Calendar for College Planning

The College Counseling Calendar at a Glance presents an overview of important college counseling activities and opportunities for students and parents throughout the high school years, arranged by grade and month.

College Counseling Calendar at a Glance
 
9th Grade
 August             

  • “College Chat” meeting with Director of College Counseling for 9th and 10th grade parents.  Topics include:  What colleges look for when making decisions, test preparation and timing of the testing, the college interview and more.  Opportunity for any/all questions.                   
  • College Athletics Symposium (alternate years) – How to prepare for collegiate athletic recruitment.  Includes meetings with JBS coaches.  Open to all grade levels.

January           

  • 11th and 12th Grade Principal and Director of College Counseling meet with 9th graders in Advisory/Common Day.  Topics include: transcript and extracurricular activities.
     

10th Grade
August
             

  • “College Chat”  --  meeting with Director of College Counseling for 9th and 10th grade parents.  Topics include: what colleges look for as they make their decisions, test preparation and timing of the testing, and more.  Opportunity for any/all questions.
  • College Athletics Symposium (in alternate years) -- How to prepare for collegiate athletic recruitment.  Includes meetings with JBS coaches.  Open to all grade levels.
  • Colleges Program  --  20 colleges from around the country present topics for JBS students including essay writing, selective admissions, scholarships and more.  Open to 10th-12th grade and parents.

October

  • PSAT (Preliminary SAT given at JBS during the school day).
  • Financial Aid Night for Parents 

February

  • 11th and 12thGrade Principal and Director of College Counseling meet with 10th graders in Advisory.  Topics include: transcript, extracurricular activities and their questions.

March             

  • Brown Bag Lunch:  How to prepare for Athletic Recruitment
  • Career Exploration Program:  includes Myers-Briggs and Career Assessment, along with Career Fair (and begin to introduce “summer opportunities”)

April                

  • Four School College Fair (10thand 11thgrade students and families from JBS, MICDS, Clayton and Ladue). 125-150 college admission representatives attend.

11th Grade
August             

  • College Athletics Symposium – alternate years – How to prepare for collegiate athletic recruitment.  Includes meetings with JBS coaches.
  • Colleges Program -- 20 colleges from around the country present topics for JBS students including essay writing, selective admissions, scholarships and more.  Open to 10th-12thgrade and parents.

Sept-Nov         

  • Colleges visit JBS – if a junior has a “free” period, they are welcome to join. Each day there are “mini fairs” in the Commons with college visits and all students are welcome to stop by the college tables.

October          

  • PSAT (Preliminary SAT given at JBS).
  • Principal and Director of College Counseling meet with parents. Topics include:  timing of test preparation, what colleges look for as they read applications, and how to support your child as they prepare for the college application process.
  • Financial Aid Night for Parents

 November       

  • College Kick-Off Meeting – Juniors and Parents.   Next day: Students list their choices for college counselor.
  • FREE Practice ACT given by Princeton Review (so college counselors can help students compare PSAT scores with ACT and choose test strength.  When scores are returned, the PR gives free tips and strategies that are extremely helpful.

 
January-February       

  • Junior and parents meet with college counselor. Counselor also assists with course selection and becomes the student’s Advisor for senior year.  There are lots of interactions between students and their college counselor from this point forward.

January           

  • JBS Alumni College Fair --  JBS alumni who are freshmen and sophomores in colleges return to share their experiences with current juniors.

April                

  • Four School College Fair (10th and 11th grade students and families from JBS, MICDS, Clayton and Ladue).  125-150 college admission representatives attend

May                 

  • College Counseling Seminar -- 4 Deans/Directors discuss a variety of college-related topics –essays, selective admission, scholarships, athletic recruitment and more.
     

12th Grade
 June                

  • Summer Application Workshop -- College Counselors work with seniors to begin their college applications and essays. A lot of fun and helps the students to avoid procrastination. It is an option to attend in June or in August (not both).

August             

  • Summer Application Workshop -- College Counselors work with seniors to begin their college applications and essays.  A lot of fun and helps the students to avoid procrastination.  It is an option to attend in June or in August (not both).
  • Essay Writing Workshop 
  • College Athletics Symposium – alternate years – How to prepare for collegiate athletic recruitment.  Includes meetings with JBS coaches
  • Colleges Program -- 20 colleges from around the country present topics for JBS students including essay writing, selective admissions, scholarships and more.  Open to 10th-12thgrade and parents.

August –April                

  • Weekly Advisory meetings focusing on college application process

September – November       

  • College Visitors at JBS – more than 180 colleges visit us annually.

September-January           

  • College Application Work, sharing completed applications and essays with their college counselor
  • Weekly Advisory with college counseling staff
  • Lots of interactions between students and college counselors.

October          

  • Brown Bag Lunch:  College Interview Preparation
  • Financial Aid Night for Parents
  • Application Workshop for University of California system application
  •  Application Submission Event – with college counselors – an evening to celebrate and submit college applications before the “early” deadlines.  Fondly called Submit-O-Mania.

December       

  • College Interviews for applicants (conducted by college alumni) through April                
  • College Decisions arrive and final college choice made by May 1st
     

NOTE:  Along the way, there are electronic College Counseling Updates (increasing in frequency from 9th– 12th grade).  Students and families are always welcome to contact the College Counseling Office with questions!
 
Each of us visit college campuses during the summer to keep abreast of changes and to continue our relationships. When possible, college counselors attend Visit Programs hosted by colleges.  We have seen hundreds (literally) of colleges and know college admission officers at nearly every college. 
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