- Make a commitment to do the best you can this year. Review graduation requirements, attendance and tardiness policies
- Review the level of math you will need to be successful in your plan:
o If you are planning to go to college take more than graduation level of math!
o If you are planning on going into medicine or engineering take a lot more math!!
- Apply for Voyage to Excellence Anchorage House Program Phase II or III
- If you want to play college sports review NCAA Clearinghouse requirements and state college requirements
- Understand your transcript and its meaning for career and academic planning
- Set individual goals for the next two years
- Register for the PSAT & ASVAB
- Start a file to collect college and career information.
- Read the PSAT bulletin and take a sample test
- Take the PSAT &/or ASVAB. Be on time; be rested and eat before the test
- Create a Profile on AKCIS
- Begin to develop a working list of career interests
- Consider the cost of schooling/ training, location of the school/program.
- Continue career research and college/vocational planning
- Check for college, training programs, and career fairs and open houses
- Talk with teachers, your parents and professionals in fields that interest you
- Use opportunities for visits to colleges, Job Corps, Job Shadows, and other activities that give you first hand experience with career exploration
- Review your PSAT &/or ASVAB report. See where your strengths are and plan to get extra help with weaker areas
- Make time to take practice SAT tests and/or consider taking an SAT course
- Continue career and college exploration by talking with counselor, parents/guardian or family members, & mentors.
- Be organized. Keep your life skills portfolio up to date with any important papers, awards, special things you have that are useful to show what you have accomplished.
- Update resume
- Maintain good progress by studying and doing well. Get help with Standard Areas that are difficult for you
- Check out the College Board test dates and decide with your counselor on tests and dates for taking the SATs between March and June
- Register for the SAT before the deadline for March/April, May or June tests. Also check out taking the ACT
- Look at Web sites such as the College Board (www.collegeboard.org) for college bound information (www.collegeboard.org)
- Research college scholarship information and financial aid
- Research interesting summer courses, jobs and programs
- Create an initial list of colleges, training or apprenticeship programs to contact for further information.
- Practice test-taking strategies
- Begin your Transition Plan with Teacher or Counselor
- Make applications for summer programs or work
- Go over schedule for senior year and plans after high school with school counselor
- Write, telephone, or use the Internet to request admission literature and financial aid information from the colleges/training programs or Apprenticeship programs on your list. There is no charge and no obligation to obtain general information about admission and financial aid.
- Write or call for college applications and view books, attend college fairs and open houses in the next few months
- Prepare personal essay to use with college and scholarship applications
- Begin to visit colleges and/or trade programs
- Investigate taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and/or the ELPT (English Language Proficiency Test) if you are interested in attending a selective four-year college
- Take SATs or ACTs
- Identify 2-3 teachers who know you and can provide letters of recommendations
- Put together a calendar for September -December of important deadlines
- Attend the National College Fair
- Make a plan for completing your graduation levels next year. Remember graduation levels are minimums. If you plan on going to college you’ll need more math.
- Read, read, read. Review math to strengthen skills for SATs.
- Use your summer for special programs and for work related to your career interests.
- Save for senior year expenses and for college needs
- Visit colleges when you travel or have extra time. Call the college admission offices for tours, admission information and interviews. College admission offices are open to see you and present their colleges to you.