Grade Level College Planning Benchmarks

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9th Grade

  • Participate in the career guidance lessons
  • Begin the High School and Beyond Plan to inform High School course choices

  • Practice PSAT

  • Connect with your school counselor

  • Build relationships with your teachers

  • Build and fine tune organizational skills, study skills and time management

  • Get involved

    • Volunteer

    • Join clubs/sports

    • Start working on the 60 hour Service Learning requirement (choose service opportunities relevant to your interests)

    • Do a program during the summer


    10th grade

  • Participate in the career guidance lessons
  • Revisit your High School and Beyond Plan

  • Take the PSAT

  • SBAC Assessments

  • Connect with your school counselor

  • Build relationships with your teachers

  • Build and fine tune organizational skills, study skills and time management

  • Get involved

    • Volunteer

    • Join clubs/sports

    • Start working on the 60 hour Service Learning requirement (choose service opportunities relevant to your interests)


    11th grade

  • This is the final full year that colleges will see on your transcript. Your grades for both semesters are very important.
  • Attend Franklin’s College Fair and the NACAC College Fair-October

  • Review your graduation requirements with your school counselor to make sure you’re on track-September/October

  • Attend How Can I Afford College Event for financial aid literacy-December

  • Start to draft of list of colleges/programs that you would like to apply to and research their application requirements-Fall/Winter/Spring

    • Give yourself deadlines to complete applications. Put in your calendar.

  • All school SAT Day-March

    • Consider re-taking SAT/ACT in the summer or early fall following your junior year

  • Start drafting your personal statement, activities log and resume-Spring/Summer


    12th Grade

  • This moves fast. Use your calendar. This is where your skills in time management will get put to work. You will not be able to keep all the deadlines in your head
  • Review your graduation requirements and selected courses for the year with your school counselor-September

  • Review your deadlines (applications and scholarships)

  • Review ACT/SAT scores and make a plan to retake 2 months prior to any application deadline

  • Review and refine your personal statement, activities log and resume-September/October

  • Identify one scholarship to apply to each month

  • Identify people who can write you a letter of recommendation and ask if they are able-October/November

  • Start on your applications and attend Franklin’s College Application Event-November

  • Attend Franklin’s How Can I Afford College Event to improve financial aid literacy- December

  • Attend Franklin’s FAFSA/WASFA Completion Event to submit your FAFSA/WASFA-January

  • Keep on the scholarships!

  • Make sure you ask for letters of recommendation or Common Application requests with no less than 2 week notice

  • Monitor your applications and make contact if necessary-February and March

  • Review your acceptance letters-March

  • Review your acceptance letters with your financial aid award letters-April

    • Please loop in Bill Kautz or College Access Now if you have questions!

  • Make your decision for your school of choice by May 1st (for 4 year colleges,2 year schools you have some more time to do this)

  • Always read your physical mail and email for requirements you need to do for your selected institution. This is very important

  • Request final transcripts to be sent your selected school-June

  • Take advantage of any summer bridge, freshman orientation programs! -Summer

 

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