COLLEGE PLANNING TIMELINE

What we provide:

  • Utilize Naviance to connect students' interests, strengths, skills and abilities to potential career paths.

  • Classroom presentations to provide knowledge and resources regarding career research.

  • Use of Naviance to create a career portfolio.

  • Working with classroom teachers to provide education on career topics using the Naviance and OnTrack programs.

  • Individual student meetings to help encourage career exploration.

 

FRESHMEN and SOPHOMORES

  • Work hard! Freshman and sophomore grades are included on your transcript that colleges see to determine your acceptance in senior year. Work hard now and see the benefits later.

  • Start to create a resume. Many colleges are encouraging students to submit a general resume along with your transcript during the application process. It doesn’t have to be fancy but a something that allows you to express your accomplishments to a college. Also, it’s easy to forget all the things that you did way back when you were only a freshman.

  • Do something. Become part of something and make the most of your high school experience. Join the band or chorus, play a sport, flex your academic muscles in Science Olympiad or PML, do Community Service...whatever you like or are interested in, get Involved. Try it, you’ll like it!     

  • Take PSATs. Luckily for you, at ACCHS we pay for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors to take the PSAT every October. It’s great practice for the SATs and all you have to do is show up that day at school and take the test. It’s that easy!

 

JUNIORS

  • Keep working hard. Your junior year grades will be the most recent grades that colleges will see when making decisions on your acceptance.

  • Prepare for testing. Many students do not do well when it comes to standardized testing (SAT/ACT). There are many ways to prepare; for some it might be as simple as reading a prep book and taking a few practice tests for others you may want to try taking a prep course. Stop by the Counseling Office to see what’s available.

  • Register and take the tests. The CollegeBoard recommends students take the SATs in the spring of their junior year and at least once in their senior year. Check with schools you are applying to and see if taking the SAT Subject needs to be taken. It is the recommendation of the Counseling Office that every student also take the ACT once in December of your senior year.

  • Meet with your counselor. Mr. Rice, Mr. Garza, Mrs. Zellner-Reilly and Ms. Gehris are always willing to help.

  • Visit colleges. During the summer before junior year, visit a few colleges that may be of interest to you. Base your list on variety to help you decide what you are really looking for in a college (size, location, majors etc). Remember: most colleges will be quiet during the summer. Look out for junior open houses at colleges during the school year or for college fairs in the area. Schedule to meet with a college admissions rep. during the school year when they visit ACCHS.

  • Visit colleges AGAIN. In the summer before senior year, visit the schools again that you are now targeting.

  • Develop a list of colleges. It is recommended that you research to 8-10 schools. Applying to too many schools can make your decision too difficult; applying to too little schools can limit your choices. Try this method: 2 Reach School, 5 Realistic Schools and 3 Safety Schools.

  • Meet with Mr. Garza. During the summer, set up an appointment with Mr. Garza to discuss your college thoughts.  

 

SENIORS

  • WORK HARD!!! College admissions offices will many times ask for 1st quarter or 1st semester grades to be sent to help them make an acceptance decision. If they are requested, this could be make or break time. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking senior grades don’t mean anything.

  • Redefine your list of colleges. You now have seen 8-10 schools — now narrow that list down to 4-6 schools.

  • Visit the colleges one more time. Many colleges hold open houses in the fall of senior year with opportunities to stay overnight, sit in on classes or meet with admissions reps.

  • Take tests. Take the SATs in October and ACTs in December.

  • Update your transcript. Before requesting transcripts, stop by the Counseling Office and meet with Mr. Garza to update your transcript.

  • Finalize your resume. Once you have your finalized resume, give a copy to Mr. Garza to be kept in your records as part of your transcript.

  • Ask teachers for recommendations. Teachers are happy to write recommendations for students, but give them time to write them. Also, give them a copy of your resume to use a reference. Choose teachers who you have a good relationship with, not just teachers who you think are good or tough. Admissions offices want to hear about how you are in class as well as how you interact with your teachers.

  • Work on your essays. Ask teachers or Mr. Garza to read over your essays and give their thoughts on what you have written.

  • Meet with Admissions Reps. During the fall of senior year, many colleges set up times to come to ACCHS and meet with students. Take advantage of these times and sign up in the Counseling Office.

  • Apply early. Many colleges have early action (non-binding) and early decision (binding) deadlines. However, it is recommended that you apply to all schools before Thanksgiving. Apply online if possible. It’s easier and sometimes less expensive. Many colleges use the Common Application. It is recommended to use the Common Application when applying to any colleges that accept it.

  • Apply for financial aid: Apply online for financial aid with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available after October 1st during your senior year.

  • Notify the Guidance Office of acceptances.

  • Notify the Guidance Office of any scholarships/grants you have been offered.

  • Notify the Guidance Office of the school you choose to attend. The Guidance Office needs to know where to send your final transcripts after graduation. Final transcripts are mailed to schools the last week of June.

 

Support Information for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD
Please visit the College Academic Support website, a resource for high school students and college students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning challenges. It is also intended to provide resources to help students prepare for the transition from high school to college.

ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE HEART OF ALLENTOWN SINCE 1926