April Timely Tips for Each Grade

April Timely Tips for Each Grade

Summer will be here before we know it, and students will have more free time outside of the (virtual) classroom environment. We encourage students to research summer options, explore something they have always wanted to learn or become involved in something they’re passionate about.
Below are ways students can continue to excel in their college admissions journey throughout April.

8th Graders – Focus on Foundation

  • Summer plans should:
    • Enhance your strengths
    • Improve any areas of weakness
    • Explore interests
    • Improve the transition into high school
  • Focus on a smooth transition to high school by:
    • Evaluating if you are equipped for social and academic changes
    • Completing summer reading

9th Graders – Build on Foundation

  • Summer plans should:
    • Improve your areas of strength (academic and extracurricular)
      • College Summer Programs
  • Allow for exploration of topics not covered in school
    • College programs
    • Volunteering
  • Involve community service and/or volunteer work
  • Prepare for AP/Honors courses in 10th grade

10th Graders – Grow & Dive Deeper

  • Summer plans should:
    • Evaluate core values and interests
    • Solidify potential college majors and careers
    • Prepare for AP/IB/Honors courses in 11th grade
    • Explore interests and passions
  • Research virtual options for major exploration and activities

11th Graders – Narrow your Interests

  • Draft a college list with your counselor.
  • Research colleges by taking an online campus tour.
  • Map out your fall standardized testing plan and learn which colleges are test-optional and test blind.

12th Graders – Fill in Gaps

  • Participate in virtual college tours.
  • Review all of your college decisions.
  • Analyze every college and university you have been accepted into based on academics, personality and social and emotional factors.
  • Think about how to respond to waitlist offers.
  • College Decision Day for most universities is May 1. Check your college to verify what day your deposit is due to reserve your senior’s place at his or her chosen college.