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College Counseling Snapshot: Planning by Year

Teachers, counselors, parents/guardians, and students collaborate to select high school courses that are appropriately matched for the student’s aptitude, interests, and goals.

Counselors, parents/guardians, and students will develop a four-year course plan. Students should begin to pursue extracurricular activities that are of meaning and interest to them.

Students attend college Lunch and Learn sessions to get a sense of the differences between colleges and the kinds of schools that might interest them. 

Students continue to explore extracurricular activities that are of meaning and interest to them.

Students take the PSAT 10 in the spring.

  • Students take the PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Students attend as many Lunch and Learn sessions as possible.
  • Students are eligible to attend college trips with NGFS.
  • Students pursue leadership opportunities in clubs and extracurricular activities.
  • Parents/guardians and students meet individually with the college counselor (January).
  • Students get SCOIR accounts and develop a college list.
  • Students take the ACT and SAT at school.
  • Students begin their college applications in Seminar.
  • Students and parents/guardians visit colleges on their own.
  • Students retake the SAT and/or ACT.
  • Students write their admissions essays in their English class and request letters of recommendation.
  • Students and families meet regularly with the college counselor both individually and in groups. Application progress is monitored.
  • Students and families attend the “Paying for College” night.
  • Students continue to attend college Lunch and Learn sessions and visit colleges.
  • Students submit applications.
  • Students receive notifications of acceptance and financial aid packages.
  • Students make their decision about where to attend.
  • Everyone celebrates!