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Planning Time Table for High School


9th Grade Time Table
  • This is the year your grades really count, so you want to establish a good GPA (grade point average). Keep in mind an A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, and F=0. You cannot fix a poor GPA as a senior, so start working hard now.
  • Meet with your guidance counselor and develop a 4-year plan.  Discuss AP (Advanced Placement) and Honors options.
  • Your final exams are important!  Study and do your best!  Remember that they are 20% of your final grade.
  • Start developing positive relationships with your teachers.
  • Join clubs in and out of school. 
  • Explore activities that offer you an opportunity to develop leadership skills.
  • Be active with your church and youth group.
  • Start earning and logging volunteer hours serving the community. Remember that to qualify for the Florida Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) award you must earn 100 community service hours, or 75 community service hours for the Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) award in addition to the other requirements.  https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org
  • Create a “resume” of your accomplishments, honors, awards, and work experiences.  Remember, this includes Science Fair awards, character awards, Honor Roll, etc. Colleges are attracted to “well-rounded individuals.” Search “High School Student Resume examples” online for templates and examples.
10th Grade Time Table
  • Continue focus on grades, taking honors and AP classes when possible.
  • Prep for standardized college entrance tests. In the fall, you will take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test).  This test is administered at school and is a shorter version of the SAT. There are 2 very important reasons why you should take this test: 1) It is formatted after the SAT, it serves as a practice test, and provides a score projection with excellent breakdowns to questions missed.  2) It provides excellent practice for the PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Scholarship program which you will take your junior year. Research ACT test prep and test practice resources through ACT.org
  • Continue involvement in extracurricular activities and volunteer work. Remember FL Bright Futures: 100 hrs= FL Academic Scholars, 75 hrs= FL Medallion Scholars.
  • Seek out leadership positions but don’t over-participate.  Choose wisely to develop your strengths and leadership qualities.
  • Remain active in your church and youth groups.
  • Keep in mind your behavior and homework ethic are important. Develop positive relationships with your teachers. You will be asking them to write recommendations for you before you know it. 
  • Remember final exams are 20% of your final grade. Study and prepare for them.
  • Continue to update your “resume” of accomplishments, honors, awards, and work experiences.
  • During the summer after your sophomore year, take as many college tours and attend as many college fairs as possible. During your visit gather all available literature to help you narrow down your choices.
11th Grade Time Table
Fall
  • Get with your Guidance Counselor and review your 4-year plan.  Make sure you are meeting the graduation requirements and are on track to graduate on time.  Strive for excellence, take rigorous courses and discuss Dual Enrollment options with your counselor.
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT again, make sure to check “yes” for the Student Search Service. This is a free, voluntary program that connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities from nearly 1,900 eligible colleges and universities, scholarship, and other educational programs.  Remember this is the year your scores will be used by scholarship programs, including the National Merit® Scholarship Program, to look for eligible students.
  • Practice for the ACT using test prep and test practice resources through ACT.org
Spring
  • Register for the SAT (www.collegeboard.com) and ACT (www.act.org). Take them as many times as necessary to get your best score. Find the score reporting requirements for the colleges of your choice by checking out their test score use policy under admissions requirements on their website.
  • Superscore ACT: The process of averaging your four best subject scores from all of your ACT test attempts. https://www.act.org/content/act/en/new-act-options/superscoring.html
  • Score Choice SAT: The process of choosing which scores you send to colleges. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores/score-choice
  • Continue to visit and research colleges. Start narrowing down your list.
  • Continue to develop teacher relationships. 
  • Remember final exams are 20% of your final grade. Study and prepare for them.
  • Write a draft of your college application essay. Search “college application essay tips” online for templates and examples.
  • Continue to update your “resume” of accomplishments, honors, awards, and work experiences.
  • Choose a challenging course load for your senior year.
  • Continue earning volunteer hours and participating in extracurricular activities. Remember 100 hrs= FL Academic Scholars, 75 hrs= FL Medallion Scholars
  • Write early drafts of your college application essays so you won’t be overwhelmed in the fall.
  • Prepare for college interviews. Search “college interview practice” online for templates and examples.
  • Think about your teacher recommendations and who you would like to write one for you.  Request them now if possible so you don’t overwhelm teachers in the fall.  If you know a teacher is leaving, make sure to ask this person now and get a contact address.
  • Start exploring financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
  • Register for rigorous courses for your senior year. Your senior year is not the “time to take a break”.
12th Grade Time Table
Fall
  • Review your transcript and credits with your Guidance Counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate.
  • If you have not taken the SAT or ACT exam yet or if you are not satisfied with your score, register and take well before your college application deadlines.
  • Request recommendation letters or follow up with those you’ve already talked to.
  • Complete your “resume” of accomplishments, honors, awards, and work experiences.
  • Continue earning volunteer hours and participating in extracurricular activities. Remember 100 hrs= FL Academic Scholars, 75 hrs= FL Medallion Scholars
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
  • Complete the FFAA (FL Financial Aid Application) for the FL Bright Future and other Florida scholarships and grants as soon as possible. Students must complete the application in order to be eligible for the scholarship. https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPPRFILE/SAPPRFILE
  • Narrow down your colleges to your final list.
  • Download and fill out college applications. Keep track of the deadlines!
  • Ask the college financial aid office about all financial aid forms you need to complete. Keep track of those deadlines too!
  • Visit any colleges on your list that you haven’t seen yet.
  • Write or finish your application essays. Ask a teacher or two to review them.
  • Send college applications by the deadlines. Watch for Early Decision and Early Action applications, their due dates are around November. Early decision plans are binding. This means a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are non-binding. This means students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date.
  • Thank your recommendation letter writers.
Spring
  • Continue sending in college applications with later deadlines and rolling admission policies. Colleges with rolling admissions evaluate applications as they are received versus waiting to evaluate all applications after a hard deadline.
  • Finish and submit all community service hours to your guidance counselor for the FL Bright Futures Scholarship.
  • Continue to work hard on your grades, don’t get “senioritis”.
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships.
  • When admission decisions begin to arrive, review your college acceptances and compare your financial aid packages. Reach out to the admissions and financial aid counselors with any questions.
  • Notify the college you choose of your decision and submit any deposits or remaining paperwork necessary. Also notify the colleges you didn’t choose, so they can open your spot to others.
  • Tell your high school counselor what college you have selected, so they can send in your final transcript.
  • Finish the year strong, accept your diploma, and start your new college adventure!
SAT Test Dates

Date                         Reg. Deadline
8-29-20                    7-31-20
9-26-20                    8-26-20
10-3-20                    9-4-20
11-7-20                   10-7-20
12-5-20                   11-5-20
3-13-21                    2-12-21
5-8-21                      4-8-21
6-5-21                      5-6-21
 

ACT Test Dates

Date                       Reg. Deadline
9-12-20                   8-7-20
9-13-20                   8-7-20
9-19-20                   8-7-20
10-10-20                 9-17-20
10-17-20                 9-17-20
10-24-20                 9-17-20
10-25-20                 9-17-20
12-12-20                 11-6-20
2-6-21                     1-8-21
4-10-21                   3-12-21
6-12-21                   5-7-21
7-17-21                   6-18-21