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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
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