to the counselor. The student should make an appointment with their counselor to turn in the first transcript request form in order to review it and complete the interview for the letter of recommendation.
- If a college requires you to obtain recommendations from teachers, it is your responsibility to ask the teacher if he/she would be willing to write one for you. Remember the teacher’s teaching responsibilities come first, so allow plenty of time before deadlines. Most teachers will submit through Naviance, if not, you should give the teachers a stamped envelope addressed to the college’s admission office. Ask teachers who know you well and who will write positive letters. Letters from a coach, activity leader, or adult who knows you well outside of school are also valuable.
- Mid-year grades will be sent to colleges by the counseling office upon request. They are not automatically sent to all colleges to which you have applied.
- Inquire about personal interviews at your favorite colleges.
- Follow up to make sure colleges have received all application information including recommendations, transcripts, and test scores.
- Watch your email/mail between March 1 and April 1 for acceptances from colleges.
- Watch email/mail for notification of financial awards.
- Make final choice and notify all schools of your intent by May 1.
- Let your counselor know your decision where you will attend college so that a final transcript can be sent.
- At anytime during this process do not hesitate to ask your counselor questions.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR APPLICATIONS
Council Rock High School - South
2002 Rock Way
Holland, PA 18966
Phone #: 215-944-1106
School Code: 391790
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