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Transition Planning: Junior Year

Exploring Options

Junior year is an important year as students begin to think about post-secondary options. If students have a particular interest, it will be important for them to take courses that will support that interest. Students will also begin to work with the Transition and Guidance Office as they begin post-secondary planning in detail during the second half of the year. 

Academic Year Checklist for Students

  • Meet with academic advisor to ensure you are on track to meet graduation requirements.
  • Work to maintain good grades.
  • Continue extra-curricular involvement.
  • Consider new community service opportunities to explore areas of interest and skill.
  • Seek and accept leadership opportunities.
  • Consider retaking an Interest Inventory.
  • Sign up for and take the SATs in January.
  • Begin meeting with guidance counselor after winter break.
  • Set up an account on College Board and begin exploring schools. Look at various types of schools.
  • Develop an initial list of schools you are interested in, conduct research, and begin to narrow down in meetings with Transition and Guidance.
  • Parents should plan to attend a Guidance workshop and meet with guidance counselor during spring Parents’ Days. Here is the Junior Parents Guidance Packet with information about the post-secondary planning process.
  • Develop interview skills through Saturday School workshop and in-class activities.
  • Update a working résumé and review it with academic advisor and guidance counselor. Identify areas of possible weakness and make a plan to address.
  • Review course selection with academic advisor and guidance counselor.
  • Participate in annual review/IEP meeting.
  • Review SAT results with guidance counselor and make a plan for additional testing (SAT/ACT) as needed.
  • Begin to learn about the various levels of support that are available to students with language-based learning disabilities at the post-secondary level.
  • Attend Alumni Panel and ask questions.

Summer Checklist for Students

  • Explore summer activities and employment related to career goals and interests.
  • Review current cognitive and achievement testing with parents and develop a plan to update it if necessary. (Last testing should be within three years.)
  • Narrow list of schools and review application materials.
  • Decide if you plan to apply to any schools Early Decision or Early Action.
  • Develop a calendar that includes the application deadlines for the schools on your list.
  • Develop a list of questions for schools on your list. Think about academics, support, student life, and extra-curricular activities.
  • Begin to visit the schools on your list.
  • Continue to read and write!