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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.

Summer Checklist

  • 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!