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ACTION PLAN FOR JUNIORS

It's your junior year and one step away from your graduation year.  Review this action plan carefully and plan to do the things that will put you in the best position going into your senior year and on to your post-high school plan.  DON'T PROCRASTINATE - stay ahead of deadlines; re-take classes you need to pass to graduate or need to re-take to increase your GPA.  Spend time exploring career interests so you know what direction you want to prepare for after high school.  Meet your with your Academic Guidance counselor if you need any help making a plan or have any questions.  We are here to help you!

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.
 
·        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.
 
·        Refine your 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.
 
·        Try to complete most of academic requirements by your Junior year.
 
·        It is strongly recommended that any class re-takes be completed by the Summer of your junior year. Adult school during your senior year is not a guarantee to make up classes. 
 
·        Meet with your Academic Guidance Counselor to verify you are on track for graduation and discuss options for making up missing credits. *The earlier in the year the better!
 
·        Get involved in extracurricular activities and community service.
 
·        Take advantage of Personality/Interest Skills assessments available through the LHS Career Center.
 
·        Take the PSAT in October of your Junior year to prepare for college entrance exams. The PSAT may qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship or the National Achievement Scholarship Program (http://www.nationalmerit.org). We encourage you to take the PSAT even if you haven’t made a final decision whether to attend a 4-year college. 
o       Research shows that students who take the PSAT score higher on the SAT than students who only take the SAT.
 
 
Action Plan for LHS Juniors continued…
 
·        If pursuing a 4-year college plan, be aware of the course (A-G) and testing requirements (ACT/SAT). Meet with 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. 
o       If taking math, you must take a Math level II test.
 
·        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)
 
 
·        Choose the Early Assessment Program (EAP) when taking the Standardized Test and Report (STAR) scheduled in the Spring. Each junior will be able to use the EAP results to tailor his or her senior year coursework so as to graduate from high school better prepared for postsecondary education or the workforce. The students EAP results will allow each public high school and CSU to determine the college preparation status of individual students. See your Academic Guidance Counselor for more information.
 
·        Take AP exams in the Spring trimester.
 
·        Athletes – review NCAA/NAIA requirements. Registerwith the NCAA Eligibility Center. (http://www.ncaastudent.org/). Do not wait until your senior year to register.
 
·        Attend College fairs and Career events held in the area.
 
·        Visit and/or contact college campuses (while they are in session), technical schools, apprentice programs and/or military recruiting offices in the Spring/Summer.
 
·        Participate in Summer job shadowing/internships/volunteering/ other Summer programs in career fields of interest. Visit the Career Center and search online for more information.
 
·        Get together with your parents and budget for your Senior year. Many expenses are due at the beginning of the year including your Senior graduation package, Senior activities/events. Don’t forget fees for SAT/ACT tests and college applications.