Transition Planning: Junior Year
Exploring Your Options
Junior year is an important year as you begin to think about your post-secondary options. If you have a particular interest, it will be important to take courses that will support that interest. You will also begin to work with the Transition and Guidance Office as you begin post-secondary planning in detail during the second half of the year.
Academic Year Checklist
- Meet with Academic Advisor to ensure you are on track to meet graduation requirements.
- Work to maintain good grades.
- Continue your 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.
- Select and 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 Guidance and Transition.
- Parents should plan to attend a Guidance workshop and meet with Guidance Counselor during spring Parents’ Days.
- Develop interview skills through Saturday School workshop and in-class activities.
- Update your 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.
- Explore summer activities and employment related to career goals and interests.
- Review current cognitive and achievement testing with your parents and develop a plan to update it if needed. (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!