•  Junior Planning Calendar

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    Fall/Winter:

    General:

    • Establish your own personal e-mail account if you do not have one already

    • Career Cruising: careercruising.com (use Google)

      • Use Skyward Log-In (must be preceded by GCISD-)

      • Encourage use of:  College and/or Major Search, College Comparisons, Scholarships, Activities & Experience

    • Initiate/refine/update list of abilities, personal qualities and accomplishments for your resume

    • Initiate/update your list of things you may want to study and do in college

    Testing

    • Sign up early for PSAT/NMSQT exam which is given in October

    • ACT/SAT College Entrance Exams-Have you taken yours?

      • It is recommended (not required) that you take the ACT and SAT exams however all colleges will accept either

      • Recommended 3 times to improve your results

      • It is not necessary to have your results before your college applications are submitted  

      • Some schools require SAT Subject Tests (best taken soon after completion of corresponding course)

      • Consider future registration deadlines for college admissions exams and the limited space availability as well as test location sites being offered.

    College Visits

    • Research colleges of interest and make note of early admissions dates

    • Request information as soon as possible from your list of colleges of choice

    • Plan your college visit dates.  You are allowed 2 during your junior year

    • Many colleges have designated Junior Visit Days

      • Junior and Senior Visitation dates are listed on the college websites

      • Most require registration and fill quickly

      • These offer the most realistic idea of what the school is about

       Spring:

       General:

    •  Make your appointment for your Junior consultation at the Go Center

    • Take your ACT or SAT

    • Research your options for summer ACT/SAT prep courses to help you improve your exams if necessary

      • There are numerous test prep agencies in the area, please see your counselors or the Go Center for more information

      • Search online for free test prep through ACT.org and Collegeboard.org

      • There is no additional fee to have exam results sent to your colleges of choice within a specific time frame, usually 5 days.  Any time after that, there will be a fee assessed to send your results.  

      • Request an official and unofficial copy of Transcripts

      • Not mandatory but suggested, having official transcripts on hand in case you need to send out immediately  

    Summer:

    • Many colleges open enrollment August 1st and have early admissions deadlines by 1st of November

      • Research colleges of interest and make note of early admissions dates

      • Create a master calendar to include:  Application, Financial Aid and Scholarship deadlines

      • Make a general file to manage your college search, testing information and college considerations and plans

      • Request information as soon as possible from your colleges of choice

      • Accomplish as much as possible during summer up to and including submission of college apps before school starts especially if you have electives that consume your time during the Fall  

      • Submission of early applications provides you more possibilities of being accepted at your preferred college/colleges of choice and avoids the pressure and possibility of missing deadlines

      • Most schools accept the Apply Texas/Common App however check the college website

      • Request an official and unofficial copy of Transcripts

        • All requests must be made online through Parchments - also accessed via the GHS or CHHS counseling websites

        • Suggested before you leave for the summer to have on hand in case you need to send

        • Obtain an unofficial copy to keep on hand and an official sealed copy to send if necessary  

      • Many colleges have designated Junior Specific Visiting Dates and Pre College Summer Programs

        • Junior and Senior Visitation dates are listed on the college websites

        • Most require registration and fill quickly and offer the most realistic idea of what the school is about

        • Juniors  are allowed two (2) excused absences for college visits each year

    • Begin your scholarship search now

      • Never too early to apply for scholarships  

      • Numerous scholarships expire in the early fall of your senior year

      • Review the Scholarship Book in the Go Center  – New scholarships added frequently

      • Sign up for scholarship search engines, i.e. Fastweb, Meritaid, Scholarships4students, and etc.

      • For more information and direct links visit:  http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/30816

     
    • Essays

      • Review essay topics listed for each school as soon as possible and begin working on them

      • Have your essays reviewed with plenty of time

      • If assistance is needed make appointment with Go Center to meet with Mentor

    • Recommendation Letters

      • Counselor:  Complete the questionnaire on the counseling website

      • Teachers:  Check with individual It teachers for their preference

    • Resumes

      • Visit the Go Center for assistance with resumes

    • FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

      • Application available beginning October of your senior year and is based on first come first serve

      • Be sure to request your FSA ID as soon as possible (needed prior to completing FAFSA)

     

     
    Other Helpful Information: 
     
    • Tarrant County College Interest

      • TCC comes to our campus usually in the Fall and again in the Spring for registration and testing eliminating the need to have to go to their campus

      • If possibly interested in attending TCC in the Summer or Fall after graduation, please be sure to let us know in order to be included in the registration group

      • Complete the following interest form on-line:   http://www.tinyurl.com/TCC2017

    • Military Interest

      • ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment is required and is administered on GCISD campus

      • Assessment given in the Fall and again in the Spring at either GHS or CHHS (confirm location)   

      • See the Go Center for recruiter contact

    • Theatre/Dama Interest

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    Take Away:

    • We encourage you to use the numerous resources readily available to you in the Go Center for any of the above subjects or any other college bound related issues that you might need assistance with.  Best times are during your senior release and/or if in dual, on Friday when your classes do not meet.