Junior Year Checklist

Junior Year Calendar/ Checklist

August

  • Review your high school coursework and activity plans. Keep in mind that colleges look for the following: challenging coursework; a strong GPA; involvement in extracurricular activities such as sports, volunteer work, or church.
  • Check college websites for information on college preview days and plan a visit.  Juniors get two school board approved absences for college visits.  Be sure to bring signed and dated documentation from the college to the attendance office upon returning.

Register and pay for fall dual credit classes with South Plains College.

  • Obtain a social security number if you don’t have one. You’ll need it to apply for college and financial aid.

September

  • Schedule changes are to be completed by August 31.
  • Begin researching colleges of interest and narrow down to five or six that you are serious about. Know admission requirements to each of these. Plan to apply to three or four schools.
  • Prepare for PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. The following are free test prep websites: www.number2.com; www.testprepreview.com; www.ineedapencil.com .
  • Attend the SAT Boot Camp Sept 28th.  Cost is $55.00
  • Check class rank and GPA.

October

  • Take the PSAT, which is the National Merit Qualifying Test, on October 19th.  This is the ONLY day you can take this test. There is no makeup if you miss it . . . regardless of the reason.
  • Register with the NCAA if you are an athlete planning on playing Division I or II college level sports. The website is www.eligibilitycenter.org
  • November
  • Register to take the SAT and/or ACT beginning with the December test date.  These exams are designed to take in the spring of your junior year. 
  • Keep good records of all awards, volunteer work, and activities.

 

December

  • Finish the semester strong with good grades. 
  • Be sure to register for your spring dual credit classes with South Plains College. Registration online with SPC opens November 13th. Submit the Dual Credit Early Admission Course Approval Form (which is done every semester).
  • See your counselor for a schedule change, if needed, for the spring semester.

January

  • Plan your college visits for the ones you have researched and narrowed done as your top picks.  Be sure to meet with an admissions counselor and the financial aid office.
  • Register for your spring dual credit courses with SPC if you have not done so already.
  • Register for the ACT and/or the SAT if you have not done so already.
  • Attend the ACT Boot Camp on January 25th

February

  • Start seriously investigating private scholarships and other student aid programs.
  • Pre-registration for your senior year begins. Be sure to attend the course fair and look over the course guide to help aid in choosing your courses.
  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you have not done so already.
  • Check class rank and GPA.

March

  • Continue to research scholarships.  Most are intended for high school seniors, but it is good to know what will be available to you the following year.
  • Continue to work hard on your academics.
  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you have not done so already.

 

April

  • Check your TSI scores to make sure you have passed the correct portions for your senior level dual credit courses.  If you have not taken the TSI, sign up in the counseling suite.
  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you have not done so already.  You want these tests completed before your senior year if possible!

May

  • Be sure you have taken the SAT and/or ACT.  The last test dates before your senior year will be in June.
  • Advanced Placement Exams will be May 4th – 15th.
  • Schedule college visits for your summer break.
  • Be sure colleges you are planning on attending will accept your dual credit hours from SPC.
  • Register with the Selective Services if you are a male and 18 years of age.