Guidance News




    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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