Calendar for College Planning

The calendar below includes some of the junior year and extends beyond graduation. It outlines events/dates for students, parents, college admission officers and college counselors.

Junior Year

 

Fall

Juniors: Become familiar with the resources in the college conference room. Junior parents' meeting. Take the PSAT in October. Attend college kick-off in November and choose college counselor. Work on achieving the best possible academic record. Choose one or two activities that you enjoy and can pursue in depth. Discuss testing plan with college counselor.  Take tours of college campuses if vacationing nearby.

January

Juniors: Take the SAT I or ACT.   Schedule an appointment to meet with college counselor, discuss testing plan and college visits during spring break.  

Parents: Sit tight!   Write "parents' recommendation" and send to counselor.

February

Juniors: Meet with college counselor for initial college conference if you have not already done so. 

Parents: Meet with college counselor—initial conference.

March

Juniors:  Continue with testing plan in consultation with counself.  Spring Break (possible college visits).

Parents: Possible college visit trip with junior (Spring Break). Write "parents' recommendation" and send to counselor.

April

Juniors:  Attend THE FOUR SCHOOL COLLEGE FAIR. 

Parents: Attend THE FOUR SCHOOL COLLEGE FAIR with juniors. Write "parents' recommendation" and send to counselor.

May

Juniors:  Take AP exams—if appropriate. Schedule summer visits—call admission offices. Attend JBS College Counseling Seminar.

Parents: Make arrangements for summer college visits. If not yet completed, write "parents' recommendation" and send to counselor. Attend JBS College Counseling Seminar.

June

Juniors: Take SAT Subject Tests, if advised.  Take final exams. 

Summer

Juniors: College research--easy to do through Familty Connection. College visits. Work—paid or volunteer. Work on college essay(s). Refine your college list to reflect serious options. Attend Summer Application Workshop in June or mid-August to start on applications and essays. Rest and play.

Parents: College visits. Rest and play.

Senior Year

 

Late August

Seniors: Attend Summer Application Workshop in mid-August to start on applications and essays. Senior Drey Land. Meet with college counselors the Friday morning of new student orientation.

September

Seniors: Meet with your counselor during the first three weeks of school. Attend college application process meeting. Sign in colleges to which you are applying on the blue card in CCR, and in your Family Connection account, and in your Common Application account.. Begin filling out Early Action, Early Decision and Rolling applications. Begin attending college rep visits.

Parents: Attend Mini-School. Attend college application process meeting. Don't panic!

Colleges: High school visits and evening meetings. Interview prospective applicants. Attend National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Annual Conference (if in September).

October

Seniors: Request the College Board or ACT to send Official Test Score Report to all colleges to which you are applying. Take SAT I or ACT—if advised. Register for November and December SAT/SAT Subject Tests/ACT—if advised. Finish filling out applications if you are applying under Early Decision, Early Action, or Rolling plans. SEND! Send in FAFSA and/or CSS Profile if applying for financial aid. Attend appropriate conferences with college reps. Possible college visits. Organize college applications—prepare checklist. Sign in colleges to which you are applying on blue card in the college conference room, in Family Connection and in your Common Application account.  Deliver teacher recommendation forms (pink forms). Work on your personal essay and applications. Attend the National College Fair at a local university.

Parents: Possible college visits with senior. Attend JBS Financial Aid Night. 

November

Seniors: Take SAT/SAT Subject Tests/ACT—if advised. Organize college applications—UPDATE CHECKLIST. Sign in colleges to which you are applying on blue card in college conference room, as well as in Family Connection and the Common Application. Possible college visits. Attend appropriate conferences with college reps. Continue working on all applications and essays.

Parents: Possible college visits with senior.  Look over "Senior's" November list above—ask if done; if not, REALLY PANIC!!!

December

Seniors: Take SAT/SAT Subject Tests/ACT—if advised. (LAST CHANCE) Complete personal essay and proofread carefully. Finish filling out January-due applications and SEND! Receive Early Decision/Early Action decisions (mid-month).

Parents: Allow seniors to open their Early Decision/Early Action decisions. Look over "Senior's" December list above—ask if completed. 

January

Seniors:  SEND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR DEADLINES AFTER JANUARY 1. CONTINUE TO LEARN—A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!

Parents: Make sure you have sent Profile and FAFSA aif you are applying for financial aid. After seniors have met all deadlines, RELAX!

February

Seniors: CONTINUE TO LEARN, ENJOY, AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. May Project possibilities due.

Parents: RELAX! Send FAFSA and specific college financial aid forms—if required.

March

Seniors: May Project forms due. Some "decisions" will begin to arrive. Spring Break (possible college visits).

Parents: Possible college visits over Spring Break. Support seniors when decisions begin to arrive. RELAX! SAVE MONEY!

April

Seniors: Receive remaining decision letters. Narrow college acceptances to no more than two or three. Possible visits (no more than two) to accepted colleges (two 3-day weekends to do this)—not necessary in most cases. DECIDE ON COLLEGE CHOICE—SEND DEPOSIT TO ONE COLLEGE BEFORE MAY 1. DO NOT DOUBLE DEPOSIT!!! RESPOND TO WAIT LIST OFFERS—IF APPROPRIATE.  Senior Skip Day. Schedule possible college visits on these days. CONTINUE TO LEARN AND ENJOY! Academic classes end (except for AP's) at month's end. ENGAGE IN NOSTALGIA!

Parents: Be sure that your senior sends a deposit to ONE college before May 1. Possible final college visit(s) on seniors' days off (two above). Support your senior's options and choice.

MAY/JUNE

Seniors: MAY PROJECTS—A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT; A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. Take AP Exams—if appropriate. Notify colleges that admitted you but you won't attend. Field Day; Yearbooks; Senior Assembly, Senior Picnic.

Parents:  Field Day; Yearbooks; Senior Assembly, Senior Picnic and GRADUATION!!

Counselors: Send final transcript to ONE COLLEGE PER GRADUATE.

Summer

Seniors: WORK AND SAVE MONEY!! Receive information from college (orientation, roommate, tuition bills, etc.) and READ EVERYTHING!! Get organized and pack. Arrive at the next stage of your life. CONTINUE TO LEARN AND ENJOY!!!

Parents: WORK AND SAVE MONEY!! Prepare for the shock of the first tuition payment. Arrive at the next stage in your lives. LET GO!!!