Educational Timeline

Student Timeline

Use this timeline to help make sure you are accomplishing everything you need to accomplish on time. Most of this information was compiled by Get a Jump! A Comprehensive Guide to Planning for Life after High School. More information can be found at www.petersons.com.

Freshman Year

  • Enjoy high school. Begin the year with a positive attitude!
  • Study hard and work towards getting the best grades possible.
  • Get to know your counselor.
  • Get involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
  • Build strong academics by taking challenging courses.
  • Check out what types of high school courses colleges require.
  • Research career possibilities.
  • In February, see your counselor for advice on course selection for next year.
  • Read, Read, Read. The more you read the better your vocabulary will become.
  • Know the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) requirements if you want to play sports in college.

Sophomore Year

  • Concentrate on keeping your grades up.
  • Continue to be involved in co-curricular or extracurricular activities.
  • Look for volunteer activities to develop your interests.
  • Continue to research colleges!
  • Visit C-Tec for “Hands-On Day.”  Apply to C-Tec if interested by January. 
  • In February, see your counselor for advice on course selection for next year.
  • Attend the Licking County College Fair in April.

Junior Year

This is the year you need to begin the college selection process. Attend the college representative sessions in school, college fairs, and visit college campuses.

SEPTEMBER

  • Keep studying! Your cumulative GPA at the end of this year will be the GPA you will be using for college applications.
  • Stay involved with extracurricular or co-curricular activities.
  • Make sure you are meeting NCAA requirements if you want to play sports in college.
  • In September, attend the Suburban College Fair
  • If interested in a military academy, begin inquiring about this process.
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT during school.  Sign-up in the counseling office with Mrs. Christman.

OCTOBER

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT during school.  Sign-up in the counseling office with Mrs. Christman.

NOVEMBER

  • Keep your grades up!
  • Continue to be involved in school activities/community service.
  • If interested in applying to a military academy, you must request a nomination from our state's congressperson(s) or other designated nominator. Additional requirements may be found on the individual academy's websites.  Begin researching this process.

DECEMBER

  • PSAT scores should be arriving before winter break. Look over your score report to assess your strengths and weaknesses. This is an informative tool in preparing for the SAT.
  • Begin thinking about taking the SAT and ACT. The ACT will be offered for free once at WMHS during a regular school day in the winter.  You will be automatically registered for this if you are a junior.  You can pay to retake the ACT on your own if you would like to in the spring.

JANUARY

  • Study!
  • Begin researching possible colleges if you haven't already. Check on what you need to be doing to increase your chances of getting admitted.

FEBRUARY

  • Scheduling for next year will begin this month. When selecting your senior courses, be sure to pick challenging but realistic courses. In addition, review the required credits for graduation.
  • If applicable, consider taking certain SAT IIs in June. Not all students will need to take these subject matter SATs for college admission purposes. You can take up to three tests at a time. Check with your counselor if you have questions about this.
  • ACT taken at WMHS during the regular school day.  Free for all juniors.  Students will be automatically registered by the school counseling office. 

APRIL

  • Continue to evaluate colleges.
  • Attend the Licking County College Fair
  • Possibly take the ACT again on a National Test Date (register at actstudent.org)

MAY

  • Be sure your senior courses are correct.
  • Take AP Exams, if appropriate.

JUNE

  • Visit college/tech schools over the summer.
  • Any athlete hoping to play college sports at a Division I or II college must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Register for this online.
  • Have official test scores sent to NCAA.
  • Possibly take the ACT again on a National Test Date (register at actstudent.org)
  • Enjoy your summer!!!

Senior Year

SEPTEMBER

  • Your counselor will be contacting you for your individual senior meeting.
  • Check all deadlines for your college applications/scholarships and financial aid.
  • Begin your college applications for college admissions and financial aid. Most colleges have these applications available on-line.
  • Many applications require letters of recommendations. Be sure to give your teachers AT LEAST TWO WEEKS notice to complete your recommendation.
  • Possibly take the ACT again on a National Test Date (register at actstudent.org)
  • Continue to visit colleges.
  • Attend the Suburban College Fair
  • If you will be completing the FAFSA form on-line, apply for a pin number so you will be ready for financial aid. (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

OCTOBER

  • Apply NOW for Early Action or Early Decision.
  • Complete the FAFSA. (www.fafsa.ed.gov) if you are interested in qualifying for any financial aid, work study, scholarships, grants or loans.
  • Possibly take the ACT again on a National Test Date (register at actstudent.org)
  • Have official test scores sent to colleges on your list.
  • Bring your transcript requests/counselor forms to the counseling office.
  • Be sure to monitor the scholarship list through your Naviance account
  • Keep your grades up!

NOVEMBER

  • Continue completing your applications and following deadlines.
  • Make it a goal to turn your applications in before Thanksgiving. Just remember to allow enough time to process your applications.
  • Keep current with the scholarship list.

DECEMBER

  • Keep current with the scholarship list.
  • Keep your grades up!

JANUARY

  • Keep current with the scholarship list.
  • Keep your grades up!

FEBRUARY

  • Look over your deadline sheets and make sure you have all your necessary forms in.
  • Continue to complete scholarship applications.

MARCH

  • Don't get senioritis!
  • Continue to complete scholarship applications.

APRIL

  • You will hear of your college admissions status by April 1st in most cases.
  • Review your financial aid packages very carefully.
  • You usually have until May 1st  to make your final decisions.
  • Again, keep current with scholarship applications.

MAY

  • By May 1st  you usually need to send in your tuition deposits and housing contracts.
  • Notify the colleges where you were accepted, that you have decided to go elsewhere. Your spot may go to someone else!
  • AP Exams.
  • Be sure to request your final transcript be sent to the college you’ve selected on Naviance.

JUNE

  • Final transcripts will be sent to your colleges this month.  Make sure you requested them on Naviance.

Congratulations!

You are about to begin the greatest adventure of your life.

Good luck!

 

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