12th Grade Information

  • ATTENTION SENIORS: ALL Scholarship Information is posted in your MS Teams! 
     
    What should I be doing during my senior year? 
    August: 
    -Register for SAT/ACT test.
    -Compile a preliminary list of colleges that you might be interested in. 
    -Explore the website of the colleges that interest you and learn about admission requirements. 
    -Check your schedule and make sure that you meet graduation requirements and admission requirements. 
    -Look over applications and think about essay topics. 
    -Visit campuses and interview college representatives. 

    September: 
    -Register for SAT/ACT test. 
    -Talk with family & your counselor about college choices. 
    -Request letters of recommendations. 
    -Continue to visit campuses and meet with college representatives. 
    -Request applications from colleges. 
    -Create a chart for application deadlines. 
    -Work on college essays. 
    -Get involved at school/community level--find a leadership position! 
    -Work to strengthen academic record. 

    October: 
    -Register for SAT/ACT test. 
    -Keep grades up! -Talk with family & your counselor about college choices. 
    -Narrow your college list to 6-8 schools. 
    -Create a chart for application deadlines.
    -Request letters of recommendations.  
    -Take advantage of college fairs and virtual tours. 
    -Complete applications for EARLY ADMISSIONS! 
    -Research financial aid and scholarships. 
    -Get your college essays in shape! 
    -Keep track of ALL application components (applications, test scores, letters of recommendations, & financial aid)
    -Involvement in school/community activities!

    November: 
    -Register for SAT/ACT test. 
    -Don't let your grades slide! 
    -Talk with family & your counselor about college choices.
    -Create a chart for application deadlines. 
    -Request letters of recommendations. 
    -Check on application materials for EARLY ADMISSIONS! 
    -Work on essays. 
    -Involvement in school/community activities. 
    -Continue to research and complete scholarships! 

    December/January: 
    -Register for SAT/ACT test. 
    -Be sure to send test scores to colleges. 
    -Confirm recommendations have been sent to schools.-Create a chart for application deadlines. 
    -Talk with family & your counselor about college choices.  
    -Study Hard for exams to keep grades up! 
    -Submit FAFSA. 
    -If accepted through EARLY ADMISSIONS, please be sure to follow through with paperwork! 
    -Continue to focus on grades. 
    -Have mid-year grades sent to schools. 
    -Keep track of all deadlines and application components. 
    -Involvement in school/community activities. 
    -Continue to research and complete scholarships! 

    February/March:
    -Register for SAT/ACT test. 
    -If you submitted a FAFSA, look over the Student Aid Report for mistakes! 
    -Contact colleges that don't send you a confirmation receipt for your application. 
    -Apply to schools! 
    -Register for AP testing. 
    -Keep grades HIGH & don't slack off! 
    -Acceptance letters will begin to arrive. 
    -Compare and contrast financial aid offers from schools. 
    -Continue to research and complete scholarships! 
     
    April: 
    -Keep track of all acceptances, rejections, and waitlists. 
    -If waitlisted, please move forward with a back up plan. 
    -Keep grades up. 
    -If you have acceptance letters from colleges and have decided not to go there, please notify them. This is a courtesy to the school and those who may have been waitlisted. 
    -Continue to research and complete scholarships! 

    May/June: 
    -Avoid senioritis! 
    -Prepare for AP testing. 
    -Prepare to have final transcripts sent to colleges. 
    -Send THANK YOU NOTES if needed. 
    -Stay on top of loan situation. 
    -Notify school of any scholarships that you are awarded. 


    July/August: 




    **To male students: you must register for selective service on your 18th birthday to be eligible for federal and state financial aid. 
    12th Grade Action Plan
    www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/action/seniors.html 

    Adventures in Education
    http://www.aie.org/ 

    44 Reasons to Listen to your Guidance Counselor
    http://www.jobprofiles.org/library/guidance-counselors/ 

    20 Questions to ask your Guidance Counselor
    https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/building-support-network/20-questions-to-ask-your-school-counselor

    Student Financial Aid Book for North Carolinians 
    www.cfnc.org/fabook 

    Selective Services Program
    **Remember young men once you reach the age of 18, you need to register. **
    www.sss.gov 

    What Should You Be Doing As A Senior?
    • Take/Re-Take Admission Test (SAT/ACT).
    • Visit the Colleges that you are interested in.
    • Keep a document (RESUME) of accomplishments, activities, community services.
    • Start networking for references-make sure that they know you are using them.
    • Apply for scholarships (local, national, and college).
    • Apply for financial aid after January 1st (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
    • Athletes must apply to National Clearinghouse (www.eligibilitycenter.net)
    What To Look For In A College?
    • Academic Programs
    • College Size (how many are enrolled)
    • Class size (student/teacher ratio)
    • Academic Support
    • Residence Halls
    Concerns For New College Students
    • Preparedness for college placement tests
    • Intensity of college coursework
    • Allocation of homework time
    • Study Skills