What to Expect Grade 12

Grade 12 is finally here. It can be overwhelming to think about all of the tasks and deadlines for the year ahead. Develop a timeline with your counselor that will help you stay organized. Remember to enjoy the time with your friends and fellow students. Your counselor is here to help when stress builds or you genuinely do not understand how to fill out an application properly, turn in an outstanding essay, and/or apply for financial aid and scholarships. Let them guide you for the last time of your high school career, but adhere to their deadlines and suggestions. There will be plenty of time for you to go it alone.

  • Sign up for the SAT exam in the Guidance Office if you haven’t already.
  • Ask your counselor or teachers about how to receive honors level credit for courses.
  • Talk to your counselor about enrolling in a Virtual High School or Dual Enrollment Course.
  • If you applying for early action or early decision, see your counselor right away to make sure the components of your application are complete.
  • Get two letters of recommendation from teachers who know you well and can attest to your hard work.
  • Sign up for a Co-op job if you don’t already have one.
  • Before the College Fair, ask your counselor who will be there and view virtual college tours, if you haven’t seen the campuses already.
  • Choose between 5-8 schools that you are focused on applying to and submit the list to your counselor for discussion.
  • Take the SAT this month.
  • release scores to the colleges that you are interested in applying to this year.
  • Attend the Division of Professional Licensure Workshops.
  • Go to the Senior College Planning Night with your family, to help you get started on your check-list.
  • Fill out a Transcript Release form and hand it in to your counselor.
  • Start the application process.
  • Let another adult proof-read the application.
  • Complete the Common Application online.
  • Make sure your essays and letters of recommendation are in order and ready to be sent.
  • Attend the Financial Planning Night with your parents/guardians and begin to fill out the FAFSA forms.
  • Some colleges may require you to fill out the CSS Profile registration.
  • Send thank you notes to teachers that wrote recommendations for you.
  • Send in College Applications with your counselor. Leave enough time to have it proof-read by your counselor.
  • Complete the FAFSA form. Remember, you need to have this in early. Once the funds are released, they start to be disbursed to families.
  • Fill out the Scholarship/Toolship Form in Guidance.
  • Begin researching and applying for scholarships. See your counselor for assistance with this process.
  • Send in the last of your applications to meet all deadlines.
  • Colleges begin to notify you about admissions. Plan to visit the schools if you are still unsure and talk to your counselor and parents about your thoughts and choices. It is probably one of the first big decisions you will have to make.
  • Notify the college that you will be attending and send in your deposit.
  • Send a short note to colleges that you are declining so they can fill your space.
  • Keep on top of your timeline so that your space is reserved!
  • Prepare for your finals – you still need to maintain your grades. Final transcripts are submitted to schools.
  • GRADUATION!!!!

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