Four Year Guidance Calendar

Freshman Year

  • Become involved in the Upper School.  Take your studies seriously and explore extracurricular opportunities.  Set academic goals for the year. Remember every class counts! You are building your record for college admission beginning in your freshman year.
  • If you are strong in a particular subject or subjects, consult with your teachers and advisor about taking Honors or Advanced Placement courses.
  • Begin building your Resume. Record your extracurricular activities, leadership positions, community service, honors, awards, summer experiences, and jobs.  Update your extracurricular activities each semester.
  • Play a Sport – Colleges love well-rounded students.
  • Evaluate your grades each quarter and determine what you are doing well and what you need to improve.
  • Take your Midterm Exams and Finals seriously – they count!
  • Review your PLAN Scores and the Career Planning Information that comes along with it.
  • Begin exploring career paths and vocational options.
  • Meet with Mrs. Wyman to discuss coursework for your Sophomore year.
  • Begin thinking about Colleges / Universities that interest you.  Do on-line research or visit campuses close to you.
  • Consider giving some of your time this summer to regular volunteering or participate on a mission trip.
  • Consider going to Church Camp or engage in some other discipleship building activities.
  • Consider attending a Summer Program or Academic camp that gives you exposure to or experience in areas of intellectual or vocational interest.
  • Take FLVS courses to recoup credits or pursue a new academic track. Students MUST have a Guidance meeting with Mrs. Wyman before enrolling in FLVS classes.
  • Complete your required CCS Summer Reading Assignments

 

Sophomore Year

  • Review your 9th grade progress and review your academic goals.  The time has passed for fun and games – get serious and do your best in every class!
  • If you are strong in a particular subject or subjects, consult with your teachers and Guidance Counselor about taking Advanced Placement courses.
  • Evaluate your grades each quarter and determine what you are doing well and what you need to improve.
  • Take your Midterm Exams and Finals seriously – they count!
  • Take the PSAT in October and the PLAN Test in January.
  • Evaluate your performance and your interest in each academic area.  Pay particular attention to the PLAN scores – they are normed for 10th grade students.
  • Continue to explore career paths and vocational options.
  • Meet with Mrs. Wyman to discuss coursework for your Junior year.
  • Continue exploring Colleges / Universities that interest you.  Do on-line research and consider visiting schools that are of interest to you.
  • Consider giving some of your time this summer to regular volunteering or participate on a mission trip.
  • Consider going to Church Camp or engage in some other discipleship building activities.
  • Attend a Summer Program or Academic camp that gives you exposure to or experience in areas of intellectual or vocational interest.
  • Purchase an SAT/ACT Prep Manual and complete it over the Summer.
  • Take FLVS courses to recoup credits or pursue a new academic track. Students MUST have a Guidance meeting with Mrs. Wyman before enrolling in FLVS classes.
  • Complete your required CCS Summer Reading Assignments

 

Junior Year

August / September

  • Review your 10th grade progress and your academic plan.  This is the last full year that college admissions counselors will consider – make it count.
  • Continue to update the activities list you began as a freshman.
  • Make use of the college planning resources available from the Guidance Office.  Also, take advantage of the internet; the websites of the various colleges and universities can be useful tools for college exploration.
  • Prepare for the October PSAT.  While this is still a practice test for the SAT- juniors who score exceptionally well on the PSAT may be considered for participation in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  This test matters – be prepared and do your best.

October

  • Attend scheduled trips to College Fairs and be sure to meet with some of the many college representatives who are at these events.  Listen to the admission counselors’ presentations and ask questions about your particular interests.  Pick up admission materials and sign the information cards provided by the reps so that you will be added to the schools’ mailing lists.
  • Go on the Fall College Tour sponsored by CCS.
  • Take the PSAT on the national test date.
  • Use the data you have compiled over the last two years to establish criteria for the type of college that you would like to attend.

November

  • Evaluate your 1st quarter grades and determine what you are doing well and what you need to improve to meet your academic goals for the year.  The grade point average provided to colleges when you apply is cumulative through the end of the junior year.

December

  • Attend the Junior Class Guidance / “Understanding PSAT Scores” program in December.
  • Read the PSAT report information carefully to interpret your performance and begin preparing hard for your first SAT / ACT tests in the Spring.
  • Do well on your Mid-term exams!
  • Schedule Family Guidance meeting with Mrs. Wyman

January

  • Sign-Up to go on the CCS overnight College Trip
  • Register for April ACT and the May SAT
  • Begin SAT/ACT Prep Classes at CCS

February

  • Attend NACAC College Fair
  • Continue College Research
  • Research Summer Programs and internship opportunities
  • Submit Resume to Mrs. Wyman
  • Submit Interest Inventory to Mrs. Wyman
  • Submit Preliminary list of potential College choices to Mrs. Wyman

March

  • Apply to Summer Programs / Narrow down internship opportunities

April

  • Continue to Research and Refine possible College choices
  • Attend CCS College Tour
  • Schedule Family visits to Colleges
  • Take your first ACT Exam

May

  • Take your first SAT Exam
  • Review ACT Scores with Mrs. Wyman / Register for June ACT Exam
  • Choose course for CCS Senior Year Schedule
  • Prepare Diligently for Final Exams
  • Consider taking a Summer SAT/ACT Prep Class

June / July

  • Take ACT exam (if registered)
  • Take SAT/ACT Prep Class if registered
  • Complete any outstanding courses / credit retrieval via FLVS
  • Continue to visit Colleges
  • Narrow down your potential College choices to the Finalists
  • Review application requirements for all possible College choices
  • Think about Essay topics
  • Think about teachers who can write a letter of recommendation
  • Search for student Scholarships that you may qualify for
  • Complete any Summer Program or Internship
  • Complete your required CCS Summer Reading Assignments

 

Senior Year

August

  • Attend the 2-day Program – “CCS College Boot Camp”
  • Finalize all applications and related materials
  • Apply for all Colleges that have early and/or rolling application periods
  • Register for the September ACT exam and the October SAT exam
  • Request teacher recommendations if you did not do so yet.

September

  • Take the ACT exam (if registered)
  • Attend the Senior Class parent meeting
  • Continue to apply for any College that has an early application period
  • Explore Scholarship Opportunities, Requirements, Deadlines

October

  • Take the SAT exam (if registered)
  • Continue to apply to Colleges

November

  • Complete any last-minute College applications

December

  • Check the mail for College responses
  • Prepare diligently for Mid-term Exams – Colleges will look at your first semester grades.

January

  • Parents attend the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) Boot Camp

February – May

  • Finish Strong and leave a positive legacy behind at CCS

 

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