COLLEGE PLANNING BY GRADE

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The Counseling Department at CBHS has created a College Planning Curriculum which begins in the ninth grade with academic advising and standardized testing and continues with both individual and group college counseling through the senior year.

 

COLLEGE PLANNING GUIDE BY GRADE


Freshman Year:

 

Review 4-year course plan with academic counselor & discuss future plans.

Take academically challenging courses and get good grades.

Get involved in activities at school and in the community.  Keep a record of activities and awards/honors.

All freshman will take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT).

Plan to visit two college campuses this year.


Sophomore Year:

 

Meet with academic counselor to review academic record for freshman year.

Take academically challenging courses and get good grades.

Participate in the Sophomore Mini-Workshop.  Begin discussing academic & career goals with counselor & parents.

All sophomores will take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT).

Begin exploring college opportunities.  Attend local college fairs in fall and spring (Memphis Area College Night and NACAC College Fair). Use Internet resources.  Go to http://connection.naviance.com/cbhsmemphis. On the homepage, you will see a links to websites for college exploration. Also click on the “Colleges” tab and check out the middle section, “College Research.”

Begin talking to college and university representatives during college lunch room visits.

Discuss test scores, grades, and course registration for junior year with counselor and parents.

Make a serious commitment to school and community activities. Update record of activities and awards/honors.

Investigate summer programs that fit your interests & abilities -- sports camps, academic programs on college campuses, programs in the arts, volunteer work.

Plan to visit three college campuses this year.


Junior Year - 1st Semester:

 

Review your high school courses and plans for the future with your counselor.

Continue taking academically challenging courses and get good grades.

Begin talking to your parents about financing your college education.

All juniors will take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT).

If you haven't already, go to ACT.org and sign up to take the ACT or collegboard.org to take the SAT.

Seek leadership positions in school and community activities.

Complete your Naviance registration and begin completing assessment tasks and your resume in the Junior College Knowledge course.

Continue gathering information about colleges of interest -- college fairs, the internet, lunchroom visits with college representatives.

Plan to visit 4 college campuses this year.



Junior Year - 2nd Semester:

 

Sign up for challenging senior courses that will prepare you for college.

Continue to participate in the Junior College Knowledge for college planning.

Discuss college and career plans with your parents and counselor.

Investigate scholarships and other financial aid opportunities through your Naviance portal.

If you are interested in ROTC scholarships or military academies, speak with your counselor.

Continue to take the ACT or SAT spring semester.

Take SAT Subject Tests if required by colleges.

Consider special summer programs, volunteer work, or a part-time job.

Update activities and awards/honors record in Naviance.


Summer following Junior Year:

 

Update your Naviance Account.

Make a list of deadlines for senior year, including college applications, scholarships, and test registrations.

Review college application essay topics.

Continue campus visits.

Continue scholarship research.


Senior Year - 1st Semester:

 

Continue taking academically challenging courses and get good grades.

Update your Naviance account and resume.

Review your courses, test scores, college admission criteria, and career plans with your counselor.

Narrow down your list of colleges and discuss the costs and other pertinent factors with your parents by October 1.

All transcripts must be requested through Naviance.  Digital submission of transcripts begins the week of Sept 1.

Send your ACT or SAT scores to your chosen colleges through your ACT or SAT account.

Continue gathering information about colleges -- college fairs, the internet, meetings with college representatives, campus visits.

Take the ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests (if required).

Stay involved in school and community activities.  Update your Naviance account.

Complete applications for military academies and/or ROTC scholarships if applicable.

Begin applications for college admissions and for scholarships.

Ask your counselor and teachers for letters of recommendation, if needed, at least one month before your first deadline.

File the FAFSA and CSS Profile (if needed).


Senior Year - 2nd Semester:

 

Update your Naviance account and resume.

Continue completing college and scholarship applications.

Discuss offers from colleges with your parents and counselor and notify colleges of your decision.

Submit all scholarship offers to Mrs. Orians in the Counseling office by deadline.

Request your final transcript through Naviance for the college you will attend.

Contact CBU and request that your transcript for your Dual Enrollment classes be sent to your chosen college.