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DCPS Post Secondary Readiness Milestones

Ninth Grade
-Attend 9th grade orientation for students and parents. -Interested in a service academy? If yes, request a pre-
-Explore career and college opportunities on candidate questionnaire from the service academy.
www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org -Keep up participation in school activities and volunteer
-Students with disabilities need to check with their efforts.
counselor about applying for test accommodations on -Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and
PSAT, SAT, and AP exams- July www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-
www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html college.
and ACT:www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/ -Turn community service hours form in to your school
-Register for the PSAT at your school. counseling office to enter into the system.
-Take the PSAT in October. -Meet with your counselor to develop next year’s schedule.
-Attend the NACAC College Fair at Prime Osborne in -Attend a parent/student/counselor conference to develop
October as well as other college and career fairs in the postsecondary plans.
area. -Apply for ACT/SAT/AP test accommodations if you are
-Review your PSAT score report with your parents eligible (specific deadlines and requirements apply).
(Dec/Jan). -Look for a job, internship or volunteer position to help
-Sign on to My Score Reports after receiving your PSAT you learn about your field of interest.
scores. -Put aside money for college or other postsecondary.
-Meet with your counselor to develop next year’s schedule,
review postsecondary plans, and review your 4-year plan. Eleventh Grade
Check on prerequisites for advanced level junior and
senior courses. FALL
-Participate in and track extracurricular activities: sports, - Make a list of your abilities, social/cultural preferences
clubs, and community service (required for Bright Futures and personal qualities. List things you may want to study
scholarships). or do after high school.
-Turn community service hours form in to your school -Explore career and college opportunities on
counseling office to enter into the system. www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
-Start thinking about life after high school, talk to people -Make a file to manage your postsecondary plans search,
about careers you might find interesting. testing, and application information.
-Look for a summer job, internship or volunteer position to -Register for PSAT at your school.
help you learn about your field of interest. -Take the PSAT in October.
-Put aside money for college or other postsecondary plans. -Participate in test prep for ACT/SAT.
-Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and -If interested in going into the military make sure you talk
July www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for- to a recruiter and take the Armed Forces Vocational
college. Aptitude battery (ASVAB).
-Monitor your grades, transcripts, etc, on Focus EVERY -Contact your counselor about eligibility for ACT/SAT fee
year. waivers (free and reduced lunch as well as several other
criteria).
Tenth Grade - Register for ACT and/or SAT for the spring (check
current costs on website or in school counseling office)
-Explore career and college opportunities on www.act.org, www.collegeboard.com Make sure to use
www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org your school code so results come to your school!
-Take the PSAT in October. -Ask your school counselor about taking the SAT Subject
-Attend the NACAC College Fair at Prime Osborne in Area Tests.
October as well as other college and career fairs in the WINTER
area. -Review your PSAT score report with your parents
-Review your PSAT score report with your parents (Dec/Jan).
(Dec/Jan). -Sign on to My Score Reports after receiving your PSAT
-Sign on to My Score Report after receiving your PSAT scores.
scores. -Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and
-Research available test prep for ACT/SAT. July www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-
-Take the PERT if you are interested in Dual Enrollment college.
classes your junior year. SPRING
-Apply for Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible). -Take the ACT and/or SAT (tests are on various Saturdays
-Visit at least 3 college or other postsecondary websites to Sept-June).
review programs, admissions requirements, freshman -Take the PERT for postsecondary readiness.
profile, costs, and AP equivalents. -Apply for Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible).
-Begin your search for financial aid sources: on the district about who you will ask to write the recommendation-
website, in your school counseling office, on college and preferably someone who KNOWS you and LIKES you).
university websites, and on various scholarship websites. -If you are submitting essays, write the first draft and ask
-Scan local newspapers to see which civic, cultural and teachers and others to review them.
service organizations in your area award financial aid to -If you did not have your scores sent to the colleges you
graduating seniors. Start a file. are applying to contact, College Board and ACT to have
-Develop a list of 10-15 colleges or other postsecondary scores sent.
opportunities that attract you. Request view books and -Attend credit check meeting with counselor to review
information about financial aid and academic programs graduation status and postsecondary plans (September)
that interest you. -Register for the ACT and/or SAT if higher scores are
- Visit colleges you might be interested in. If you are needed (check current costs on website or in school
considering a service academy or ROTC scholarships, counseling office) www.act.org, www.collegeboard.com
contact your counselor before leaving school for the -Take the ACT and/or SAT if needed (tests are on various
summer. If you want a four-year ROTC scholarship, you Saturdays Sept-June).
should begin the application process the summer before -Complete and submit college admissions applications (if
your senior year. eligible for test waivers may be eligible for fee waivers-
-Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in March and check with counselor)
July. -complete scholarship applications
-Meet with your counselor to develop next year’s schedule, OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
progress towards graduation requirements, and review -Apply for spring Dual Enrollment courses (if eligible).
postsecondary plans. -Complete the online Florida Financial Aid Application for
-If you are an athlete planning to play sports in college, Bright Futures (beginning October 1).
register with the NCAA Eligibility Center -Turn community service hour forms in to your school
www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. counseling office to make sure they are in the system for
-Turn community service hours forms in to your school the 7th semester Bright Futures evaluation.
counseling office so they can be entered in the system and -Attend a Financial Aid Night at a school for parents and
sent to Bright Futures in the summer. students (Oct/Nov/Dec).
-Check YOUR Bright Futures eligibility online in March and -Attend a BEACON financial aid session for seniors at your
July www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for- school (Oct/Nov/Dec.).
college . -Apply for a PIN for the Free Application for Federal
SUMMER Student Aid (FAFSA) (for student and parent).
-Create a resume of your accomplishments, activities and -Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
work experience since you started high school. (FAFSA) opens October 1.
-Download applications (or request paper copies) from -Go online to check Bright Futures status in late February
colleges to which you will apply. Check application dates- and July.
large universities may have early dates or rolling SPRING
admissions. -Review financial aid packages generated by your FAFSA.
-Put aside money for college or other postsecondary plans. - If you plan to compete in athletics in college make sure
you have submitted the fees and final transcript to the
Twelfth Grade NCAA Eligibility Center www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
-Check your Bright Futures eligibility online in
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER- Marchwww.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-
Narrow your list of postsecondary options. Download college.
college applications and financial aid forms. SUMMER
-Create a master list or calendar that includes: -Have final transcript sent to college, NCAA.
 tests you will take and their fees, dates and -Check 8th semester Bright Futures evaluation. Make sure
registration timelines the college you plan to attend is listed on the application.
 college application due dates, fees -Check YOUR Bright Futures eligibility online in July
 financial aid application forms required and their www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-college.
deadlines (aid applications may be due before
college applications) Class Rank ________
 other materials you will need such as State GPA (unweighted) _______
recommendations and transcripts District GPA (weighted) _______
 your high schools application processing Bright Futures GPA (found only at
deadlines (how far in advance do you need to www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-college )
request transcripts, recommendations) _______
-Ask for recommendations at least two weeks in advance SAT Scores___________________________________
well of your deadline. Make sure to provide a profile of _________________________________________________
information about you, your goals, interests and ACT Scores___________________________________
accomplishments for the recommendation writer. (Think PERT__________________________________________