Junior year is a time of exploration! You might have a college in mind but it is important to research many options to find the right fit for you. College options to consider include location, size, surrounding community, selectivity, faith foundation, cost, and major offerings.
The good news is you do not have to choose today! This is a time to discuss options with your family and school counselor to narrow your selections to roughly 8-12 colleges. Research colleges and universities with varied selectivity: those that you are likely to yield an acceptance with your profile (“safety schools”), a good match with your current GPA and scores, and also a couple that are considered a “reach” for acceptance. Begin a college calendar or planner. Catalog deadlines, tours, orientations, test dates, and counselor meetings.
We will schedule individual junior meetings in the spring to outline individual college plans that meet your needs. Continue to focus on your GPA, prepare for college entry tests, and engage in co-curricular activities but do not let the process defeat the purpose – His purpose for you. We will continue to pray over each of you, that the Lord will continue to guide you through the coming years, in to college, and beyond!
Planning For College
Scholarship Opportunity Alert! Juniors will take the PSAT in October of their junior year. The PSAT offers good practice for the SAT but also serves as a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship! Juniors who are initial qualifiers will be announced in April following the test. Counselors will work closely with these students as finalists are identified from March through June of their senior year.
College Entry Tests
All juniors should take the SAT and/or ACT mid year, but no later than spring. These entry tests are important components of your student profile when applying to college. The counseling team recommends testing in spring, summer, and fall. Be prepared! It is important to review skills with practice exams. These can be accessed through the website of each testing agency, the local library, and the counseling office. Remember, practice, get a good night’s rest and simply draw from within!
ACT – Information on the ACT; includes online registration, test tips, interactive sample questions, FAQs, test strategies, and a financial aid estimator.
The College Board (SAT) – Information on the SAT; includes online registration, college searches, career exploration, and a free scholarship search.
SAT - College Board and Kahn Academy
As you are preparing for the second semester it is important to add some study time for college entry tests. The best strategy for performing well on these tests is to practice a little each week to reinforce some of the skills that you have learned over time.
We are excited to share that the College Board is partnering with Khan Academy to offer FREE study quizzes, practice tests, and interactive lessons. These materials will prepare you for the redesigned SAT that will begin in the spring of 2016. You can login in to Khan Academy through College Board or by this link: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat?ep_mid=11189957&ep_rid=104615049
College resumes are often requested supplements to your college applications. It is important to begin outlining your developmental experiences, both in school and out. Topics can include academic awards, work experience, community service contributions, athletic achievements, and club memberships. Naviance offers a resume building tool to help you get started. A resume is an excellent opportunity to showcase the highlights of your hard work!
Community Service Hours
You will need to complete 75 hours of community service by the end of junior year to earn senior privileges next year. All community service hours should be submitted to Mrs. Wilkes in the Upper School office.
- During your junior year, complete your online registration at www.eligibilitycenter.org.
- Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and use the NCAA Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient. Doing this sends your official score directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Double check to make sure the courses you have taken match your school’s list of NCAA courses.
- Ask your school counselor to send an official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center after completing your junior year.
- If you have transferred to Providence, you must also contact your previous school(s) to have the school send your transcripts directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your school counselor to determine the amount of core courses that you need to complete your senior year.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11