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Sophomore/Junior College Planning Timeline

Spring (10th)
  • Focus on having as strong grades as possible in your current classes. The GPA that goes off to colleges is cumulative, 9-11.
  • Keep developing your interests in extracurricular activities. Colleges do not look for a “laundry list” of activities; but rather for students to show dedication, leadership, impact on your community through just a couple of activities.
  • Enjoy your summer! If you happen to be on a family trip near a college and you can visit, it is always a good idea to do so, not because you are definitely applying to that college, but in order to see different types of colleges so that you can make a more informed decision when you ultimately make your college list.
***Due to the current situation, most colleges are offering virtual college tours that may be of interest, including meetings with campus Hillel and Chabad leaders. These are also an excellent way to learn more about a particular college.
Fall (11th)
  • Continue to have as strong grades as possible in the most rigorous courses you can manage, while maintaining balance.
  • 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.
  • Attend college meetings at AJA
  • 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
  • Work on resume
  • Attend AJA College Essay Workshop
 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