• Post Secondary Readiness Milestones

    9th Grade

    • Attend 9th grade orientation for students and parents.
    • Explore career and college opportunities on www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
    • Students with disabilities need to check with their counselor about applying for test accommodations on PSAT, SAT, and AP exams-www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html and ACT:www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/
    • Register for the PSAT at your school (cost – about $15).
    • Take the PSAT in October.
    • Attend the NACAC College Fair at Prime Osborne in October as well as other college and career fairs in the area.
    • Review your PSAT score report with your parents (Dec/Jan).
    • Sign on to My College Quick Start after receiving your PSAT scores.
    • Meet with your counselor to develop next year’s schedule, review post-secondary plans, and review your 4 year plan. Check on prerequisites for advanced level junior and senior courses.
    • Participate in and track extracurricular activities: sports, clubs, and community service (required for Bright Futures scholarships).
    • Turn community service hours form in to your school counseling office to be entered into the system.
    • Start thinking about life after high school, talk to people about careers you might find interesting.
    • Look for a summer job, internship or volunteer position to help you learn about your field of interest.
    • Put aside money for college or other post-secondary plans.
    • Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July www.flvc.org.

     

    10th Grade

    • Explore career and college opportunities on www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
    • Take the PSAT in October (FREE- for 10th graders).
    • Attend the NACAC College Fair at Prime Osborne in October as well as other college and career fairs in the area.
    • Review your PSAT score report with your parents (Dec/Jan).
    • Sign on to My College Quick Start after receiving your PSAT scores.
    • Research available test prep for ACT/SAT.
    • Take the PERT if you are interested in Dual Enrollment classes your junior year.
    • Apply for Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible).
    • Visit at least 3 college or other post secondary websites to review programs, admissions requirements, freshman profile, costs, and AP equivalents.
    • Interested in a service academy? If yes, request a pre-candidate questionnaire from the service academy.
    • Keep up participation in school activities and volunteer efforts.
    • Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July www.flvc.org .
    • Turn community service hours form in to your school counseling office to be entered into the system.
    • Meet with your counselor to develop next year’s schedule.
    • Attend a parent/student/counselor conference to develop post secondary plans.
    • Apply for ACT/SAT/AP test accommodations if you are eligible (specific deadlines and requirements apply).
    • Look for a job, internship or volunteer position to help you learn about your field of interest.
    • Put aside money for college or other post secondary.

     

    11th Grade

    *FALL

    • Make a list of your abilities, social/cultural preferences and personal qualities. List things you may want to study or do after high school.
    • Explore career and college opportunities on www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
    • Make a file to manage your postsecondary plans search, testing, and application information.
    • Register for PSAT at your school (cost – about $15).
    • Take the PSAT in October.
    • Participate in test prep for ACT/SAT.
    • If interested in going into the military make sure you talk to a recruiter and take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude battery (ASVAB).
    • Contact your counselor about eligibility for ACT/SAT fee waivers (free and reduced lunch as well as several other criteria).
    •  Register for ACT and/or SAT for the spring (check current costs on website or in school counseling office) www.act.orgwww.collegeboard.com   Make sure to use your school code so results come to your school!
    • Ask your school counselor about taking the SAT Subject Area Tests.
     
    *WINTER
    • Review your PSAT score report with your parents (Dec/Jan).
    • Sign on to My College Quick Start after receiving your PSAT scores.
    • Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July www.flvc.org .
     
    *SPRING
    • Take the ACT and/or SAT (tests are on various Saturdays Sept-June).
    • Take the PERT for postsecondary readiness.
    • Apply for Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible).
    • Begin your search for financial aid sources: on the district website, in your school counseling office, on college and university websites, and on various scholarship websites.
    • Scan local newspapers to see which civic, cultural and service organizations in your area award financial aid to graduating seniors. Start a file.
    • Develop a list of 10-15 colleges or other postsecondary opportunities that attract you. Request view books and information about financial aid and academic programs that interest you.
    •  Visit colleges you might be interested in. If you are considering a service academy or ROTC scholarships, contact your counselor before leaving school for the summer. If you want a four-year ROTC scholarship, you should begin the application process the summer before your senior year.
    • Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July.
    • Meet with your counselor to develop next year’s schedule, progress towards graduation requirements, and review postsecondary plans.
    • If you are an athlete planning to play sports in college, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
    • Turn community service hours forms in to your school counseling office so they can be entered in the system and sent to Bright Futures in the summer.
    • Check YOUR Bright Futures eligibility online in March and July www.flvc.org .
     
    *SUMMER
    • Create a resume of your accomplishments, activities and work experience since you started high school.
    • Download applications (or request paper copies) from colleges to which you will apply. Check application dates- large universities may have early dates or rolling admissions.
    • Put aside money for college or other post secondary plans.

     

    12th Grade

    *AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

    • Narrow your list of post secondary options. Download college applications and financial aid forms.
    • Create a master list or calendar that includes:

                -tests you will take and their fees, dates and registration timelines
                college application due dates, fees

                -financial aid application forms required and their deadlines
                          (aid applications may be due before college applications)

                -other materials you will need such as recommendations and transcripts

                -your high schools application processing deadlines
                         (how far in advance do you need to request transcripts, recommendations)
    • Ask for recommendations well in advance of your deadline. Make sure to provide a profile of information about you, your goals, interests and accomplishments for the recommendation writer. (Think about who you will ask to write the recommendation- preferably someone who KNOWS you and LIKES you).
    • If you are submitting essays, write the first draft and ask teachers and others to review them.
    • If you did not have your scores sent to the colleges you are applying to, contact College Board and ACT to have scores sent.
    • Attend credit check meeting with counselor to review graduation status and postsecondary plans (September)
    • Register for the ACT and/or SAT if higher scores are needed (check current costs on website or in school counseling office). www.act.orgwww.collegeboard.com
    • Take the ACT and/or SAT if needed (tests are on various Saturdays Sept-June).
    • Complete and submit college admissions applications (if eligible for test waivers may be eligible for fee waivers- check with counselor).
    • Complete scholarship applications.

     

    *NOVEMBER/DECEMBER/JANUARY

    • Apply for spring Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible).
    • Complete the online Florida Financial Aid Application for Bright Futures (beginning December 1).
    • Turn community service hour forms in to your school counseling office to make sure they are in the system for the 7th semester Bright Futures evaluation.
    • Attend a Financial Aid Night at a school for parents and students (Dec/Jan).
    • Attend a BEACON financial aid session for seniors at your school (Jan/Feb).
    • Apply for a PIN for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (for student and parent).
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens January 1.
    • Go online to check Bright Futures status in late February and July.

     

    *SPRING

    • Review financial aid packages generated by your FAFSA.
    •  If you plan to compete in athletics in college make sure you have submitted the fees and final transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
    • Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March www.flvc.org .
     

    *SUMMER

    • Have final transcript sent to college, NCAA.
    • Check 8th semester Bright Futures evaluation.  Make sure the college you plan to attend is listed on the application.
    • Check YOUR Bright Futures eligibility online in July www.flvc.org .

     

    **Make note of the following:

    Class Rank, State GPA (unweighted), District GPA (weighted), Bright Futures GPA (found only at FLVC.org), SAT Scores, ACT Scores, PERT