This informational map is designed as a guide, resource and checklist to help students make the most of their high school years. More questions? Call your high school counselor.
Freshman / Sophomore Years
The graduation plan is the responsibility of the student Be sure that you are enrolled in the correct courses.
Inform the counselor if you are planning to attend college and that your schedule of classes needs to include college preparatory classes.
Get in the habit of reviewing the admission requirements for the colleges you might consider attending upon graduation (see specific universities on the internet). Make certain your classes and the academic level are consistent with these requirements.
Check clubs/organizations in your schoo1 and community. GET INVOLVED! Colleges look for students who are involved, have a highly developed talent or skill and have attained leadership positions.
Attend Open House with your parents and introduce them to your new teachers and counselor. Attend the district-wide College Night at the Coliseum.
Sign up for the PSAT, if you are a college-bound sophomore.
Visit with the career advisor in the Guidance Office about preparation for college and future careers.
Learn to type, word process and improve your ability to take notes and prepare for exams.
Review literature available on preparing for college entrance exams: PSAT, PLAN, ACT and SAT. As a tenth grader, prepare to take the PLAN, which is a practice ACT college admissions test. Academic tenth graders should sign up for the PSAT, which is a practice SAT college admissions test.
Get in the habit of reading for pleasure each day. Reading will increase your knowledge and will improve your vocabulary.
Read selected books from a college-bound book list. See your librarian or English teacher for a list.
Update or prepare a four year plan.
Have parents attend Parent-Teacher Conference Day.
Strive for academic excellence and regular school attendance, a combination that creates an exemplary academic record.
Read enrollment bulletin for the following year and pre-enroll for next year's classes. The high schools will offer an evening parent/student orientation for freshmen transitioning from the junior high to the high school.
Verify your graduation plan so that it agrees with your classes needed each year.
Discuss courses for next year with your parents.
Begin to research general information on colleges and universities that you are considering.
Explore college costs, financial aid and scholarships from prospective universities so that you will know far in advance of your senior year what is expected of you.
Make plans for summer school, if necessary.
Study for second semester exams.
Take end-of-year Oklahoma CRT tests in English II and U.S. History, starting in 2001; Biology I and Algebra I, starting 2003.Take advantage of summer opportunities: volunteering, academics, athletics, jobs and camps.
If necessary, enroll in summer school--June for first semester and July for second.
Keep adding to your savings account--every little bit helps.
Look for summer enrichment programs held on college campuses. Colleges look for students who use their summers to develop themselves academically and socially.
Keep your writing skills polished.
Read a daily newspaper. Read several books.
Visit college campuses that interest you.
Be sure you are enrolled in the correct courses. The graduation plan is the responsibility of the student. Verify your courses and adjust your schedule accordingly.
Attend the school's Open House and have your parents meet your new teachers and counselor.
Check out clubs and organizations in your school and community. Get involved.
Mark your calendar for the PSAT and ACT or SAT. Register before the deadline. Registration packets for the ACT and SAT are located in the Guidance Office.
Register for PSAT exam preparation classes.
Attend College Night at the Coliseum.
Take the PSAT/NMSQT.
Narrow your selection of college choices to no more than eight.
Begin conversations with your high school counselor on your choice of colleges and careers.
Consult college reference books or information on-line concerning interested colleges.
Request college catalogs, housing information material, scholarship and financial aid information from colleges. Counselors can provide fax. phone, e-mail or address of the specific colleges.
Secure additional information from your counselor, bulletin boards, the internet and conferences with college representatives.
Have parents attend Parent-Teacher Conference Day.
Prepare early for exams.
Talk to someone who is home from college about what college is like, especially if he/she attends a school in which YOU are interested.
Review the PSAT results with your counselor.
If taking the ACT, register for the February or April test date. Consider taking the district ACT prep workshop coinciding with this test. Applications for the test and the prep workshop are in the Guidance Office.
If taking the SAT I or SAT II test, register for the January or March test so that you can take it at Cameron University. Otherwise, you will have to travel out-of-town for the other spring tests.
Continue to work diligently in the classroom to improve your grades.
Participate in the prep course for the ACT.
Take the ACT or SAT I.
Read Enrollment Bulletin and plan your senior schedule. Make sure you know the admissions pre- requisites to the colleges you are considering attending. Be ready when you meet with your counselor for pre-enrollment.
For special needs students who qualify for extra time on tests, register for the April ACT. Only three test dates offer this special testing--October, December and April. You must pick up the correct form from the Guidance Office.
Plan a college/career visit as part of your spring break activities and/or visit with college students who are home for spring break.
Take the SAT I, if needed.
Register for the last ACT or SAT test for the year if necessary.
Inquire about the Early Decision plan offered by some colleges.
Attend college campus visitation programs designed for juniors.
Consult with your English teacher about a summer reading list.
Take the SAT I or SAT II if needed.
Prepare early for term finals of AP exams.
If some courses are recommended for college admissions that you will not be able to take as a senior, see if they are offered in summer school.
Consider concurrent enrollment at Cameron University your senior year if you meet all other graduation and college prerequisites. Pick up the application in the Guidance Office.
Take advantage of summer opportunities (volunteer work, jobs, academic camps, athletic camps).
Take June ACT or SAT test.
Read books during the summer.
