11th Grade


WELCOME JUNIORS!
Your junior year is a great time to explore possibilities ahead of you- whether those possibilities include college, travel, or a career.  Now is the time to ask questions about your future, use Naviance, job shadow, research and visit colleges.  Your junior year is the last complete year that colleges may review, so it's important to maintain good grades.  Keep in close touch with your counselor about your grades and course selection.  Visit the counseling website and your class page frequently for updated information. Make sure to read the E-News weekly.

 

JUNIOR TO DO LIST
 

August - September

  • Use Naviance to research the admissions qualifications and acceptance history, including GPA and test scores, for the college(s) of your choice. Review your academic record, determine any areas in which you may need to improve, and get suggestions on how to strengthen your candidacy for the schools you are considering.

  • Maintain or improve your grades. Colleges look closely at your 11th grade year, including grades and courses taken.

  • Review the schedules for the SAT and SAT Subject Test, ACT with Writing, and AP exams, and create a tentative testing timeline for yourself. Determine if you should take these exams and how they could benefit you. If so, register early and prepare for the exams you decide to take. SAT and ACT are *not* required for community college. Many students take the SAT or ACT with Writing in the fall, but some choose to wait until January or February. See your counselor if you have questions about the best time for you to take these exams.

  • Register for the PSAT exam offered in October. The 11th grade PSAT score counts toward the National Achievement Program (and it is good practice for the SAT). By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, you may qualify to enter the competitions for prestigious scholarships and participate in recognition programs.

  • Participate in extracurricular activities that you truly enjoy. This is important not only because discovering your passions is a significant part of life, but also because college admission representatives seek candidates that have direction or an identified passion, and use their time in a valuable manner.

October – November

  • During the month of October and again in March, apply for California Scholarship Federation. See details on the CSF page.
  • Attend local college programs or college nights, attend college visits in the LCC College & Career Center. Notices are posted in Naviance and in the Counseling Office.  SDUHSD has a College Night at the San Diego County Fairgrounds in the spring. 

  • Consider going on campus tours at colleges of interest. You and your parent(s)/gaurdian(s) may want to visit the colleges and universities during breaks and summer vacation, so that you do not miss school, however you may get a better feel for the college’s student climate if you visit the campus while students are in session.             

December – January

  • Scores from the October administration of the PSAT will be returned. Review your results in order to identify your strengths and to determine the areas that you may need to improve. Depending on the results, you may want to consider further preparation before taking the SAT. College Board offers free test preparation on their website.

  • Take the SAT and/or ACT in the spring to allow you time to review your results and re-take the exams in the fall of 12th grade, if necessary.

  • Begin or update your résumé in Naviance under the about me section.  This can help you get prepared for filling out college applications in the fall of 12th grade.

  • Use Naviance to look for scholarship opportunities.  "National Scholarship Search"- in Naviance- will tag you as a junior which will make it easier to look for scholarships this year.  

  • If appropriate, take the SAT. Remember, SAT and ACT are not required for community college.

February – March

  • Attend the Junior Counseling Presentation presented by LCC Counselors- typically scheduled through your US History course as a group presentation.  This presentation will give you tips on how to best prepare for college application process in 12th grade, and discuss other post- high school options.

  • In March, apply for California Scholarship Federation. See details on the CSF page.
  • In March, apply for National Honor Society, See details on the NHS page.
  • Use the college search tools under the colleges tab in Naviance. This is a great way to search for colleges that fit the criteria you are looking for (location, size, cost, majors offered, admissions rates, etc…)

  • If you haven’t already, start creating a "Colleges I’m Thinking About" list under the colleges tab in Naviance.  This will help you keep track of colleges and universities of interest and reduce stress in the 12th grade college application process. 

  • Look for and plan to attend local college nights and college fairs in the community.

  • If appropriate, take the SAT and/or ACT with Writing. Remember, SAT and ACT are not required for community college.

April – May

  • Take the Advanced Placement exams if you have taken any AP classes.  You will need to register and pay for these exams- a link will be posted on the LCC Testing site.  

  • Consider taking a summer course at a local community college or at a college or university that offers a program that genuinely interests you. This may require some research.  Summer course catalogs can be found online on the individual community colleges websites.

  • If appropriate, take the SAT, SAT Subject tests and/or ACT with Writing. Remember, SAT and ACT are not required for community college.

 June

  • If appropriate, take the SAT, SAT Subject tests and/or the ACT with Writing.  Remember, SAT, ACT are not required for community college.
  • Continue to look for scholarship opportunities. 

Summer before Senior Year

  • If you are able, go on campus tours at colleges and universities of interest.

  • Based on your test results, determine if it is necessary for you to re-take SAT or ACT in 12th grade.  Most colleges/universities will accept an October and November test score from the fall of senior year.  
  • Start rough drafts of personal essay and short answer portions of college applications, and update your résumé of extracurricular activities and accomplishments.

  • If you are able, seek employment or possibly an internship.

NAVIANCE
Naviance is a program that allows students to assess their personality type, explore careers, majors, post-secondary opportunities and scholarships, and to apply to colleges effectively.  Naviance allows the counseling office to submit transcripts, secondary school reports, and letters of recommendation directly to colleges electronically.  If you are applying to a college, you NEED a Naviance account. Naviance will be regularly update, and it will include access to your GPA, test scores, a scholarship database and the college visit schedule.  LCC has customized pages for students, based on their grade-level, giving them access to appropriate resources for course, college, and career planning. Some of the available resources include:

Researching local scholarship options
Searching for colleges and viewing multimedia college profiles
Displaying scattergrams and application statistics from LCC
Registering for college visits
Requesting letters of recommendation
Accessing web links and custom pages for LCC (Brag Packet, etc.) 
Exploring personality types and career interests
Researching careers
Creating a resume