Families
College & Career Readiness : Planning Calendar

9th Grade

  • Meet your school counselor
  • Find out about AP and other honors-level courses
  • Pick the right classes and study hard to keep your grades in tip top shape
  • Use your IGP to keep track of your courses and grades
  • Get involved in extra-curricular school and community service activities
  • Explore your talents and possible careers that may interest you
  • Talk to your school counselor, teachers, parents and trusted adults about your future plans
  • Start thinking about the colleges you want to attend and research the admission requirements
  • Make your summer count by volunteering, attending educational programs or working

10th Grade

  • Keep talking with your school counselor, teachers, parents and trusted adults about your future plans
  • Take the PLAN and PSAT
  • Keep your grades up and stay on track with your courses
  • Investigate your options for participating in Dual Enrollment next year
  • Stay involved in extra-curricular school and community service activities
  • Start a list of colleges you are interested in attending and contact the admissions office for information
  • Explore potential careers and research the education or training requirements
  • Read, read, read and practice your writing
  • Review TOPS and TOPS Jumpstart requirements to gauge your progress
  • Get a summer job, volunteer or attend a summer scholars program on a college campus

11th Grade

  • Continue to challenge yourself with rigorous AP, Honors and/or Career & Technical Education courses
  • Participate in one or more Dual Enrollment courses
  • Stay in contact with your counselor and college admission officers
  • Keep those grades up to establish yourself as a potential Top Ten student in your graduating class
  • Attend college and career fairs in your area to collect informational brochures
  • Schedule official college visits or tours to the Top 3 colleges you are interested in attending
  • Begin researching and applying for scholarships
  • Take the ACT or PSAT
  • Set yourself apart as leader with your extra-curricular school or community service activity
  • Continue to read, read, read and start writing your college application essay
  • Develop a Brag Sheet or resume to highlight your activities, achievements and work experience
  • Work, volunteer or attend a summer scholars program on a college campus

12th Grade

  • Meet with your counselor to review your transcript to make sure you’re on track to graduate
  • Keep working hard all year to maintain or improve your GPA and Class Rank
  • Be mindful of deadlines and always submit assignments, applications and information on time
  • Attend financial aid workshops or seminars with your parent or guardian
  • Apply and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Register with the NCAA, if you are a prospective college athlete
  • Take the ACT or SAT
  • Attend college and career fairs in your area and speak with recruiters to narrow your choices
  • Continue to read, read, read and finalize your college application essay
  • Finalize your Brag Sheet or resume to highlight your activities, achievements and work experience
  • Speak with your counselor, teachers, coaches or sponsors about writing a letter of recommendation
  • Narrow your choices of colleges to your Top 5 and apply for Early Decision and Early Action Admission
  • Research and apply for at least $10,000 or more in grant and scholarship opportunities
  • Provide copies of all college acceptance letters and scholarships you have been offered to your counselor
  • Schedule your NEXT STEP! Interview with your counselor
  • Work or volunteer and attend your college’s summer orientation session for students and parents