Junior College Planning Timeline
- Focus on having as strong grades as possible in the most rigorous courses you can manage, while maintaining balance. The GPA that goes off to colleges is cumulative, 9-11.
- Continue developing leadership and making an impact on your school/community through your extracurricular activities.
- Take PSAT and consider registering for winter SAT or ACT.
- Log into gafutures.org to check on HOPE/Zell Miller GPA. You will need a cumulative 9-12 GPA (including only core academic classes) of 3.0 for HOPE and 3.7 plus an SAT of 1200 or ACT of 26 for Zell Miller. HOPE offers 75% tuition at any public Georgia university and Zell Miller offers 110% tuition at any public Georgia university.
- Students have family college counseling meetings with Ms. Levy-- plan courses for senior year and create preliminary college list.
- Begin researching colleges, considering location, size, Jewish life on campus, cost, majors.
- Students should register for and take standardized tests (SAT and/or ACT)—minimum of 1 or 2 tests before senior year; total of @ 3.
- Begin making plans for summer, which is also a great time to do community service or interesting summer programs.
- Request teacher letters of recommendation through Naviance and in person.
- Continue SAT/ACT testing
Summer before Senior Year:
- Work on your Personal Statement (college essay)
- Visit colleges, if possible
- Research requirements of colleges of interest and make spreadsheet of deadlines, testing requirements, deadlines
- Refine College List
- August 1: Create Common Application and/or Coalition Application accounts
- Begin working on supplement essays for individual colleges