Junior Action Plan

  • Fall:

    • Explore college and career options.
      • The college search is about exploring who you are and what you want and then finding colleges that will meet your goals.
      • Develop a list of 15-20 colleges that interest you and meet your career goals. Start a file to help you manage your college search.
      • Visit the College and Career Center on your high school campus to explore college and career options.
      • Start visiting colleges: large, small, public, and private. Get a feel for what works for you. Students are allowed 2 college visit days for junior year and 2 college visit days for senior year. Visit days do not roll over from year to year.
      • Attend the EMS ISD College Fair to speak with college representatives and explore options.
      • Speak to college and military representatives and when they visit your school.
    • Take the PSAT/NMSQT.
    • Take the ASVAB to learn about career options. The ASVAB is also a military entrance exam.
    • Attend the EMS ISD Super Saturday college and career planning event.
    • Register for and prepare for AP exams.
    • Estimate your financial aid need.
    • Begin searching for scholarships. Utilize campus College and Career Centers to find scholarship opportunities.

    Spring:

    • Create a personal file and develop a resume. Suggested items:
      • HS transcript
      • List of awards and honors (dates included)
      • School and community clubs and organizations you have joined, including dates, responsibilities, and activities
      • List of all jobs for the year and/or summer
      • List of community service/volunteer work, including dates and hours spent
      • Update your file at the end of each semester.
    • Get ready for college entrance exams (SAT and ACT).
      • Look for EMS ISD test preparation opportunities before school, after school, and on select Saturdays.
      • Prepare for free through Khan Academy for SAT and the ACT Academy
    • Review your Personal Education Plan and register for senior courses with your counselor. Challenge yourself with dual credit and AP classes. Take classes that relate to your career interests.
    • Register with the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center if you are a candidate for college athletics.
    • Take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams.
    • Narrow your college choices to 5-10.
    • Plan summer activities early. Enrich yourself by volunteering, getting an interesting job or internship, or signing up for special summer learning programs.

    Summer:

    • Visit colleges. Take campus tours and, for colleges you’re serious about, schedule interviews with admissions counselors.
    • Research the application process from colleges to which you’ll apply. Check important dates; some universities have early dates or rolling admissions.
    • Start to gather documents for financial aid and create your FSA ID. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1, in the fall of a student’s senior year.