1. Continue to work diligently and do well in school. Give your academic work very serious attention. Remember that in the case of most colleges, your admissions application will be judged primarily on the grades you have earned during your first three years of high school (most seniors apply during the first semester of senior year).
2. Attend some of the college information sessions when the official college and university reps come to TCPS.
3. Get involved in meaningful activities. Extra-curricular activities at all levels offer you many possibilities for personal growth;
4. Meet with your Guidance Counselor, or the principal, or the Director of Curriculum on a regular basis. Take the initiative. Your school administrators want to meet with you.
6. It is critical that you take the “best” course schedule in senior year. The Director of Curriculum will meet with you in April/May to plan the scheduling of your senior courses.
7. If you think either the ROTC or the U.S. Service Academies are in your future (and right for you), you need to start this process in the spring of your junior year. Notify your Guidance Counselor who can help you with this procedure.
8. Plan to take the SAT I in March or April, May or June. Plan to take the American College Test (ACT) in either April or June. Consult with your Guidance Counselor on whether to take SAT II Subject Matter Tests (May or June) in areas such as Math I or Math II, English Composition, Foreign Languages, Biology, etc. In all of these matters, consult with your Guidance Counselor for appropriate tests to take and when to take them.
9. Seek out a maximum of three recommendations from some of your former and/or current teachers, employers, moderators, etc.
10. Visit colleges/universities whenever possible.
11. Write to colleges and universities asking them to send you admissions material, financial aid and scholarship information, etc.; and,
12. Remember! All applications to any college or university or scholarship program begin at the start of the senior year – NOT before. The only exceptions are the admissions procedures to the ROTC scholarship programs and the U.S. Service Academies.