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Junior College Planning

Junior Check List
Fall Semester:
 Keep a strong schedule of classes. Remember that this year is your final year to bring up your academic grade point average for the UC/CSU or selective universities. Many universities will use the 10th and 11th grade to calculate your GPA for admissions. This year you cannot afford to procrastinate! Use all resources to do better academically: tutoring, do extra credit, time management, study skills and speak with your teachers.
 Sign up for university representative visits at the College Career Center during the fall.
 Attend College Fair – Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6 – 7:00p.m.
Sign up to take the PSAT in Saturday, October 14th
 You may want to sign up early for SAT/ACT and/or Subject Exams. Keep in mind, that some exams are given in selective months for example, the Japanese Subject test is only given on November 1st.    Please keeep in mind, that some colleges still require subject exams.  Please check with each campus regarding their exam requirements and due dates for exams.
 Determine if the SAT/ACT/Subject Tests are required by the college of your choice, how many they want and if they require specific subjects for their admissions.
 Register or begin to consider when you may want to start an SAT preparation course. The CCC has ongoing low cost workshops, stop by the CCC for information.
 Continue to build your resume with community service, extracurricular activities, sports and/or employment.
 Are you ready for college level English and Mathematics? Did you know that you can begin to prepare now with free online resources such as CSU English Success and CSU Math Success? What are you waiting for? Visit the following websites to begin to plan your future now! and
 Take an interest inventory such as for career exploration or visit For additional Bridges information and to create an account visit the Major/Career Exploration drop menu above.
 Study for your finals!
 Parents may want to begin to familiarize themselves with the financial aid process by visiting websites like and
 Over Winter Break you may want to visit universities or open houses at local universities. For more information visit individual college websites.
 Sign up for Project Shadow to explore a career of your choice. Listen to school bulletin for registration instructions.
Spring Semester:
 Participate in Career Opportunities Program hosted by the CCC for continued career exploration. A bulletin announcement will provide instructions on how to participate.
 Continue to study for the SAT/ACT/Subject tests(if required). If you have not already registered, please do so now. Study materials may be found online at or You may also purchase study materials from a bookstore or checkout materials out from the CCC.
 Make an appointment with Mrs. Valverde, College Counselor, if you have not already done so.

Start your college essays early!  Great site for essay writing tips visit
 Visit NACAC Spring College Fair date to be announced visit:
 Continue to research colleges online or begin to request information directly from colleges. Also, visit the College Career Center website at located under Academics.
 To explore majors at the University of California or California State Universities use  This is a great tool to use if you want detailed information regarding majors, classes and programs.
 Begin to research or consider summer opportunities such as college courses, study abroad, internships, etc. If you plan to attend a community college over the summer, I would recommend that you apply as early as March. Keep in mind that you have to submit a K-12 form available online or in the CCC to be eligible for free classes. Keep in mind, that classes fill fast at local colleges.
 Visit universities over Spring Break!!!
 Sign up to take your AP exams. Universities may give you college credit if you score a 3 or higher. You may visit for minimum scores required at different universities to earn credit.
 Take the SAT/ACT/Subject tests (if required) between January – June. Register to take your SAT/ACT/Subject tests during the spring. Register early at or to ensure that you get the test center of your choice.
 Study for your finals!

 Use Junior Pre College Planning Sheet to get a quick start on college applications.  Research colleges that offer scholarships or that partner with organization to help assist low income students.  QuestBridge is an example of this type of organization

 Remember the more research you do the more options you will have.

 Begin a Google search on scholarship opportunities as soon as possible.
 Student athletes who plan to play sports at Division I or II should have started the NCAA forms by the end of their 10th grade. For information visit