College Guidance Calendar

Junior Year

September
  • Introduction to the PSAT class
  • Mock PSAT Test
  • College Guidance Calendar Review
October
  • PSAT Test
  • Big Apple College Fair, Long Island College Fair
November
  • College Guidance Evening with parents
  • Performing and Visual Arts College Fair, New York City
December
  • Beginning of the SAT prep course
  • PSAT scores arrive
  • Plan for spring standardized testing schedule
January    
  • Practice SAT Test
  • Register for SAT, SAT subject tests or ACT
  • Begin college search
  • Start thinking about Financial Aid
February
  • Practice SAT
  • Junior class meeting
  • Research and exploration of colleges
  • Discussion of criteria and best fit for college choices
  • Register for SAT, SAT subject tests or ACT
  • Plan summer precollege coursework
March
  • 27th-29th – Spring Break College Road Trip
  • SAT Exam
  • Meetings with students and parents for a one on one discussion
  • SAT score review
  • Individual meetings with students
  • Visit with college admissions representative during Wednesday class meeting
  • Explore colleges during spring break
April
  • Register for SAT, SAT subject tests or ACT
  • Planning sessions to review transcript, test scores and questionnaires (student & parent)
  • SAT exams
  • Class meeting with juniors and parents: College Guidance Handbook
  • NACAC College Fair at the Jacob Javits Center
  • Class trip to local college (full day excursion)
  • Individual meetings with students
  • Plan for summer jobs, activities, coursework or testing
May
  • Register for SAT, SAT subject tests or ACT
  • Individual meetings with students
  • Request Teacher Recommendations: Ask two academic (science, math, English, language, history) teachers to write a letter of recommendation for you for your college application
  • Write a short autobiography for your teachers in support of your recommendation request
  • Student auto biographies to teachers
June/July/August
  • Research scholarship opportunities
  • Write, call, visit and continue to use the internet to gather admission and financial aid information regarding colleges of interest
  • Visit colleges
  • Refine  list and begin the application process.
  • Community Service

Senior year

September
  • Register for SAT, SAT subject tests or ACT
  • On campus information sessions conducted by college representatives
  • Individual meetings with students: revising the college list
  • Senior College Night for students and parents
  • ACL Class Topics: revising the college list, writing a personal essay, surviving the college interview, exploring academic majors and concentrations, finding financial assistance, evaluating early vs. regular decision
October
  • Early Decision deadlines
  • Financial Aid deadlines
November
  • Early applications deadline date
December
  • Regular decision deadlines
  • Financial Aid deadlines
January and February
  • Regular decision deadlines
  • Submit FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • Financial aid deadlines
March/April/May
  • College acceptances
  • Senior internship
  • Senior class trip
  • Class play