High School To Do List

Freshman Year

  • Investigate graduation requirements and future plans.
  • Complete seven hours of community service.
  • Join an athletics team or extracurricular club.
  • Earn at least five credits.

Sophomore Year

  • Get working papers.
  • Attend BOCES information assembly.
  • Earn at least ten credits.
  • Learn how to use Career Cruising and create a portfolio.
  • Start thinking about what you would like to do after high school. Explore with your counselor what coursework agrees with your future plans.
  • Complete fourteen hours of community service.
  • Join an athletics team or extracurricular club.
  • Update your Career Cruising portfolio and complete the Career Matchmaker.

Junior Year

  • Take PSAT in October-sign up in the counseling office.
  • Take at least one AP or college course.
  • Take SAT or ACT.
  • Memorize your social security number.
  • Update your Career Cruising portfolio and complete a college search.
  • Narrow down choices for colleges/universities (about 5).
  • Start going on college visits during fall and spring break.
  • Join an athletics team or extracurricular club.
  • Investigate and plan for scholarship opportunities.
  • Complete a resume.
  • Review finances and think ahead to financial aid and scholarship possibilities.
  • Earn 16 credits.
  • Complete twenty-one hours of community service.

Senior Year

  • Complete college essays. Get them edited by a teacher.
  • Take at least one AP or college course.
  • Retake SAT or ACT (if score was not high enough) in fall.
  • Apply for the FAFSA beginning on October 1st.
  • Ask your counselor and teachers for recommendation letters early.
  • Allow your teachers and counselors enough time for your deadlines.
  • Meet with College Reps.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night in the fall (usually October).
  • Turn in all college applications by December 1st.
  • Investigate and apply for scholarships.
  • Complete the Class Night packet in February.
  • Verify that you have met your high school graduation requirements.
  • Turn in thirty hours of Community Service by June 1st.