All juniors attend a junior conference with their parents in February-March.  Team students participate in small group conferences and have the option of scheduling an additional private meeting with Julie Gannon, College and Career Specialist.  Independent study students and parents have a private meeting with Grace Aviles, counselor and Julie Gannon. The purpose of this conference is to review student course work and determine the best way to meet the requirements necessary to graduate and either apply to a four-year college, a community college, a certificated program, begin the job search or examine other options after graduation.  

    Please see the College Planning Guide for step by step information!



     Junior Night Presentation


    Spring Semester Junior Year

    • Do your BEST in all classes!  This is the last official semester of grades before applying to many colleges.  Private colleges will also ask for Fall Senior Semester grades.
    • See your teacher for help if you are not doing as well as you would like.
    • Make sure you are registered for the SATs and/or ACTs.
    • Attend events (application night, senior meetings)
    • Visit the Tamiscal website www.Tamiscal.org then click support programs then click College and Career for important information. Attend local college fairs such as the WACAC (Western Association of College Admission Counselors), which will be held at Dominican University of California – Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Register here . 
    • Take a virtual tour of a college on the web. 
    • Start thinking about colleges, majors, and career interests using Naviance.
    • Identify at least one teacher who would or could write you a letter of recommendation for college (you usually need two teachers).
    • Complete the NCAA form at the end of spring semester if you plan to play college sports
    • Make sure you are on track for graduation. 

     College Entrance Testing Schedule

    • SAT (math, evidence based reading and writing) Dates:  March 9, May 4, June 1
    • Some highly competitive colleges require Subject Tests. If you plan on taking a subject test in math, be sure to take the math level II. Dates: May 4 and June 1.

          Go to www.collegeboard.org to register.

    • ACT (Math, English, Reading, Science) Dates:  April 13, June 8, July 13= no test site in CA Go to www.actstudent.org to register.
    • We advise taking tests WITH writing.

     Optional Junior Summer Activities

    • Visit 3-5 colleges.
    • Provide community service in an area in which you are interested.
    • Take a class at the College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College or engage in another beneficial summer program.
    • To complete an internship contact Greg Davison at 415-458-3484 or gdavison@tamdistrict.org
    • Work a summer job.
    • Create a resume of jobs, internships, athletics, awards etc. using Naviance.
    • Go online to review college applications in August   

    When you move on to Senior Year: 

    • Take a minimum of 5 core/college prep classes ALL year.
    • Do more than the minimum class/college requirements.
    • Be sure about classes for senior year as it is VERY hard to switch classes once the semester has started.
    • Meet with the College and Career Specialist to discuss and research colleges, look for scholarships, and talk about your college choices/career goals.
    • Start working on college applications early – better not to cram, draft a spread sheet by Sept.
    • Start your UC/private college essays as early as you can.
    • Start working on UC applications and Common Application in the early August.
    • Attend Senior Night and be aware of early deadlines for financial support.
    • Complete Letter of Recommendation (LOR) packet for your counselor, remember that your counselor needs 20 working days to write your recommendation and has deadlines!
    • Have your college list drafted by September. It will be easier to submit your LOR.
    • Take a virtual tour of a college.
    • Take one more SAT and/or ACT tests in the fall if needed. Fall exam dates should be back-up dates only, not the first time you take your exams.
    • CSU applications can be submitted as early as October 1st.
    • FAFSA for financial aid goes online October 1. FAFSA
    • UC and CSU deadline = November 30, 2020!
    • Continue to take college tours and attend college meetings.
    • Make sure you are on track for graduation.
    • If attending community college, complete application and orientation by late February.
    • FAFSA deadline for CA public schools is March 2nd.  Check other schools’ deadlines.
    • Inform your counselor early about your college plans.

      Words of Advice. . .

    • Don’t put off college planning to the last minute. Prepare early, follow the above recommendations.
    • Do not forget to contact us with any questions you may have.                            




    For help, see: 

    Grace Aviles, Counselor                415-945-3757  gaviles@tamdistrict.org

    Julie Gannon, College & Career     415-945-3779 jgannon@tamdistrict.org