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Your College Plan

Freshman Year

• Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses.
• Study hard and get excellent grades. Colleges see your year end grades from ninth grade and the GPA becomes a part of the cumulative GPA on your transcript.
•Strengthen your vocabulary by increasing your reading.
•Become involved in co-curricular activities.
•Browse through college literature or surf the Web to get an idea of what kinds of schools may be of interest to you.
•Check out what high school courses colleges require.
•Know NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) requirements if you want to play sports in college.
•Keep an academic portfolio and co-curricular record or resume. View sample resume.
•Research career possibilities.
•Save money for college.
Sophomore Year

•Continue taking challenging courses.
•Work hard and continue to make excellent grades.
•Take the PSAT in October and the PreACT in November.
•Get more involved with your extracurricular activities. Discover your passion.
•When you receive your PSAT results in December, read the materials sent with your score report and work on the areas you need to improve.
•Its never too early to start researching colleges. Visit your college counseling office to browse through the reference materials available.
•Decide if you want to take any SAT Subject tests in the spring.
•In March, our college counselors will distribute, to sophomores, Naviance account login information for accessing the Raleigh Charter page of Naviance/Family Connection which can be used for college planning.
•If there are college representatives visiting in the spring, come to the visits that may be of interest to you.
•Start thinking about visiting college campuses.
•Look for a great summer opportunity job, internship, or volunteer position.
Junior Year

Juniors and their parents should be exploring the resources available through Naviance/Family Connection including working on the questionnaires for parents and students in preparation for meeting with their assigned college counselor during the spring semester. Completed questionnaires (see below) are required before scheduling a meeting with your counselor. In addition, it's interesting to use the scattergrams to help determine chances of admission to particular colleges based on test scores and grade point average. This is one way to help you narrow down your list of potential colleges. If you don't have your Naviance log-in information, please email or see your counselor. When PSAT results are returned in December, students should then explore the free resources available through www.collegeboard.com/psatextra specifically tailored to each individual student to help improve weak areas and better prepare for the SAT and explore college & academic major options through the personality inventory. Have fun exploring!

September
Fill out the Junior Conference Questionaire for students or for parents.
Students: If you have never used Naviance/Family Connection before, you must first create an account using the information received in Sophomore year from your counselor. Once you are logged in to Naviance/Family Connection, click on the "About Me" tab to access the questionnaire on the left.
Parents: You must access the Naviance parent questionnaire by asking your student to log-in for you to give you access through their Naviance account. Once you are logged in to Naviance/Family Connection, click on the "About Me" tab to access the questionnaire on the left.
If you have forgotten your Naviance log-in information, check with your counselor.
View sample resume.
Attend College Night for juniors and their parents in September in Kenan Recital Hall on the William Peace University Campus.
Attend meetings with admissions representatives from schools of interest to you during their visits to RCHS.
Visit college campuses.
October
Take PSAT for National Merit competition and College Search Service.
February
Meet individually with a college counselor.
Register for March SAT I (Optional).
March
Continue individual meetings with a college counselor.
Consult catalogs, viewbooks, guidebooks, and websites to learn more about individual colleges on the list of schools developed by the counselors after your individual conference.
Take SAT I (optional).
Register for May I SAT (recommended).
April
Continue individual meetings with a college counselor.
Register for June SAT II Subject Tests.
May
Take or retake SAT I.
Take AP exams as appropriate.
June
Take SAT II Subject Tests.
By the end of junior year students should generally have taken the SAT I at least once and appropriate SAT II Subject Tests.
Summer
Visit as many colleges as possible.
Schedule interviews when available.
Read college publications.
Begin developing a final list of colleges.
Think about college essays.
Senior Year

September
Check application deadlines.
Determine if Early Action/Early Decision options are appropriate for you.
Register for SAT I in October or November.
Determine final list of schools with a college counselor.
Attend college visits at school or local college fairs.
October
Begin application process.
Attend college visits at school.
Register for December SAT II Subject Tests.
Take SAT I or SAT II (optional).
Ask for teacher recommendations.
November
Take SAT I (recommended).
Complete Early Action/Early Decision applications.
December
Take SAT II Subject Tests (recommended).
Complete applications.
January
Submit Financial Aid Forms.
Have test scores released and sent.
Submit remaining applications.
February and March
Wait patiently. Think about your potential choices.
April
Make final college choice.
May
Reply to all colleges.
June
Graduate! CONGRATULATIONS!