Important Points to Remember!
Spring Semester Junior Year
- Do your BEST in all classes
- See your counselor for help if you are not doing as well as you would like
- Attend tutorials as often as possible
- Make sure you are registered for the SAT’s and/or ACT’s
- Make an appointment with the College/Career Specialist for college, NCAA and job information
- Make an appointment with Mr Davison for internship, job shadow information
- Go to the Marin County College Fair – usually held at Dominican University in April
- Take a virtual tour of colleges on the web
- Start thinking about colleges, majors, career interests
- Create a student profile on www.collegeboard.com and/or www.csumentor.edu
- Identify at least one teacher who would write you a letter of recommendation for college (private colleges generally require one from a counselor and two from teachers)
- Complete NCAA form at the end of spring semester if you plan to participate in college athletics
- Make sure you are on track for graduation and have met all district outcomes – see Ms Souder with questions in this regard
College Entrance Testing Schedule - Spring of Junior Year
- SAT Reasoning (verbal, math and writing) www.collegeboard.com
- ACT (math, English, reading, science) www.act.org
- AP exams for AP classes: May, see AP secretary with questions
- Check each of the college websites to determine whether you even need to take SAT and/or ACT exams, as many colleges are now either test blind or test optioal
Optional Junior Summer Activities
- Visit 3-5 colleges
- Do an overnight stay at a college
- Provide community service in an area of interest
- Take a class at the College of Marin, Santa Rosa Junior College or another program
- Complete an internship – see Mr Davison for information
- Go to district summer school to make up grades of ‘D’ or ‘F’
- Work a summer job
- Create a resume of jobs, internships, athletics, awards, etc.
- Review college applications on-line
- Review the Common Application at www.commonapp.org
- If college bound, take a minimum of five academic classes ALL year
- Do more than the minimum class/college requirements
- Complete Ms Souder’s letter of recommendation before October 1st. remember that she needs 20 working days to write your letter for you!
- Attend college visits – over 90 college reps visit Drake each fall. Sign up in the career center
- Start working on college applications early
- Start your UC/private school college essays early
- Attend senior college application workshops for CSU and UC
- Attend Financial Aid Night in December at Drake – check bulletin/website for date/time
- CSU applications can be submitted beginning October 1st
- Visit College/Career Center often to view college catalogs, look for scholarships, etc.
- Complete your student profile on www.collegeboard.com or www.csumentor.com
- Take one more SAT and/or ACT test if needed in the fall. Fall exam dates should be back up dates only – not the first time you take your exams. All exams must be complete by December of senior year
- Follow all FAFSA guidelines for financial aid
- Make sure you are on track for graduation and have met all district outcomes
- Take a virtual tour of a college … or many colleges
- Take real college tours – see Ms Heim for warranted absence form
- US and CSU deadline = November 30th. I strongly encourage November 15th as deadline!
- Inform your counselor early about your college plans
Words of Advice …
Be proactive. Prepare early, follow the above recommendations, see your counselor often, and you should be organized and ready for college application time and graduation!
Do not forget to contact me as I will help you with any questions you may have. If I do not have the answer, I will direct you to the best source of information!
Last modified by Sheila R Souder on 04/26/2021