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High-School Junior-Year Timetable and Planning Calendar

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by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

The junior year of high school is pivotal. There are numerous decisions that you make during your junior year that can have an impact -- positive or negative -- for years to come. For more details about these five major issues, read our article, The Importance of the High School Junior Year.

 

Here's how your junior year of high school should look, month-by-month.

 

SEPTEMBER
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to confirm your courses for your junior and senior years have the right balance of rigor and challenge to get into a competitive college.
  • If you have not already done so, be sure to be registered for the October PSAT.
  • Step up your involvement in one or two organizations. It's not the number of organizations you belong to, but that you have leadership experience that matters the most.
  • Begin keeping track of your community service activities and hours.
  • Start collecting materials for your portfolio and begin identifying accomplishments and achievements you will list on your resume.

 

OCTOBER
  • Take the PSAT.
  • Talk with teachers, family members, and other adults you respect about the colleges they attended.
  • Begin the career exploration process with some assessment tests.

 

NOVEMBER
  • Keep your focus on your grades. You'll want your grades for this entire junior year to be as strong as possible.
  • Continue your research in potential colleges and careers.
  • Continue gathering materials for your resume and portfolio.

 

DECEMBER
  • Once you receive your PSAT scores, make plans for how to maximize the good and plan to improve the rest.
  • Look ahead to the spring and summer and begin mapping out the dates for your other standardized tests: AP Placement Exams, ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

JANUARY
  • Continue your research on potential colleges and careers.
  • Consider asking to job shadow one or more people you know to learn more about those careers firsthand.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

FEBRUARY
  • Schedule meeting with your guidance counselor to discuss possible college choices.
  • Begin to focus on the key 10 to 15 colleges that are a good fit (based on your academics and career choice).
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

MARCH
  • Develop (if you haven't already) a file for each of the schools on your list.
  • Start learning about scholarships and grants.
  • Brainstorm and research rewarding summer jobs, internships, or scholarship opportunities.
  • Stay focused on grades.

 

APRIL
  • Work with your guidance counselor to assure a challenging senior year of courses.
  • Register for the May and/or June SAT tests.
  • Consider visiting some of the colleges on your list.
  • Begin identifying teachers who may be willing to write recommendations letters for you.
  • Begin reviewing for SAT.

 

MAY
  • Take AP Placement Exams if you have taken AP courses.
  • Firm up your summer plans, including visits to other colleges on your list.
  • Push yourself hard to end the year with solid grades.

 

JUNE
  • Take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
  • Continue contemplating various careers and colleges.
  • Be sure to get the most out of your summer vacation.
  • Ask for summer reading lists.
  • Visit colleges.

 

JULY

 


 

Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.

 

QuintCareers.com Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 


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