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ACTION PLAN FOR SENIORS

SENIORS - Application Process and Deadlines

YOU ARE ALMOST THERE!!  COUNT DOWN TO GRADUATION!!! But you are not done yet - review the suggested action plan for this very important year and make sure you are taking care of things that may affect your graduation or your post-high school plans.  Meet with your academic guidance counselor if you are not sure or if you have any questions.  Make it the best year of your high school career!

Re-evaluate your high school course selection to make sure it meets the requirements of your post-high school goals/plans. Parents discuss, review and approve course selection.
 
Meet with your Academic Guidance Counselor to review and discuss graduation requirements and your post-high school plans.
 
Visit the Career Center to explore career options, college and other post-high school choices. Search for financial aid information, scholarships, job shadowing and ROP courses. Attend guest speaker visits from career and college representative speakers.
 
·        Remain focused on academics to earn the best GPA possible.  This will keep many options open as you make decisions about life after high school. 
 
·        Review your transcript to make sure everything is accurate and up-to-date.
 
·        Refine responsibility skills (time management, organization, meeting deadlines, completing assignments).
o       Use your school planner and pay close attention to dates and deadlines.
o       Keep your schedule and LIFE BALANCED by staying organized and not over committing.
o       Please see your Academic Guidance Counselor if you need help in any of these areas or are facing other challenges.
 
·        If you have any class re-takes you should see your Academic Guidance Counselor as soon as possible to determine how to make-up credits to keep you on track for graduation. Adult school is not a guarantee to make-up classes since classes often fill up quickly. It is important to sign-up for Adult School early, maintain perfect attendance, and complete the course-work.  
 
·        If you have not passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), see your Academic Guidance Counselor to make sure you take advantage of all testing opportunities in November, February, March, and May.
 
·        Get involved in extracurricular activities and community service.
 
·        Update Brag Sheets from 4-year folders. Use your brag sheet as a resource for beginning a job resume. You may also provide the brag sheet to individuals from whom you have requested a letter of recommendation for private colleges or scholarships. The more details you can add to the brag sheet, the better.
 
·        Attend the Tri-Valley College Fair and other College fairs and Career events held in the area.
 
·        Visit college campuses (while they are in session), technical schools and/or military recruiting offices.
 
·        If pursuing a 4-year college plan, make sure you are aware of the course (A-G) and testing requirements (ACT/SAT/SAT Subject). Meet your Academic Guidance Counselor and/or contact admissions offices of the college you are considering.
o       If pursuing admission to an UC, take two separate SAT subject tests. If taking math, you must take a Math level II test. Regardless of whether taking the SAT Reasoning or ACT, UC requires that you complete the writing section. UC also requires students to write a personal statement. Preparation resources are available at www.Collegeboard.com and www.CaliforniaColleges.edu
o       If pursuing admission to a CSU, both the SAT or ACT are accepted and the writing section is not required. In addition, the SAT Subject tests are not required either or a personal statement.
o       Free SAT/ACT prep resources are available at www.number2.com
o       Apply to several schools and always have one or two back-up schools in case you do not get into your top choice schools. Note the deadline to apply. The deadline for CSU/UC’s is November 30th.
o       Visit the campuses of the colleges applying to, preferably when the campus is in session. Go on a campus tour.
o       Athletes – review NCAA/NAIA requirements. If you have not already, registerwith the NCAA Eligibility Center. (http://www.ncaastudent.org/).
o       For college-bound educationally-disadvantaged or low-income students, look into the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) at your colleges of interest.   
 
·        The College Board recommends taking the SAT in the Spring of your junior year and again in the Fall of your senior year. (www.collegeboard.com)
 
·        Financial aid for higher education opportunities:
o       Explore and apply to scholarships. See Career Center or Academic Guidance Counselor for scholarship resources and information.
o       Starting January 1st, apply to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grants if planning to attend schools in California.
o       Attend Livermore High’s Financial Aid Night.
 
·        Take Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the Spring trimester.
 
·        Students applying to community college will begin registration in the Spring.
 
·        If planning to take Summer community college coursework to finish requirements for college admission, notify the schools you have applied to.
 
·        See your Academic Guidance Counselor for seniors or visit her School Loop webpage for additional information and web links.