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Grade Level February/Spring Timelines
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February Tasks for Seniors: 

1. Complete and submit your FAFSA, if you haven't already - Be sure you know the financial aid and FAFSA submission deadlines for the colleges you're considering. Even if you're not entirely certain that you'll be going to college, file the FAFSA anyway! To find out what you should do after you submit the form, GO HERE.

2. Plan your final college visits - Many colleges still aren't allowing in-person visits from high school students, but most are at least offering virtual college visits. This last visit will be instrumental in helping you choose the college that is the right "fit" for you. Take your family or your friends for a fresh perspective.

3. Double-Check your transcripts - It's critically important for you at this time to know what's on your transcript. Check to be sure that you have met all graduation requirements (no nasty surprises!). Schedule an appointment with your school counselor (that's me, Mrs. Casanova) to review all graduation requirements and ask any last-minute questions that may arise.

4. Stay on top of Scholarships - Now that you've completed your college applications, you should be in the midst of searching for scholarships. Pro-tip, be sure to check out the SCHOLARSHIP PAGE on this website for some more local sources of money, but also use the scholarship search site I gave you at the beginning of the year (if you forget, contact me).

5. Focus-Focus-Focus - Do not give in to "senioritis"! Remember, colleges can and do rescind admissions offers if your final GPA slips below their requirements for admissions. 

February Tasks for Juniors: 

1. Find out if your top-choice colleges are test-optional or test-blind - Test-blind means that the college will not even look at your SAT or ACT scores, even if you send them. Test-optional means that you can choose whether or not to send your scores. If you don't, it won't be held against you, but if you do send them, the school will consider them when making an admissions decision.

2. Create a standardized testing plan - Even if your preferred college is test optional, it can pay to take the SAT or ACT. These scores are often used to determine your eligibility for scholarship money. There are three more SAT test dates available for this school year. You can register and find SAT dates HERE, and ACT dates HERE.

3. Letters of recommendation - Line up your recommenders now. As the school year winds down, they could be swamped with requests, and you do NOT want to have to compete with your classmates for their time. 

4. Plan college visits - Some schools may not yet be allowing in-person visits, but most or all of them are conducting virtual visits. For great tips on how to conduct a virtual visit, including what kinds of questions to ask, check out the suggestions ON ThIS PAGE.

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5. Course selection - We are headed into course selection season already, believe it or not! Start thinking about how to challenge yourself without overwhelming yourself in your senior year. If dual enrollment classes are available, consider registering for them. 

6. Check in with Mrs. Casanova - I have met with most of "my" juniors already this year, but if you missed your junior meeting, or if any additional questions have come up since we met, schedule an appointment with me! Use the Calendly link for your school.