student with USAFA acceptance

AT THE HALFWAY MARK

The last two years of high school fly by and there is no time to waste when it comes to college admissions.   While timelines often vary from person to person, the two we've outlined below help keep our students on track.  

students showing off class rings

 

WELCOME TO JUNIOR YEAR!

It’s one of the most important years in your high school career and often the most challenging.  Your grades are especially important as those are the ones colleges will be looking at when considering you for admissions.

In addition to maintaining excellent grades, you should also be researching colleges on the web, by attending college fairs, visiting schools that interest you, and speaking with admissions representatives when they are on campus.

Finally, you will also be preparing for and taking any necessary standardized tests.

The following is a timeline designed to help you stay on track.

September

  • Sign up for college representative virtual visits through Naviance Family Connection. Once logged on, click on “Colleges.”  Look at the top right corner to view “Upcoming College Visits,” click to view the list and to register.
  • Visit the Guidance office with any questions you may have.

October/November

  • Attend the Junior Parent Meeting
  • The PSAT will be administered at OLMA during school hours in October. These scores are used to determine semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Awards.  Prep books are available in the Guidance office.
  • Continue to sign up for college representative virtual visits Naviance.
  • Prepare for SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests by purchasing prep books.  You may also borrow these from the Guidance office.

December

  • It is recommended that juniors take the SAT and/or ACT test twice during junior year. Students are advised to take exams in the winter and again in the spring.   Register online HERE for the SAT test and HERE for the ACT test.
  • Consider taking a test Prep class.
  • Register for the tests early to avoid late fees and to ensure a spot at your local high school. Remember to include our high school code (310996) so OLMA will receive a copy of your scores.

January/February

  • Weekly Guidance classes begin.

March/April

  • Decide whether you need to take SAT Subject Tests.
  • Students will work with the Guidance counselor to develop a resume, research careers and develop a list of 10 colleges that interest you.
  • Begin working on the common application by completing the sections on general information about you and your family.  You can find the app HERE
  • Spring break in April is a great time to visit as many schools as possible; they will be in session while we are off.
olma student signs letter of intent
moving up day

 

WELCOME TO SENIOR YEAR!

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!  Believe it or not, you are in your final year of high school.  On the Guidance front, there’s a lot to do.  Below is a timeline to help keep you on track:

September

  • Attend the Senior Parent Meeting.
  • Guidance classes meet weekly.
  • If you need to improve your test scores, prepare for these tests now and register to take them soon.  All testing should be completed by December.
  • Register online HERE for the SAT test and HERE for the ACT test.
  • Register for the tests early to avoid late fees and to ensure a spot at your local high school. Remember to include our high school code (310996) so OLMA will receive a copy of your scores.
  • Continue working on the Common App found  HERE

October/November

  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop .
  • Retake the SAT or ACT as needed.  
  • Schedule a visit with your Guidance Counselor.  Bring a list of schools that you’ve researched and seem to be a good fit.  They should represent a range of selectivity.
  • The FAFSA opens on October 1.   Complete it HERE as soon as possible.
  • Determine if you need additional letters of recommendation and who you will ask to write them.
  •  Sign up in the Guidance office for Instant Decision and College Interview Day
  • Send SAT/ACT scores directly to colleges.
  • Continue visiting colleges.
  • Prospective college athletes should register with NCAA and forward transcripts.
  • Complete all applications.
  • Early action deadlines for most schools will fall during these months.

December

  • Regular decision deadlines for schools will begin during this time. Make sure you keep track of all application deadlines.

January/February

  • Update your Naviance accounts whenever you receive acceptance letters and make admissions decisions.
  • Make sure to inform your counselor of all financial aid and scholarship offers.
  • Mid-year reports and transcripts go out to all schools you are still considering. Let your counselor know where to send these reports.
  • Some schools require the CSS-Financial Aid Profile to be completed on College Board.  See individual school websites to find out if this is needed.

March/April

  • By now you should have heard from most, if not all, of the schools to which you  have applied.   Take this time to really compare the schools you are considering and make an informed decision about where you will spend the next four years.

May

  • Once you’ve sent a deposit to the school you plan to attend, ask your Guidance Counselor to forward your transcript.