Preparing for College: Year by Year Timeline


Preparing for your child's future is not something that can be put off until the last minute. That's why it is important that he or she recognizes the BUILDING PROCESS that begins the very first day of high school, a process that, if navigated well, can be the key to unlock a successful future.

Use the following timeline to find out about what kinds of things your child can do and the best times to do them throughout the four years of high school to put them on the path to success.

9th Grade

Job shadow or participate in career day, if possible
Begin constructing a resume
Discuss post high school plans with school counselor and parent/guardians
Take the most challenging course of study available
Join clubs and activities in area of interest
Build relationships with peers, teachers, counselors, activity moderators and employers
Develop good study habits

10th Grade

Job shadow or participate in career day, if possible
Refine/Revise/Update your resume. Keep it simple!
Continue discussing post high school plans with school counselor and parent/guardians
Review cost factors for college and investigate options
Take the most challenging course of study available
Begin to look for leadership roles in clubs/activities
Select a service area to volunteer with and develop a service activity
Strengthen relationships with peers, teachers, counselors, activity moderators and employers-they will be writing recommendations for you down the road!
Testing:
Check out policies/opportunities at your school
Take the PSAT
Go to college fairs
Continue working on study habits and note-taking skills

11th Grade

Take the most challenging academic program available
Demonstrate leadership and responsibility in community and school
Begin a list of colleges
Gather career information - job shadow or participate in career day, if possible
Make the most out of your part time job
Talk with college reps and ask them questions
Discuss testing plan with your counselor
Register, prepare for and take the PSAT/NMSQT
Register, prepare for and take the SAT and/or ACT
Make college visits
Begin to consider which teachers, moderators, or employers you might use if you need recommendations
Continue talking with your parents/guardians and your counselor about your plans
Request information from colleges
Research scholarship opportunities
Continue discussing college finances with parents/guardians
Attend college fairs

12th Grade

Talk with counselor/parents to finalize post secondary plans
Register, prepare for and take the SAT and/or ACT
Request college info (including financial aid/housing)
Complete Admission Applications
Early Decision
Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
Keep copies of apps and forms sent to colleges
Write essays/line up recommendations (if needed)
Get all financial documents in order
Complete FAFSA before February 1, if possible
Attend local financial aid information night, if available
Research scholarships and eligibility and apply for any applicable scholarships
Send mid-year grade reports, if necessary
Keep grades up - it matters!
Make final decision - mail deposit to ONE school
Notify, in writing, all schools of your choice
If wait listed, contact admissions office if still interested
Contact financial aid office if you have any special financial aid circumstances
Make sure you meet all financial aid requirements
Request final transcript to be sent to college
Keep checklist - MEET DEADLINES!

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Please continue to check the THS Scholarship Website for updated information. This site is being reorganized by the month the scholarship is due. All scholarships are posted as we receive them so please check the website regularly.