12th Grade Detailed Timeline
Submit 3 summer opportunity applications found on www.onejump.org that are relevant to your career interests.
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.
Then 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.
Check your child’s grades, and if they are not meeting their goals, then ask them to attend tutorials [Sept.-Dec].
College applications are a long process, so check-in with your child about whether they have filled out the applications, completed the essays, and had their recommendation letters sent to the colleges.
(1) Break down
(2) Has your student decided which colleges they will apply to? Be sure to know the application deadlines for each colleges, because they vary.
(3) What are each college's requirements for the application?
(4) SWAG to College provides essay help (provide link)
(5) Has your students determined who will write their letters of recommendation?
Is your student retaking the SAT or ACT? If so, encourage them to continue studying a little bit each night.
College is expensive, so financial aid is crucial. Prepare the FAFSA, which opens on October 1. The earlier the FAFSA is completed,your student is more likely to receive financial aid before a college’s funds run out. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Some colleges also require the CSS Profile for scholarships. Ask your student to ask his counselor or look online regarding the CSS profile. If it is needed, submit it in October.
File taxes by March 1st so your child will be eligible for scholarships. [March]
Selecting the right college is an important decision; work with your child and his/her college counselor to select the best one. [Jan-April]
College is different than high school. To prepare, consider taking 1 or 2 community college courses in summer. [March-June]
Check your child’s grades, and if they are not meeting their goals, then ask them to attend tutorials. [Jan-June]