Seniors, in addition to your list below, if you haven't performed the actions listed for juniors, do them now! In addition to the information found here, be sure to read the Post-Secondary section of this site.
- Do another Credit Check to be sure you'll graduate on time!
- Touch base with your junior teacher about writing your recommendation letter; thank him/her again!
- Link your Common App account with Naviance, if needed.
- Sign your 'Class Rank on Transcript Request' form by October 14 and turn it in to the Registrar.
- Continue working hard in all of your classes - some schools will request a Mid-Year Report to ensure you still meet their standards!
- You can fill out your FAFSA online as early as October 1, if you'll need any type of financial aid for college. Most colleges and scholarship organizations need the Student Aid Report from FAFSA to award grants, loans and scholarships.
- Start looking for private scholarships, even if you're not certain which college you will attend. Visit the Scholarships section of this website or Naviance, or stop AD-102 for help, if needed.
- If you haven't decided on a school, continue attending college rep visits at MHS, visiting colleges, and performing college match searches in Naviance. Go to the SBISD College Night at Spring Woods. Be sure to know your college's application deadlines!
- Males need to register with the Selective Service at www.sss.gov once they reach 18 years of age.
- Get your meningitis vaccine as it is required for college entrance.
JUNIORS, NOT SURE HOW TO START THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS? USE THIS TIMELINE AS A GUIDE!
WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE SPORTS?
If you are considering playing athletics in college, you must start the process as a junior. You must follow through with your coaches and the universities/colleges.
VISITING COLLEGES? HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO ASK WHILE VISITING!
General Questions to Ask While Visiting a Campus
Questions to Ask an Admissions Officer
FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORE TIMELINE
- Refer to the MHS Counselor's Website frequently.
- Freshmen will take the EOC STAAR test in the spring for English I, Biology, and Algebra I, if you are taking Algebra I.
- Sophomores will take the EOC STAAR test for English II.
- Sophomores in PreAP Chemistry I who are doing well might consider taking the SAT Chemistry Subject Test in May - UNLESS you are going directly into Chemistry II AP next year; then you should wait to take the test in May after taking the course.
- Sophomores who are doing well in World History AP should take the SAT World History Subject Test in June. This is different from the World History AP exam you will take in MAY! Go to the College Board website and review the practice questions to help with your decision, and register.
- Sophomores, if you are interested in attending a military academy (i.e. West Point, Naval Academy), begin the application process now. Nominations from state and federal officials are required.
- Use your PSAT results to help prepare for the PSAT as a junior.
- What is the best way to prepare for the SAT and ACT?
- Evaluate your courses for college entrance. If appropriate, consider taking dual credit and/or Advanced Placement (AP) courses as a junior. Refer to teacher and counselor recommendations, current grades, personal schedule, and PSAT scores when making your decision.
- Attend college fairs. Ask colleges about the entrance requirements.
- Begin visiting colleges. You will get an ideas of the size and type of school you prefer. Some college keep track of how many times you make a formal visit to admissions, departments, and events.
- Store important forms (PSAT, SAT/ACT, STAAR results, report cards, etc.) in an accessible place.
- Memorize your Social Security number.
- Participate in extracurricular/volunteer activities and seek leadership positions. Colleges prefer to see depth of involvement and leadership in a few organizations rather than many organization with superficial participation.
- Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, MySpace and the internet: BE SAFE! Watch what you "say and portray" - Some colleges and employers do check!
- Do not overload your life and schedule. Establish a balance of academics, extracurricular activities, community service and personal time.
- Make good choices. You are responsible for your own actions!
- Maintain or improve grades, attendance, character, discipline, and leadership.
- Check the Resources page for websites to help assist with your "High School to College" process.