Junior College Planning Calendar

Stay on track by following this monthly list.

January

  • Participate in the required, in-school college-planning day, “Jumpstart Your Future”. 
  • Register for your Naviance account and get started on your junior “to do” checklist.

February-March

  • Think about your plans for life after Cretin-Derham Hall. Do your plans involve further education? If so, what are you looking for in a school? (size, location, religious affiliation, academic programs etc.)
  • Discuss your hopes and plans with your parents and significant others in your life.
  • Become familiar with your academic record and with college admission requirements.
  • Attend your Parent/Student Junior Conference with a CDH guidance counselor.  Be sure to complete your “Junior Conference Questionnaire” on your Naviance account prior to your meeting. Bring your questions and make good use of this time.
  • Formulate a “long list” of possible college choices and list these on your Naviance account. Begin researching these schools by contacting admission representatives, visiting web sites and talking to people. Contact the schools that appeal to you and get more information.
  • REGISTER FOR THE ACT THIS SPRING! Be sure to register for and take the appropriate college admission tests at least once this spring!  Information on test registration, deadlines and test preparation is available online at www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.com
  • The ACT has an optional writing test. We are recommending that all our students register to take this writing test as many colleges will require it including the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin Madison. If you do NOT take the writing test and later realize you need it, you will have to take the entire ACT again.
  • Students are responsible for sending test scores to the colleges. When you register for the tests, be sure to have your scores sent to CDH for your permanent record and for advising purposes. Our school code is 242245. You may also indicate on your test registration colleges you would like your scores sent to for free.  If you don't know the colleges you will apply to when you register or you would like to see how you do before you submit your scores, you may have your scores sent later by ACT or College Board for a fee per college. All information on score reports can be found on the ACT or College Board websites.
  • Check to see if any of the schools you are considering require the SAT Subject Tests (one-hour exams in, for example, literature, biology, chemistry, and languages).  If you need to take these exams, plan to take them when the subject matter is still fresh in your mind.

April

  • Attend your Parent/Student Junior Conference with a guidance counselor (continued).
  • Plan some campus visits over spring break.
  • Attend CDH’s Education Fair held every April. Prepare your questions for admission representatives in advance of the event. We usually host over 100 schools.
  • Decide which teachers you would like to ask for recommendations and ask them now if they would be willing to write one for you. Use the “Teacher Letter of Recommendation Request Form” available in the Guidance Office.
  • Students interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, Naval or Air Force Academy should meet with their senator or congressperson to begin the appointment process.
  • Continue to work on developing your preliminary list of schools and list them as prospective college choices on your Naviance account.
  • Continue to gather information on possible school choices.
  • Remember to register for upcoming college admissions testing.

May

  • Organize yourself. Set up a separate folder for each school you are considering.  Keep all data relating to that school in the appropriate folder.
  • Formulate your “short list” of schools. Be sure to plan for “reach”, “target “and “safety” schools according to your academic abilities and the admission criteria of the schools you are considering.
  • Consult with your parents and/or guidance counselor if you have concerns or questions.

Summer Months

  • Continue to evaluate your college list - revise it as necessary.
  • Review college materials and plan to visit colleges.
  • Decide if you want to take the ACT or SAT again in the fall.  Practice testing techniques and review subject areas as necessary.  Register for tests online.
  • Work on a rough draft of any college essays you will be required to write.  Develop your “Activities Resume” to send with your applications.