Junior Information and Junior News Page
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Questions about the redesigned SAT? Click here for an overview.
are available for students on Free or Reduced Lunch, or with economic hardships. See your counselor.
The College Board offers free PSAT and SAT prep through their website. Please visit the College Board website to access these resources. Khan Academy: Steps to Linking with Official SAT Practice
College Campus Visits: Tips for College Campus Visits
Planning Calendar :Click here for an additional calendar with suggestions.
Schedule Your Junior Future Planning Meetin
The Junior Future Planning Meeting is for you and your parents to help you with the application processes to colleges and for scholarships. This can be a confusing time, but if you approach it with a set, orderly procedure, we believe that you will find everything will fall into place. Above all, use all the resources available to you to help you make your decisions. Resources such as college admission counselors,school counselors, parents, friends, community members, and college websites, all will help make your experience run smoothly. Seek answers and information through research and questioning so that you will be prepared for this step in your life. These are some of the more important decisions in your life so far, and the only way to feel good about them is to feel prepared. The School Counselors wish you the best of luck in this endeavor.
To The Parents:
School Counselors will be meeting with juniors and their parents to discuss future and college plans. The meetings will take approximately 45 minutes where we will discuss specific colleges for your student. We will begin these meetings in February and continue through April. Parental attendance is recommended but not mandatory. If you wish to attend, please use the contact information below to make the appointment. Since these occur during the school day, it would be wise to coordinate with your son/daughter what day and time would work for them. If you are unable to attend, please encourage your student to attend, for this is a very important and confusing time and the burden can be lessened by careful planning.
- Prior to your Junior Planning Meeting, you must complete a College Planning Questionnaire and an Activities and Experiences Sheet. Both of these forms provide important information for your counselor that will help you successfully plan your future. Your counselor will not make an appointment until these forms are received.
- Biographical Data – student completes all relevant information.
- SAT and/or ACT scores – student MUST have scores sent to college directly from the testing agency. When you register for the test, use the 4 free reports to colleges – that is considered OFFICIAL.
- Holistic Information – this part is very important:
- Essays – read: . Show your essay to your counselor. Do the worksheet
- to help you understand what type of information colleges are looking for in the essay.
- List of Activities and Experiences – use the information you provided on the activities and experience sheet
- High School/Counselor Report – this is required for almost all private colleges. With the Common App and Coaition App, your counselor receives a link when you provide the email address. For colleges who are not members of the Common App or Coalition, there is usually a place for you to provide your counselor’s email address, or to print out a High School Report Form to bring it to your counselor.
- High School Transcript – must be official. See the Senior Page for more information on requesting your transcript.
- Teacher Recommendations – not required by all colleges, but with the Common App or Coalition, you must provide your teachers’ email addresses.
Click here for an excellent website that details all of the higher education resources and opportunities in Florida.
If you wish to participate in inter collegiate sports, you must register at the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your Junior Year.
Paying For College
Paying for college and securing financial assistance can be confusing. There are many opportunities to help you pay for college, such as need-based financial aid and scholarships. If you don’t apply for scholarships, you can’t be considered! Apply for a number of scholarships, focus on scholarships where your grades, service, leadership or special talents make you more competitive, do the essays – many others won’t. Please read the following information sheets and make an appointment with your counselor to discuss financial aid.
- Financial Aid Essentials
- The ABC’s of Paying for College
- Applying for Financial Aid in 7 easy steps
Micro-Scholarships: There are many micro-scholarships offered to students. It's just a matter of searching. Some of the more common resources are: