College Planning Calendar

Ninth Grade


  • Build strong academic, language, mathematics, and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses.

  • Review your courses for this year and be sure you're taking those required to meet graduation requirements.

  • Do your best in all classes. 

  • Join extracurricular groups such as clubs, sports teams, or ASB.  Look for additional volunteer opportunities.


  • Attend a college fair or visit a local college of interest.


  • Locate summer enrichment program opportunities, college and scholarship information.

  • Discuss college plans with parents, friends, and teachers.

  • Meet with your counselor to plan classes for your sophomore year.


  • Take an extra class or participate in a summer enrichment porgram to enhance your academic skills.

  • Read and write.

Tenth Grade


  • Do well academically.  This year is very important.

  • Take the PreACT (Offered at school)

  • Take the Sophmore PSAT or SAT 10.


  • Review score reports

  • Review options for summer opportunities


  • Review summer plans; try to visit a few colleges.

  • End the year with a strong academic record.

  • Attend a college fair, if available.


  • Engage in meaningful activities.

  • Visit a few colleges.

  • Engage in summer reading.

Take two of the following test before the beginning of junior year: (MANDATORY)


Eleventh Grade


  • Concentrate on doing well academically.

  • Take the Junior PSAT/NMSQT in October (Offered at School)

  • Attend college fairs.


  • Go over PSAT/NMSQT score report results.

  • Develop a list of colleges that interest you.

  • Check testing calendar for SAT and ACT test dates.

  • Preview course selection for next year.

  • Continue college research.

  • Visit college campuses.

  • End the year with strong grades.


  • Visit colleges.

  • Enage in activities such as community service and special-interest programs.

  • If you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college, register with the NCAA

    Eligibility Center

    Create a resume-a record of accomplishments, activities, and work experiences since you started high school.

  • Request applications from colleges and check application dates.


Retake one of the following test before the beginning of senior year: (STRONGLY RECOMENDED)


Twelfth Grade


  • Meet college representatives.

  • Attend college fairs.

  • Investigate scholarship opportunitites.

  • Visit colleges.

  • Refine your college list. 

  • Begin Early Decision, Early Action or rolling admissions applications as soon as possible. 

  • Request letters of recommendations from your teachers and counselor. 

  • Start preparing for your personal statement and essays. 

  • Register for the SAT or ACT.

  • Complete applications by their deadlines.

  • Complete initial CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE if required by the colleges to which you are applying.

  • Send seventh-semester grades if requested by the college.


  • Stay focused academically.  Colleges will still look at senior year grades. 

  • File FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms for financial aid.


  • Receive notifications from colleges.

  • Make final decision and notify college.

  • Mail deposit.

  • Take AP exams, if applicable.

  • Request final transcripts sent to your college.