The ninth grade is a time of adjustment to high school academics and life. Every course, including all required and elective classes, is college preparatory and will enter the college admission equation. Students should consider whether taking honors-level classes in literature, foreign language and mathematics supports their college goals. Advisors see students on a regular basis and can be helpful to students and parents in making these and other decisions.
Beyond academics, ninth grade is a time of exploration and personal discovery. Students should identify extracurricular activities both on and off-campus that will sustain them throughout high school and in which they might take on leadership roles by the senior year. In the spring semester of the freshman year, the college counselor guides the entire class through a day-long college tour. The class visits two colleges that differ on several criteria, such as size and environment.
Students should continue their academic track and extracurricular and service activities from the ninth grade and consider whether taking AP or honors-level classes in the core subjects supports their college goals.
In the tenth grade, students take the PSAT in October and the Pre-ACT test in March. These testing situations give the student valuable information about testing strengths and weaknesses and can provide preliminary evidence as to whether the SAT or the ACT might be the better college admission test for the student.
In the spring of the sophomore year, the college counselor guides the entire class through a day-long college tour. The class visits two colleges that differ on several criteria, such as size and environment.
In the fall of the junior year, the college counselor leads the junior class on a tour of different college environments over a three-day period. At the family college planning meetings, interests and aspirations are discussed.
Juniors take the PSAT again in October of the junior year, this time as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholars Program. Students with National Merit aspirations should prepare for the PSAT and sit for the October SAT. The SAT and ACT are given on a school day in March to all juniors. Students should take both tests and see how well they perform. The juniors are encouraged to visit colleges during the spring, summer, and fall as well as college fairs.
Juniors and their parents will receive information from the college counselor regarding upcoming area college fairs. In small student group meetings, students will be introduced to Scroir and how to use it in their college search and YouScience to help match their aptitudes and interests with college majors and programs.
Seniors will participate in a two-day boot camp prior to the start of the fall semester. At boot camp, they will confirm service hours, make sure their scores have been updated in Naviance, attend a mini college fair and hear from various college admission representatives.
Students should arrive at school in the fall with a list of colleges to which they intend to apply in their Scoir account. At the Student/Parent College meeting in the fall of the senior year, students and their parents meet with the college counselor to review the actual application process and identify deadlines.
Seniors should continue attend college fairs and participate in college representatives' visits to Lakeview. They and their parents should attend the Financial Aid and College Admissions Workshops during their senior year. Under no circumstances should students begin the senior year without at least one college admission test score in hand. Ideally, applications submissions should begin in October. Final application submissions should occur no later than the last day of Fall Semester.