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Senior and Junior Timelines









___Discuss post-high school plans with family and guidance counselor.  Senior Interviews are conducted thru November; you may request your interview by making an appointment in the Guidance Office.


___Continue gathering college/trade school information and applications forms (Phone numbers & web pages are available in Guidance and on Naviance).


___Search the web pages of colleges/trade schools that interest you for Fall Open Houses and Informational Tours; look for notices posted near the Guidance Office—check school announcements


___If you have not done so, complete a resume on Naviance & ask teachers and employers for letters of recommendation.


___Register by SEPTEMBER 7th for the OCTOBER 6th SAT or SAT Subject Tests


___If you intend to participate in Division I or II college athletics, register for the NCAA Clearinghouse www.eligibilitycenter.org and have your SAT scores sent (Code # 9999)


___Meet with the College/Trade School/Military Representatives that are in the Lunchroom (A calendar is posted outside Guidance regarding dates of upcoming visits).


___Choose approximately 4-8 colleges/trade schools to which you will send applications.


___Begin planning to visit the colleges/trade schools that interest you if you have not already done so


___Begin gathering financial documents to prepare for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—DO NOT SUBMIT BEFORE OCTOBER 1st.


___Attend Senior Guidance Assembly---SEPTEMBER 13th


___Utilize SEPTEMBER 26th for College Visits/Interviews


___Watch your grades!!  Most schools require 1st quarter and/or semester grades before granting acceptances.  We have seen students get denied by schools because of their poor SENIOR GRADES!




___Begin application process (if you have not already done so).  Follow the procedures outlined in the Senior Guidance Assembly & on the attached Step by Step guide.


___Check on Teacher Recommendations.


___If applying for Early Action (non-binding) or Early Decision (binding), check deadlines!


___Attend the Financial Aid Night on OCTOBER 1st at Father Judge—7:00-9:00 p.m.


___FAFSA Filing Period opens on OCTOBER 1st—if you apply before this you will be using the wrong form!


___Register (collegeboard.com) for the CSS/Financial Aid Profile if the colleges that interest you require it; a college’s website or the list on collegeboard will tell you which schools require this


___Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA on-line at www.fafsa.gov   to apply for financial aid from the Federal Government and the State of Pennsylvania—use 2017 tax returns and information


___Review Scholarships that are listed on Naviance—watch deadlines!.


___Register by OCTOBER 5th for NOVEMBER 3rd SAT or SAT Subject Tests


___OCTOBER 6th—SAT I & SAT Subject Tests at Father Judge


__Utilize OCTOBER 10th & OCTOBER 18th for College Visits/Interviews


___Attend College Fair at Archbishop Ryan on OCTOBER 10th ---7:00-9:00 p.m. and/or at Bishop McDevitt on OCTOBER 11th—7:00-9:00 p.m.


___Attend Philadelphia National College Fair at the PA Convention Center, 13th & Arch, from 11-3pm on OCTOBER 14th




__Register by NOVEMBER 2nd for DECEMBER 1st SAT or SAT Subject Tests


__NOVEMBER 3rd ---SAT I & SAT Subject Tests at Father Judge


___Continue reviewing Scholarships on Naviance & Open House Announcements


___Notify the Guidance Office if you need your 1st quarter grades sent to any schools to which you have already applied.


___Shortly after completing the FASFA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) which you can use to make corrections and/or additions.


___Develop a direct contact at the Financial Aid Office of those schools to which you have been accepted, and periodically check on the status of your financial aid application.





___DECEMBER 1st SAT I & SAT Subject Tests   


___The deadline for your applications mailed before Christmas is DECEMBER 10th.


___Utilize DECEMBER 12th for College Visits/Interviews


___Write Thank-You notes to all teachers and employers who have given you recommendations.





___Notify the Guidance Office if you need your 1st semester grades sent to any schools


___Utilize JANUARY 21st for College Visits/Interviews


___Avoid Senioritis!—All acceptances are contingent on your Final Transcript!


___Finish any Thank-You notes to those who wrote your recommendations.


___Bring in ALL acceptance letters to Guidance.




___Maintain files of acceptances, denials, and financial aid award letters; be sure to bring copies of ALL these to the Guidance Office.


___Make sure that all your financial aid information (the SAR) has been sent to the college or trade school of your choice.