Keep up your writing skills by writing letters, stories, poem, etc.
If you have not obtained your college admission applications, write or call for them.
Begin filling out the applications before your busy senior year begins.
Spend extra time preparing a resume and essays that you may need to accompany your applications.
Visit some of the colleges on your list. Contact each admissions office to set up campus tours and appointments with the colleges.
Verify that your class schedule meets graduation requirements as well as college prerequisites.
Schedule your individual/parent conference with your counselor to discuss your plans.
Using the resources in your school's career center in the library and Guidance Office, decide on three or four colleges that interest you. Write, fax, e-mail or call each one for an admission form and information on financial aid, scholarships and housing. Request a catalog and familiarize yourself with the campus information.
Listen to the announcements for scholarship information, visits from college representatives and military recruiters.
Update your autobiography, essays or writing samples that may be required with your college applications.
Prepare your resume for the teachers and your counselor.
Talk to your parents about colleges you are considering and the cost of attending each.
Check out clubs/organizations in your school and community.
Attend Open House and have your parents meet your new teachers and counselor.
Attend the district-wide College Night at the Coliseum.
Visit college campuses, tour the dorms and talk to professors and admissions officers.
Be conscientious in maintaining good grades.
Ask teachers, counselors or other appropriate individuals for a recommendation letter, if required by the college. Give them a copy of your resume and the correct deadline for the letter.
Register for the ACT or SAT I and possibly SAT II. Remember you need your scores for the January/February 1 scholarship deadlines. The December test will be the last scores you will receive before that date.
Sign up for the ACT prep course to get ready for the exam. The district offers ACT prep courses five times a year; applications are in the Guidance Office. Your school library also has books/computer software available for practice.
For special needs students who qualify for extra time on tests, ACT offers three times--October, December and April--as national test dates and sites. See your counselor for the extra form required.
SAT I and SAT II are offered in Lawton at Cameron University three times--November, January and March test dates. For other test dates, you will have to travel out-of-town.
Sign up to see college representatives when they visit your school.
Complete applications for admission for colleges that you are considering.
Request an official transcript from your high school registrar for each college to which you are applying. Allow 24 hours processing time.
Decide on housing. Consult your catalog for housing application procedures. Meet deadlines; housing is in short supply in many places and must be handled through a separate application.
Take the ACT if not taken previously or need to retake.
Register for the December ACT, SAT I or SAT II test if required by the colleges you have chosen.
Remember your grades are important.
Continue to take the SAT I/SAT II, if needed.
Apply for Great Plains Technology Senior Scholarship if you plan on attending vo-tech after high school. Career counselors in the Guidance Office have the applications.
Review your resume for job placement and interview.
Contact personnel departments in local businesses to discuss entry-level positions for high school graduates.
Ask about the opportunity to shadow workers for part of their work day so that you can understand the responsibilities of people in entry level positions.
Ask about opportunities in the military from the recruiters.
Apply for Early Decision, if applicable.
If you have not done so already, finalize your completed college applications and mail them.
Prepare early for first semester exams.
Take the ACT/SAT I if you have not already done so. These scores will be the last ones received to be used on your college scholarship applications due mid-January to February 1.
Talk to someone who is home from college about what college is like.
If you need to update ACT/SAT scores, register for January SAT I or SAT II or for the February ACT at Cameron University.
If you are a special needs student who qualifies for extra time on tests, take the ACT test.
Explore financial aid at your selected colleges.
Pick up the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) form from the Guidance Office and begin completing necessary information. Some information may not be available until W-2 forms are received. Remember you must be accepted for admission to a college in order for them to consider you for financial aid--so apply early.
Send the FAFSA as quickly as possible on or after January 1. This form often takes six weeks for processing. Since financial aid is usually distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, it is important to have this step done early.
Attend the financial aid seminar at Cameron University for extra help in filling out the FAFSA form, if necessary.
Finish and mail any applications for colleges or scholarships by the deadlines.
Continue to work on various scholarship applications. Inform your counselor of any grant, scholarship or financial aid awards you receive.
Respond to college acceptance notices as received.
Be sure to meet your college's deadline for financial aid.
Register for ACT, SAT I or SAT II if needed to update your score. The final special needs ACT with extra time given is April; the final SAT offered in Lawton is March.
Avoid "senioritis"--remember that second term courses and grades are important, too.
Consider admission and financial offers.
Visit with college students who are home for spring break.
Continue applying for local scholarships.
Register for the draft. Men who are 18 or over must prove draft registration to receive federal financial aid for post-secondary training or education.
Register to vote as soon as you turn 18. Voting is your privilege and your responsibility.
If you have not done so already, submit your housing application.
Take SAT, is necessary.
Register for the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Study for your AP exams in early May.
Make a final decision on the college of your choice. Notify all colleges of your decision to accept or decline.
Attend Academic Awards Night at your school.
Take AP exams.
Request final transcript to be sent to the college of your choice. Fill out a request form in the Guidance Office.
Give your counselor a copy of scholarships you have received.
Send thank you notes to scholarship donors and all who wrote letters of recommendation for you.
Register for your college campus summer orientation; meet deadlines.
It is not too late. If you have not completed the college admissions process, you can still be admitted to some colleges.
Attend Awards Assembly.
Attend and enjoy your commencement ceremony--be proud.