MHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT






         Moline High School

March 6, 2014

Information for Juniors

Filed under: — Douglas @ 12:41 pm

New!  Information for Juniors about the State Scholar Program:  ISAC INFORMATION

The following documents were distributed during Mr. Cabel's presentation to parents of Junior students:

Junior Parent Meeting

PSAE FLYER

Reminder - All juniors get one excused college visit day per semester to visit a college/university of their choice.  Students must pick up a form in the Attendance Office, bring it to their scheduled college visit, have the admissions representative at the college/University sign off on it, and then bring it back to school the next day for the absence to be cleared.

NACAC Step by Step - This is an excellent site with information to prepare students for their post secondary endeavors:  http://www.nacacnet.org/research/PublicationsResources/Marketplace/student/Pages/GuidingEducation.aspx

The following calendar of events below can be of good use for junior students in order to be proactive to prepare for their post-secondary endeavors:

Calendar of Events For Junior Students

August

  1. Talk to your parents and your school counselor about where you want to go to college

  2. Review your college savings plan—start saving money if you haven’t already done so.

  3. Keep your grades up.  Colleges look at your OVERALL GPA through all four years of high school as well as your attendance.

September

  1. Review college and career resources at your high school.

  2. Register for the PSAT/NMSQT.  This test will be used to determine National Merit Scholars

  3. Visit the College Board in the Counseling Center to visit with college admission representatives that come to Moline High School

  4. Visit with your counselor and explore options and careers that are of interest to you.

  5. Log onto www.careercruising.com

  6. Attend Black Hawk College Night.  Usually the last week of September in Building 3 from 5:30 - 7:30.  This year the date is:  September 26.

  7. Go online to: www.collegezone.com and review college and career resources.

October

  1. Continue to search college using www.collegezone.com

  2. Take the PSAT/NMSQT

  3. Visit with your school counselor to learn of ways to increase your chances of being admitted into colleges/universities of your choice.

November

  1. Start planning to take the ACT and/or SAT.  Speak with your counselor to learn of upcoming dates, or visit www.actstudent.org for the ACT and visit: www.collegeboard.com for the SAT.

  2. Review college catalogs, websites and other pertinent information to familiarize yourself with admission requirements

December

  1. Register NOW (if you have not already done so) to take the ACT or SAT in February

  2. Start to research scholarships.  Visit the tab on the left hand side of the counselor website to start searching of available scholarships that are available.

  3. Study hard for final exams if you are required to take them.

January

  1. Start to visit colleges and universities.  Many institutions will have College Visit Days when MHS in not in session.

  2. Register now if you are planning on taking the March SAT.

February

  1. Start to become familiar with the FAFSA

  2. Enroll in senior classes that fulfill the credits you will need for college.

  3. Start to compile a list of activities, academic achievements to prepare for scholarships and applying for colleges and universities.

  4. Attend ISAC seminars held during parent teacher conferences regarding Financial Aid.

March

  1. Schedule college visits—make sure you meet with both admissions counselors as well as financial aid counselors

  2. Register for the ACT or SAT if you have not already done so.

April

  1. Register for the June ACT or SAT.

  2. Keep researching scholarships.

  3. Start preparing for the end of the year—final exams are just a month away.

  4. If you are enrolled in AP courses, make sure you strongly consider taking the AP exam.

May—July

  1. Study for final exams.Take AP exams if applicable.Visit college campuses.Start to prepare for your senior year.Consider taking the ACT/SAT.Start to look at college applications online to see what colleges and universities require as part of their admissions.

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