• RPCS SAT Prep Class throughout the year (practice SAT is offered three times a year)
• Pursue challenging academic program and maintain grades
• Get involved in extracurricular activities
• Take PSAT in October – given at RPCS during the school day
• Consider summer opportunities – jobs, college programs and internships.
• Take AP Exams in May (if applicable)
• Take a specific SAT II Subject test in June if encouraged but your teacher or college counselor
• Continue to pursue a challenging academic program and maintain solid grades
• Attend college admissions information sessions held at RPCS and at local hotels/schools; sessions are typically offered September through November.
• Take PSAT in October. Scores from the junior year PSAT are used in determining National Merit Scholars for the following year.
°The PSAT is the natural precursor to the SAT and is an excellent way to become familiar with the SAT testing format.
°PSAT scores are not forwarded to college admission offices.
• Begin third year of RPCS SAT Prep Class.
• Practice SAT Tests offered three times a year.
• Junior Seminar meets once/ cycle to begin college search preparation.
“Junior College Night for Parents and Students” in early December
°Students receive the “College Planning Handbook”, a valuable resource throughout the college search.
• Students and parents begin meeting with the college counselor after College Night.
°Parents and students continue to meet with college counselor through the end of Junior Year and throughout Senior Year.
• Register for and take SAT Math Subject Test only if recommended by teacher.
• Begin to develop general list of colleges in which you have an interest.
• Begin planning any Spring Break college visits.
• Begin contacting schools of interest and gather information.
• Visits schools’ websites to collect further information.
• Junior Seminar continues with the specifics of the college search process.
• Visit prospective colleges in during March Spring Break.
• Finalize your senior year academic schedule; college counselors assist with the selection of classes.
• Register for and take the SAT and ACT.
• SAT Reasoning Test – advised to take in March and/or May
• SAT Subject Tests – advised to take in May or June
• ACT - advised to take in April or June
“AIMS College Fair” in late April to gather more information about colleges and universities.
• Begin thinking about summer plans. Jobs, internships, and college programs are all great options for gaining valuableout-of-school experience.
• Take AP Exams in May, if applicable.
• Attend Essay-writing Workshop at school in June
• Continue to plan summer and fall college visits.
• Visit college campuses and interview wherever possible.
• Continue to request and gather information from colleges
• Attend college information sessions held at RPCS, other local high schools, and local hotels.
• Narrow the college list and begin working on applications.
• Continue visiting colleges; plan overnight stays and interviews where possible.
“Senior College Night for Parents and Students” in late September.
• Register for take one final time the college admissions tests that are offered throughout the fall – SAT and the ACT.
• Gather info. on financial aid policies from schools in which you have an interest.
• File CSS Profile for schools that require it in October.
“Transitions” course begins its yearlong run in September.
• Send Early Decision and/or Early Action applications, if applicable, usually in October or November.
• Be mindful of Regular Decision Deadlines that range from Dec. to Feb.
• All applications must be ready to go by the end of December.
• Submit the required Financial Aid forms to the various processors and institutions by February 1
• Wait patiently for decisions from institutions.
°Many schools will mail decision letters between March 15 and April 15. These four weeks are particularly stressful for seniors still waiting to hear from schools.
• Student should send in a deposit to ONE college no later than May 1.