11th Grade Detailed Timeline
11th grade is where college preparation is put into action. You student will begin to consider colleges to apply to , and begin taking the SAT/ACT. Getting off to a fast start will benefit your student for the whole year, and colleges will notice. Work with your child to set goals for each class and write them down.
Your student’s teachers can help you get into college with scholarships by writing about her/him. Tell students to develop relationships with teachers.
Update goals after getting the grades on the 1st report card. Were they too high; too low; or just right? If grades are low, students must ask teachers to make a plan to be more successful.
Is your student highly motivated? Does s/he want to take a college course this summer? If so, and you want financial aid, prepare the FAFSA, which opens on October 1. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Remind student to study for PSAT and SAT or ACT. Is your student using Khan Academy to do this? SAT: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat ACT: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html
Talk to your college counselor and your mentor about the SAT and the ACT. Study and register for the test that is best for you. Register for SAT: https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login?idp=ECL&appId=115&affiliateId=arusattt&bannerId=satreg&DURL=https%3A//nsat.collegeboard.org/satweb/login.jsp Register for ACT: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html
College fairs are great to attend with your student to explore college options! Will your student’s High School have a College Fair? Now that you have thought about which colleges interest you, get in touch with a representative at these schools, and prepare to attend a College Fair with your student. Talk to your college counselor and your mentor about this.
File taxes by March 1st so your child will be eligible for scholarships [March]. You will use this information at the end of September too.
Work with your child to apply for summer opportunities. [Feb.-April]
Remind student to re-take SAT or ACT [Jan.-March] Check your child’s scores and determine which one to re-take. Your child should refer to the list of colleges they are applying to and see if their SAT/ACT scores meet the requirements for enrollment If you students is unsure, ask their SWAG mentor.
Check your child’s grades, and if they are not meeting their goals, then ask them to attend tutorials. [Jan-June]
Identify Summer Opportunities and make plan to meet Application/Registration Deadlines.
Build relationships with college representative. [Jan-June]
Ask your child if they have 2 teachers in mind to write recommendation letters.
Are you interested in taking a College Course this summer? Ask your college counselor and/or mentor about this.
Remind child to ask 2 teachers for rec letters.
Doing College Applications well takes a long time. Complete the Common Application, which can be used at more than 600 colleges, this summer. https://www.commonapp.org/