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    Mrs. Delzer and Mrs. Hake are now meeting with each senior for their senior status meeting.  Students can schedule their appointment on - all appointments should be finished by the end of October.



    Genesee Community College ACE Registration forms are due to GCC by October 7th, 2020 (all forms must be received in the office by October 7th).  Your tuition could be doubled if you do not follow the instructions:




    Registration Instructions for Erie County Residents 


    If you have questions, please contact the GCC ACE office at 585-345-6802 or email GCC at





    Grade 8

    • do your best in Regents courses because they will appear on your HS transcript that gets sent to colleges
    • meet with your counselor about the transition to HS

    Grade 9

    • welcome to HS! Start strong academically: every grade counts toward your Grade Point Average.
    • don't fall behind academically: HS moves faster than middle school. You'll need more self-discipline and better time management.
    • get involved in activities like sports, arts, community service, or social events to meet others with similar interests
    • meet with your counselor to discuss course selection for sophomore year and college/career plans

    Grade 10

    • take the most rigorous courses that are appropriate for you. Keep your grades up.
    • stay involved in a variety of activities
    • meet with your counselor to discuss course selection for junior year and college/career plans

     Grade 11

    • keep your grades up while taking challenging courses
    • plan to attend the Financial Aid night with your parents (summer/fall)
    • attend the WNY College Consortium at school in October
    • take the PSAT/NMSQT in October
    • meet with your counselor when PSAT scores arrive in December
    • create a College Board account and link your scores to Khan Academy for free test prep
    • take free full-length practice tests available for SAT or ACT. Time yourself through each test and check your answers
    • consider signing up for a test prep course
    • consider what you are looking for in a college: major? location - local or out of town? size - small, medium, large? setting- urban, suburban, rural? price?
    • plan senior year course selection
    • register to take a spring ACT and/or SAT
    • plan to attend the National College Fair at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in March
    • prospective college student athletes (Division 1 or 2) should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
    • create a resume to list your qualifications (academics, awards, athletics, activities, service, employment, etc.)
    • meet with your counselor to discuss college plans and which application system to use, review grades and test scores to identify realistic options
    • create your account on Common Application (if that is the application system you are using)
    • visit campuses with your parents
    • apply for summer employment, community service, camps, or pre-college programs
    • finish strong to maximize your cumulative three-year average


    • AP scores arrive in July
    • continue visiting campuses with your parents
    • continue working on your section 1 of Common App; start section 2 after August 1st
    • register to retake fall ACT and/or SAT
    • consider taking a test prep class
    • be aware of application deadlines for your colleges

    Grade 12

    • meet with college representatives in your school's counseling office
    • attend financial aid night with your parents (summer/fall)
    • attend the WNY College Consortium at school in October
    • sign up for fall college fairs and campus open house events
    • ask teachers for letters of recommendation; email your counselor and teachers through your Common App
    • if not using Common App, contact your counselor to request official transcripts
    • update your resume; use it to facilitate completion of your college applications, be sure to meet all deadlines
    • with your parents, submit FAFSA beginning October 1st. Submit CSS Profile if necessary
    • create account on scholarship search sites; apply for local scholarships
    • meet with your counselor in the fall for your senior status meeting
    • continue to meet with your counselor as needed throughout the process
    • review all acceptance and award packages with your family, ask your counselor for assistance if necessary
    • National Candidates' Reply Date is May 1. Pay one deposit; thank other schools that accepted you.
    • formally accept your financial aid offer and complete other campus-specific aid documents
    • finish strong academically: colleges will see your final transcript
    • stay in touch with your college to meet their deadlines regarding: admissions, financial aid, housing, meal plans, parking, health, academic advising, athletics, and orientation
    • Congratulations!
































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