College Timetable

9th and 10th Grade 
  • strive to achieve your potential in all of your classes; set clear and specific academic goals. All grades from 9th and 10th grade on appear on St. Andrew’s transcripts (and are over ½ of your high school record at the time at which you are applying to colleges!) so pay attention and make sure you are doing your best work! 
  • maintain good attendance and citizenship - try out different extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, a job, etc…). Think about which ones you want to devote more time to in the future. By your sophomore year, be working towards a leadership role in one or two. 
  • keep a file of outstanding school work, awards received, and other materials that document your success (both in and out of school). Use these to start making a resumé 
  • think of it as a list of your activities, any awards received, any other things are notable (summer activities, jobs, etc…) 
  • take the PSAT in October of your 10th grade year (the school signs you up and administers it) 
  • take the SAT Subject Tests in May or June where appropriate and when advised to do so by your teachers and counselors (this is more common for juniors, but occasionally a 9th or 10th grader will be ready…your teacher will suggest it if this is the case) 
  • at the end of your sophomore year, evaluate your plan for your junior year and make sure that the choices that you make for courses will keep you on track for your academic goals 
  • choose interesting summer activities (i.e. academic programs, service projects, jobs, athletic opportunities, etc…); you might want to include college visits as a part of any summer travel plans

11th Grade
  • challenge yourself with AP courses where appropriate 
  • maintain good attendance, grades, citizenship (remember, these grades still appear on your transcript!) 
  • Standardized Tests 
  • take the PSAT at school in October (already registered by school!) 
  • take the SAT OR the ACT in the late winter or early spring (or sooner if you’ve done a prep course at another time, i.e. during the summer) o take 2-3 SAT Subject Tests in May or June (consult your sr. advisor) 
  • take AP Exams in May in courses where appropriate levels have been mastered 
  • continue to involve yourself in extracurricular activities and leadership roles in one or two (NOTE: a job is included in this category) - maintain your file of achievements and your resume 
  • attend college fairs and/or write or call colleges on your list of interest and begin reviewing their materials - visit 2-3 colleges during the jr. year or in the summer immediately before or after; call ahead to schedule visits (find out about times for tours/information sessions) - meet with Ms. Guice or Mr. Fulton to discuss your college plan (late fall/winter) 
  • attend College Night (in late January/early February of 11th grade) 
  • meet with your college counselor in the spring of your junior year to review your courses for your senior year and discuss colleges that you would like to explore. Consider early decision/action plans. 
  • begin thinking about teachers and others whom you might ask to write recommendations for you in the fall of your senior year
  • choose interesting summer activities (i.e. academic programs, service projects, jr. experience, jobs, athletic opportunities, etc…); you might want to include college visits as a part of any summer travel plans 

12th Grade
  • continue to work hard on your studies…colleges DO care about your coursework and grades THROUGHOUT your senior year 
  • take the SAT or ACT again if desired 
  • take any necessary SAT Subject Tests 
  • meet with your college counselor to make sure that your list of colleges includes schools appropriate to your academic and personal record 
  • review application requirements for each school to which you have chosen to apply and make sure that you meet all of them! 
  • create a file for each of your top schools; the file should include a checklist with: 
    • requirements 
    • deadlines 
    • application fees 
    • test scores (released by student) 
    • teacher recommendations 
    • high school records 
    • essays 
  • keep visiting colleges 
  • prepare applications, write essays, rewrite essays, ask teachers for recommendations, WATCH DEADLINES and MEET THEM! 
  • research and apply for financial aid and scholarships 
  • in the spring (winter for early admission), watch for admission letters…and once you decide on the school that you will attend, pay attention to acceptance deadlines. If you choose not to attend a school that has accepted you, it is considerate to write a brief note thanking them for the opportunity but politely declining the admission spot
  • you should confirm enrollment at ONE college or university by sending a deposit in May (typically on May 1) 
  • if you are on a school’s waitlist, be certain to let your advisor know so that we can guide you through how to contact the school to express your continued interest 
  • take AP exams if that makes sense for you…make sure that you are going to get some college credit for your scores since you will be taking these after you have chosen which college you are attending (you might reconsider your original commitment to taking the AP exam if you are not going to get any credit!) 
  • over the summer, watch for information from your new school and meet any stated deadlines