Welcome back, Juniors!

You’ve reached the half way point in your high school career and the next two years will play a key role in shaping your post-secondary options. We encourage you to continue to work hard academically and strive to earn your best grades yet!

This year you will be taking standardized tests (PSATs, SATs, and possibly ACTs) and using Naviance to explore college and career options. Here are a few things to consider as you begin the year:

  • Take the PSAT this fall to utilize a valuable practice opportunity before taking the SAT in the spring. Even if you took the exam in your sophomore year, it is a wise idea to take it again this fall. In addition to increasing your familiarity with taking a standardized test, the scores from the junior test will be used to determine eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
  • Stay involved in extracurricular activities and athletics. Consistent participation demonstrates responsibility and commitment. Consider pursuing leadership roles in your activities, such as running for president of a club you are involved in.
  • Continue to think about your future goals! Seek out opportunities to gain experience in fields that interest you, such as setting up a job shadow, looking for an internship, or finding summer opportunities to further your exposure to possible career interests.
  • Attend the College Fair at the Shriners' Auditorium in October.
  • Plan on attending Financial Aid Night in the fall. It’s never too early to start planning for financing college!
  • In December, we will be hosting a Junior Parent Night to officially kick off the college process. Mark us down on your calendars now--this session is filled with important information that you won’t want to miss.
  • Junior Seminars: Also in December, the counselors will be visiting junior classrooms to review the college process with students. We welcome students and parents to make appointments with their counselor at any time to discuss individual plans in greater detail.
  • Plan to take the SATs in the spring and talk to your counselor about the benefits of taking the ACTs as well. We strongly recommend doing prep work BEFORE taking standardized tests. In most cases, prep work has the largest impact on your scores when completed in the months leading up to the exam. See our Standardized Testing page for information about options available to help you prepare for the tests.