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. Register by mid-December for the January SAT Reasoning Tests. Work on achieving the best possible academic record. Choose one or two activities that you enjoy and can pursue in depth. Take tours of college campuses if vacationing nearby.

January

Juniors: Take the SAT I. Attend College Night at Burroughs. Indicate preferences for college counselor. Fill out Junior Self Assessment forms for initial college conference with counselor. Schedule an appointment to meet with college counselor in February.

Parents: Sit tight! Attend College Night at Burroughs with junior.  Write "parents' recommendation" and send to counselor.

Counselors: Assign advisees based—to the greatest extent possible—on junior preferences and post list.

February

Juniors: Meet with college counselor for initial college conference. Register for the March or April SAT I—if advised.  Take ACT.

Parents: Meet with college counselor—initial conference.

Counselors: Meet with junior advisees and parents for initial conference.

March

Juniors: Take SAT I—if advised. Register for May SAT I. Register for and take ACT—if advised. Spring Break (possible college visits).

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

Counselors: Be available to answer questions about junior testing and college visits.

April

Juniors: Register for June SAT Subject Tests. Attend THE FOUR SCHOOL COLLEGE FAIR. Take ACT—if advised.

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

May

Juniors: Register for ACT—if advised. Take SAT-if advised. 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.

Colleges: Attend college fairs (some). High school visits (some).

Counselors:  Attend Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) Annual Conference.  Participate in JBS College Counseling Seminar.

June

Juniors: Take SAT Subject Tests. Take final exams. Take ACT—if advised.

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 mid-August to start on applications and essays. Rest and play.

Parents: College visits. Rest and play.

Colleges: Meet with prospective applicants. Plan fall high school visits.

Counselors: College visits/special projects. Host Summer Application Workshop for students. 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. Deliver Teacher Recommendation Forms (pink form). Begin filling out Early Action, Early Decision and Rolling applications. Begin attending college rep sessions.

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).

Counselors: Meet with advisees—strategy sessions. Meet with college reps and attend college meetings. Start writing college recommendations. Attend NACAC Annual Conference (if in September). Attend college application process meeting. Attend Mini-School. Participate in college admission process meeting.

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 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. Proofread all application materials—send application fee. Look over "Senior's" October list above—ask if done. If not, NOW YOU MAY PANIC!!!

Colleges: Continue high school visits, evening meetings and interviews. Attend NACAC Annual Conference (if in October).

Counselors: Continue writing college recommendations. Meet with advisees and parents—when needed. Meet with college reps—attend college conferences. Send school reports for Rolling, Early Decision, and Early Action applicants. Attend NACAC Annual Conference (if in October). Attend College Board National Forum.

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!!!

Colleges: Finish high school visits, evening meetings, and interviews. Read Early Decision, Early Action and Rolling applications and attend committee meetings to make decisions.

Counselors: Meet deadlines for secondary school reports (Early Decision/ Early Action). Continue writing college recommendations. Meet with advisees and parents—when needed. Meet with college reps.

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. 

Colleges: Read applications, attend committee meetings and send Early Decision/Early Action decisions.

Counselors: Meet deadlines for secondary school reports. Call colleges to make sure Early/Rolling applications are complete. Meet with advisees and parents—as needed.

January

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

Parents: Send in the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1. After seniors have met all deadlines, RELAX!

Colleges: Read applications.

Counselors: Meet deadlines for secondary school reports. Send mid-year reports to colleges (first semester transcript). Meet with advisees and parents—as needed. Attend College Kick-off Night at Burroughs with juniors and their families.

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.

Colleges: Continue to read applications, attend committee meetings, and make decisions.

Counselors: Complete and send ALL secondary school reports. Meet with senior advisees and parents—as needed. Call colleges to make sure applications are complete. Meet with junior advisees and their parents.

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!

Colleges: Finish reading applications, make decisions, and notify students of decisions. Prepare for MANY calls.

Counselors:  Meet with seniors when decisions start arriving—as needed.

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. Alumni Association Breakfast. Prefect Day-Off; Senior Skip Day. Schedule possible college visits on these days only. 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.

Colleges: Sponsor spring visit programs and meet admitted students on campus.

Counselors: Meet with advisees—as needed. Work with students and phone colleges about Wait List possibilities.

May

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, GRADUATION!!

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

Colleges: Answer phone calls and make Wait List decisions.  Determine yield and make final Wait List decisions.

Counselors: Attend MOACAC Annual Conference. Meet with advisees as needed.  

June

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!!!

Colleges: Prepare for fall season. Rest and play.

Counselors: Prepare for fall. Visit colleges. Rest and play.