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Eleventh Grade

Fall To Dos:
  • Check Your CSS Email Daily - vital information about the college process will be sent to you via email! Both students and parents should have a working CSS email account. Contact Parent Coordinator Isis Ramos for help.
  • Keep Your Grades Up! Junior year is the most important year in terms of grades and the last year that is included in the GPA sent to colleges. Grades you earn this year should show your growth.  
  • Develop strong relationships with your junior year teachers, as these are likely to be the people writing your teacher recommendations.
  • Attend the CSS Junior Information Session in October. 
  • Attend College Rep Visits at CSS
  • Attend College Fairs
  • Explore Colleges Through Visits & Events on Campus
  • Take SAT and ACT practice tests (ideally in the summer before junior year)
  • Make a Testing Plan & Sign Up for the SAT/ACT
  • Identify an SAT/ACT prep program
  • Take your first standardized test (ACT or SAT) in December
  • Continue with extracurricular activities and passions
  • Visit workplaces you may be interested in or participate in job shadowing opportunities
  • Apply for internships or other hands-on work-based opportunities
  • Apply for college class through College Now (CUNY) or Columbia University
  • Have a conversation about family finances, and how much money is available for college
  • If eligible, consider taking a college class at CU or CUNY (talk to one of the college counselors about what makes sense).
  • Pursue meaningful summer opportunities
 
NOTE: You will be going on a whole-grade college trip to two institutions, one private and one public, outside of the city in November. Make sure to get your permission slip in on time! In March on the day of parent-teacher conferences, you will participate in career panels.
 
Spring To Dos:
  • Check Your CSS Email Daily - vital information about the college process and not to be missed opportunities will be sent to you via email! Both students and parents should have a working CSS email account. Contact Parent Coordinator Isis Ramos for help.
  • Attend Junior Family College Night in February. All juniors and at least one adult family member must attend. Hear from admissions reps and college counselors about the intense process ahead.
  • Attend your assigned weekly junior college club once per week from 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. from March through June.
  • Continue to keep your grades up! 2nd semester junior year should be year strongest ever.
  • Develop excellent relationships with your junior year teachers, as these are the people writing your teacher recommendations.
  • Explore colleges by attending college fairs, on campus tours, or other events
  • MEET ALL COLLEGE OFFICE DEADLINES
  • Apply for internships or other hands-on work-based opportunities
  • Apply for college class through College Now (CUNY) or Columbia University
  • Continue with SAT/ACT Preparation
  • Take the in-school SAT in the spring (CSS will register all students for this in-school administration. There is no cost for this SAT).
  • Consider taking another SAT or ACT in May or June
  • Create working college list of 15-20 colleges (in College Club)
  • Begin writing college essay (in College Club)
  • Complete teacher and counselor recommendation request forms
  • Complete resume
  • Have a conversation about family finances, and how much money is available for college, and determine eligibility for opportunity programs
  • Make sure that appropriate financial documentation is ready (for the class of 2021, financial documentation from the year 2019 is necessary
  • Beginning in April, have an individual college meetings with your assigned counselor
  • Beginning in May, have a family meeting or phone call with assigned counselor 
  • If eligible, apply for “fly out” programs to visit colleges