Depending on where/when your student comes on board, here’s the path we’ll follow to get them prepared to take flight after graduation…
Freshmen and Sophomores – Engage
As a Freshman, you’ll learn to engage in school and outside of school; you’ll gain the confidence to put yourself out there and make your voice heard. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to engage in your environment by creating something new.
Here are a few specific things we’ll do together your Freshman and Sophomore years:
- Discuss high school plan, including activities, clubs, level of coursework (AP, Honors, etc.),
- Volunteerism and academic support
- Identify priorities
- Personality, career and interest assessments
- Building a support network
- Talk about expectations, hopes, fears and assumptions around college.
- Sign up for and take PSAT.
- Discuss high school plan, including activities, clubs, level of coursework (AP, Honors, etc),
- Identify priorities.
- Overview of school types
- Discuss summer opportunities and programs.
- Build resume and activities list to track involvement.
- Create accounts with College Board and College Prowler.
- Create a custom blog to discuss…well…whatever you want!
- Conversations about aligning interests and goals with the college search.
- Understand how college admissions works and demystify the process.
- Create a summer plan to stay engaged and active.
Juniors – Explore
During your Junior year, you’ll explore colleges you’ve never heard of, interesting programs of study, and alternative paths to greatness.
Here are a few specific things we’ll do together your Junior year:
- Sign up for and take the PSAT (National Merit Qualifying exam).
- Check in with academic plan and level of coursework.
- Take proctored ACT and SAT and create testing plan (SAT, ACT, AP’s, Subject tests, etc.).
- Develop list of criteria for college search.
- Discuss good-fit college options and begin creating list (this is a BIG one).
- Talk about college research methods and how to get questions answered.
- Plan for summer.
- Begin financial aid discussion.
- Register for tests.
- Continue creating college list.
- Discuss major, minor and other program options.
- Begin writing first draft of Common Application essay and honing writing skills.
- Schedule and practice interviews.
- Finalize college list with 8-10 schools.
- Visit colleges and discuss pros and cons.
- Arrange for interview, if applicable.
- Study for 2nd round of tests, if applicable.
- Finalize Common Application essay.
- Begin independent scholarship search and discuss search techniques.
- Create calendar with known due dates and deadlines.
- Practice essay-writing techniques.
Seniors – Execute
You’re so close! As a Senior, you’ll receive the guidance and direction you need to submit applications, apply for alternative programs, and write essays that tell your story. In short, you will DO.
Here’s a few specific things we’ll do together your Senior year:
- Register for any tests that need to be retaken.
- Create application accounts.
- Begin supplemental and school-specific essays (these will all be kept in Google Docs. for editing and revisions)
- Decide which schools to apply Early Action, Early Decision and Regular Decision.
- Update calendar with due dates and deadlines.
- Create checklist for each college to track application progress.
- Identify 3 teachers/counselors to write letters of recommendation.
- Finish and submit Early Action and Early decision applications, essays and supplemental materials.
- Request transcripts be sent to all schools.
- Send final test scores to all schools.
- Complete CSS profile on www.collegeboard.com (only certain schools require this financial document).
- Finish and send all Regular Decision applications, essays and supplemental materials.
- Upon receipt of college offers, discuss pros and cons
- Evaluate financial aid packages and discuss options for financing education.
- Complete FAFSA.
- Arrange for any final college visits.