Preparing for and Choosing the “Right” Colleges

Preparing for and Choosing the “Right” Colleges

When our students become juniors, they will begin the year preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT in October. After the exam, they begin to shift their focus to begin preparing for the SAT/ACT in the Spring.

In addition to test prep, our Juniors will gather the portfolio they’ve created the past two years learning about themselves and their future careers and begin an intensive college search. They will begin by starting with a larger list that they are required to explore and compare in order to narrow down their choices. In the process, they will practice interview skills and questions, attend Fall and Spring college fairs, participate in visits from Representatives and attend open houses and tour dates at potential colleges.

By March, our students work with their counselor to register for their standardized exams (SAT/ACT) and continue to prepare for these exams. By June, our students have a firm list of colleges to which they will submit applications, and have already started working on their common application and coalition application essays in addition to any required supplements for their chosen schools.

To Summarize:

  • Students work with their counselor to register for the SAT/ACT.

  • Students will take the PSAT/NMSQT in October.

  • Students engage in an intensive college search alongside their counselor and compare their results to limit their lists to schools that truly highlight their skills and potential.

  • Students will attend fall and spring college fairs.

  • Students participate in mock interviews to prepare for college application interviews

  • Students attend college open houses and tour dates.

  • Student attend Representative Visits on campus throughout the year.

  • Students meet with their counselor regularly to prepare for standardized exams, track their progress on assignments, and planning for the future year(s).

  • Students continue to track their course selections, activities, service, and test scores.

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