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1 9 th Grade EXPLORING 10 th Grade THINKING 11 th Grade PERFECTING 12 th Grade APPLYING! o Attend every day o Try a new club, sport, or o Keep challenging yourself o Finalize your list of o Keep an open mind activity o Remember that this is the colleges and universities o Engage with others o Start each day with what year 4 year colleges use o Track deadlines & o Ask lots and lots of one thing will I learn today? to see how you have requirements necessary for questions o Complete community grown as a student admission (have a binder!) o Get started on community service this year o Begin to think about what o Meet with your counselor service o Challenge yourself with YOU want from a school o Professionally request o Build Relationships with one Honors or AP class and who YOU are as a Letters of Recommendation adults, teachers, o Get to know your person o FAFSA completion counselors counselor o Take a deep breath Provide resources so attendance isn t a problem Promote curiosity Read together Discuss news of the world Encourage & support what they do right Talk about colleges you have looked up on-line Talk about the work you do and the skills needed Watch for dips in energy and purpose Support what they do right Read the same books they are assigned Support your child's decisions with advice rather than judgment. Ultimately, it is your child will be be living his or her life Take & pass Algebra or Geometry EOC Maintain 2.5 or higher HSPE Writing & Reading tests in spring PSAT in Oct. Take it seriously! Take Biology EOC Maintain 3.0 or higher Plan your next two years of academics with life after high school in mind PSAT in Oct. SAT/ACT in Spring. Take it seriously! Maintain 3.0 or higher Take an AP exam or a SAT Subject Test SAT or ACT tests Enjoy learning, enjoy school, enjoy the rigorous application process

2 OBJECTIVE REFERENCE GUIDES College Handbook, The College Board Four Year Colleges, Peterson's The Handbook of Historically Black College and Universities,Toni Hodge Kennard Daystar Guide to Colleges for African American Students, Kaplan University and College Accountability Network at National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities at College Results Online at RESOURCES SUBJECTIVE REFERENCE GUIDES The Best 371 Colleges, Princeton Review Bid Book of Colleges, College Prowler Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way you Think About Colleges, Loren Pope Student's Guide to Colleges, edited by Jordan Goldman and Colleen Buyers Unigo at College Prowler at SUBJECTIVE MATERIALS ABOUT THE ADMISSION PROCESS Colleges Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy,Lloyd Thacker The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg I'm Going to College-Not You!, Jennifer Delahunty, editor Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College, Marilee Jones and Kenneth Ginsburg The Choice, Jacques Steinberg at thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com Class Struggle, Jay Matthews at voices.washingtonpost.com/class-struggle The Education Conservancy at

3 GENERAL ADMISSION INFORMATION College.gov at KnowHow2go at National Association for College Admission Counseling at The Common Application at International Baccalaureate at Advanced Placement at College Fairs Online at Collegiate Choice Walking Tours Videos at NACAC National College Fairs at Edu, Inc, Common Black College Application (36 schools) COLLEGE DATA College Insight at College Navigator at National Survey of Student Engagement at TESTING INFORMATION ACT at SAT at Fair Test at FREE PRACTICE TESTS AND TEST PREPARATION ACT Sample Test at Number2 at SAT College Board Practice Test at sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test Spark Notes SAT Practice Test at testprep.sparknotes.com/testcenter/newsat SPECIAL INTERESTS K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADHD, Marybeth Kravets and Imy Wax The College Sourcebook for Students with Learning and Developmental Differences, Midge Lipkin College Guide for Performing Arts Majors 2009: The Real-World Admission Guide for Dance, Music, and Theatre Majors OR Performing Arts College Guide, Carol Everett

4 National Portfolio Day at Athletics NCAA at GAP YEAR Before You Go: The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Gap Year, Tom Griffiths Gap Year Guidebook 2012, Wendy Bosberry-Scott Americorps at City Year at CIEE Gap Year Programs at Global Volunteers at Where There BE Dragons at SELECTIVE SUMMER PROGRAMS Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) at National Hispanic Institute at College Horizons Program for Native Americans at Massachusetts Institute of Technology MITES at web.mit.edu/mites SEMESTER PROGRAMS Cityterm at the Masters School in New York at The Mountain School of Milton Academy at United World Colleges at FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES College Goal Sunday at FAFSA at Fastweb at FinAid at Federal Student Aid at CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE at FINANCIAL AID CALCULATORS

5 FinAid Calculators at Sallie Mae Affordability Analyzer at FAFSA4caster at SCHOLARSHIPS College Scholarships.org at College Board Scholarship Search at FastWeb at FinAid s Major-Specific Resource at Meritaid at Moolahspot at Peterson s Award Database at Scholarships.com at Scholarships4students.com at The Web-based Naviance system features a scholarship search service powered by Sallie Mae 200 Free Scholarships for Minorities at 100 Black Men of America, Inc. at American Indian College Fund at LGBT Scholarship Resource at Hispanic scholarship Resource at

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