__All Financial Aid Letters, from ALL the schools to which you were accepted, must be turned into Guidance by APRIL 26th to be included in the Scholarship Booklet at Graduation!


___Make your final decision and send in a deposit by the deadline (generally MAY 1st).


___MAY 2nd—Final Transcript Request Forms will be distributed by Guidance


___Notify schools that you will not be attending so they may offer admissions to others.


___Watch for important deadlines at your school of choice (i.e. housing, orientations, etc.).







Congratulations!!  Enjoy your graduation, have a safe and fun summer, and get ready for some of the best years of your life!






FIVE TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE A GREAT SENIOR YEAR                 Futures Magazine


  1. Make up your mind that you are going to have a good Senior Year and let the events of your year unfold.


  1. Make the most of your friendships. Enjoy the quiet moments and the big events with your classmates, and don’t be afraid to expand your social circle.  Appreciate what you have now because soon you and your friends will be moving on with the next part of your lives.


  1. Keep up with your course work. Avoid the temptation to slack off, especially as the year winds down.  Colleges and Trade Schools can rescind their acceptances of students whose grades dip too low.  In addition, your Final Transcript follows you; and if you do not think you need it for next year, you can bet you will be needing it sometime down the road.


  1. Stay involved. Take advantage of every opportunity.  Participate in whatever is offered just so you are able to have those memories.


  1. Get organized. Senior Year is crammed with things to do and places to go, and some of them will be missed if you are not organized.  Use a planner and mark down appointments and activities.  And don’t forget to pencil in some quality time with your family, and some quiet time just for yourself.






___Prepare for the PSAT held on OCTOBER 10th at Father Judge 


___Get involved in extracurricular and community activities.


___Begin talking to parents/guardians about post-high school plans.


___Continue career exploration: use the college & career planning resources on Naviance, utilize the books and computers in Guidance, investigate Big Future & other resources on www.collegeboard.com,  etc


___Request information from the Representatives that set up in the Lunchroom.


___Attend College Fairs:   OCTOBER 10--------College Fair at Archbishop Ryan, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

                                                OCTOBER 11-------College Fair at Bishop McDevitt, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

                                           OCTOBER 14—National College Fair at PA Convention Center,12th &

                                                                             Arch Streets, 11 am-3 pm.      

 ___Begin calling or E-mailing colleges/trade schools to ask for catalogues, information on majors that interest you, and financial aid/scholarship information (web pages are easily found on Naviance.)  Links to searches for colleges and trade schools are available on the Guidance page at www.fatherjudge.com



___Junior Interviews are conducted thru April; you may request your interview by making an appointment in the Guidance Office.


___Prepare to take the SAT—Dates: MARCH 9 at **FJ          Register by FEBRUARY 8th

                                                                MAY 4 at **FJ                   Register by APRIL 5th

                                                               JUNE 1 at **FJ    Register by MAY 3rd

___Choose Senior Courses carefully—check on the requirements of those colleges and trade schools that interest you—Admissions Officers do look at your choice in coursework!  Make sure that you are meeting the NCAA Clearinghouse guidelines if you intend to participate in athletics.


___Attend the Junior Information Night on APRIL 10, 7:00 p.m., at St. Hubert


___Attend any Spring Open Houses & Spring College Fairs-- the Main Line Regional College Fair in Valley Forge is April 8th, 6:30-9:00 p.m.—Take advantage of off days (i.e.  January 21, February 18, March 20, May 30, etc.) to visit colleges or trade schools


___Begin researching possible sources of scholarships (i.e. businesses, private foundations, labor unions, govt. agencies, civic organizations, etc.)—Use the internet and/or resources in Guidance.


___Research summer jobs, volunteer activities, academic programs, college courses, etc.—summer program lists will be posted in Guidance and in your homerooms.


___If you are interested in the Military Academies, you must start this application process now.                                                 


___Keep reviewing for the SATs---read, read, read!  Use your personalized study plan via Khan Academy on www.collegeboard.com   to prepare


___Work on a resume that includes all your extracurricular activities including work experience, clubs, organizations, athletics (school and community), and volunteer/community service—use Naviance!


___Make appointments to visit colleges and trade schools that interest you. Review school applications and the Common Application www.commonapp.org so you are ready to begin applying in the Fall.