Junior year is critical for preparing for college. Within the next year you will take your standardized tests, finalize your list of colleges, visit schools, and apply… whew; what a busy year!
But not to worry, the Newport High School counselors and your College and Career Advisor will help at every step.
GRADES, GRADES AND GRADES
You may be taking some of your most challenging classes this year. Make sure to keep your grades strong and seek help when needed. In fact, don’t wait. At the first sign of confusion, reach out for help from classmates, teachers, etc.
Colleges like to see commitment; so stay involved in the activities you joined freshman and sophomore year, and continue to look for leadership opportunities within these organizations.
ATTEND COLLEGE VISITS
College representatives will visit Newport either before or after school or during lunch. Attend these visits to learn more about a variety of colleges and universities and meet with admission representatives.
PSAT/ TEST PREP
You will take the PSAT in class on Super Wednesday in October, and your counselors will be speaking in class in December to give you a better understanding of your results and to review graduation and college requirements.
Consider registering for Test Prep if interested, review Prep Me in Naviance, and check out the free test prep available through King County Library System (KCLS).
SCHEDULE COLLEGE VISITS
Take official college visits whenever possible. By taking an official tour, your name will be in the system which will be to your advantage with it comes time to apply.
ATTEND THE DISTRICT COLLEGE CONFERENCE
Held in February, this free event offers a great opportunity to gather information about colleges, the application process, and financial aid—all in one place. The College Conference is open to all students and their families, but we highly recommended it for sophomores and juniors.
Now is the time to compile a preliminary list of colleges including reach schools, match schools and safety schools. Enter all the schools you are considering in Naviance. If you need help putting this together, come see Mrs. Lopez-Kopp.
SCHEDULE AND TAKE TESTS
Plan which tests you will take based on the requirements of your preliminary list of colleges. Some will specify specific tests that must be taken. Take your standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT) in the spring. Remember you will need to register for these tests several months in advance. The earlier you register, the better chance you have to reserve a place at a convenient time and location.
Create a resume of activities and accomplishments in Naviance. This will be useful when requesting letters of recommendation and completing your college applications. If you kept a list during your freshman and sophomore years, then you’re already two-thirds done!
Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at the beginning of your junior year if you hope to compete in college athletics. You must be cleared academically and as an amateur athlete before you will be eligible to play Division I or II sports.
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
If warranted, request letters of recommendation from preferably junior year teachers and, if needed, a program specific instructor (coach, fine arts teacher, music teacher, business teacher). Provide each person you have requested a letter from with a resume of activities and accomplishments.
Review your college financing with your parents and look for applicable scholarships. Visit our College and Career Center in the Library for resources on finding scholarships.
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
Locate your social security number, you will need this when you apply for financial aid. If you do not have one, consider letting your counselor know so they can help guide you.
FOR THE SUMMER
REGISTER FOR FALL TESTS
If you are planning to retake any tests in the fall, make sure to register for them when necessary over the summer
Most colleges will continue to offer tours throughout the summer. Visit schools you did not make it to during the school year.
FINALIZE YOUR COLLEGE LIST
Continue to finalize your college list and update your Naviance account with any schools you have omitted or added.
Create an account with the Common App, and of the colleges you are considering, add any that accept this application. Link your Common App account with your Naviance account.
Review the Common App, as well as any applications for schools that do not use the Common App, as colleges post them online. Make a chart of deadlines and pay particular attention to early-decision, early-action and preferred-aapplication deadlines. Confused on early decision and early action? Follow this link.
Review the essay requirements and supplemental questions for your target schools. Look for common themes and begin to outline your essays and your answers to questions. College Corp volunteers will be available through our College & Career Center to help you complete and review your essays. Take advantage of these volunteers, they have reviewed a lot of college essays and have a good understanding of what colleges want to see from applicants.