CONGRATULATIONS - IT'S YOUR JUNIOR YEAR!!! 

You've made it through two years of high school only to find out that there is more to think about than ever before. There is so much to expect your junior year, and sometimes it can seem so overwhelming. If you think back to your last two years of highschool, you may have seen the Juniors run around like crazy at times. It's a fairly stressful year but knowing what to expect means being able to plan ahead and knowing where to find help along the way.  Click this link to get an overview of some of the choices you have when you graduate from Denfeld (it is only a year away).

Follow the timeline below to help you know what to do this year:

 

FALL - August, September, October
  • Make sure your schedule is correct  - first that you have classes that are required for graduation and college admissions.  Please note they are not the same requirements.  For example, to go to a four year college you need a minimum of two years of a World Language, you do not need this to graduate from high school.
  • Mark the dates on a calendar for upcoming tests: PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams 
    • The PSAT is a test that is offeredThe PSAT test is the  Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is a great primer for the SAT and the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships.  A high score could mean scholarship money for college.  The test is given in October.  Students sign up in the Guidance Office.
    • The ACT and SAT are college admission exams that students take usually in the spring of their Junior year.  The tests are given on a Saturday and students must register and pay for the test prior to test day.  Most Juniors will take the test in February, April, or June.
    • AP exams are tests that students in Advanced Placement classes sign up and pay to take; tests take place in May.
  • Start preparing for the SAT/ACT, PSAT and AP exams as soon as the school year begins.  There are free resources available to Denfeld students - MCIS, actstudent.org, collegeboard.org.
  • Thinking about the military or have no idea what career to pursue?  Sign up to take the ASVAB.  It is a test for students who want to go to the military but it also gives a well rounded indicator of a student's strengths and ideas for careers that may interest them.  The test is FREE and given at Denfeld in November during a school day.  No information is released to the military.
  • Stay on track with your classes and grades.
  • Make a list of potential colleges you would like to attend or careers you may want to pursue.  Evaluate education options: vocational-technical school, career college, or two-year or four-year college, military college, etc.
  • Make sure your resume is up-to-date and continue updating it throughout the year.
  • Create a document of any awards and involvements to use in the future.
  • Complete the Junior Survey.  This lets your School Counselor and Career Center Coordinators know your interests. 
  • Stop by the Career Center to discuss careers and which majors can lead there.
  • Gather college information: Attend college fairs, college nights and speak to representatives from colleges & the military that attend your high school.  Listen to the daily annoucements to see who is coming to Denfeld.  CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL!  Check the Career & College Calendar across from the Guidance Office.
  • Begin planning campus visits or take a virtual tour - most visits can be set up online.  The Career Center can show you how.
  • Continue involvement in extracurricular and volunteer activities and seek leadership roles.
  • Continue building relationships with your teachers as 11th grade teachers are the ones that you will most likely ask for letters of recommendation.

 

WINTER - December, January, February

  • Stay on track with your classes and grades - study for your final exams.
  • Stay involved with extracurricular activities or get involved: Holidays and winter break are great times to volunteer.
  • Sign up to take the ACT or SAT.  Research the test requirements of the colleges you wish to attendContinue to prepare for the test.
  • Organize your career & college information - don't just drop it into a drawer, look it over and recycle anything that doesn't interest you.
  • Start narrowing down your college choices: use the break times to visit some of the local colleges to learn the differences in two & four year schools, public & private schools.
  • Continue discussing careers and research what type of education is needed. See if you can shadow someone in your career field.  Make an appointment with the Youth Employment Services Counselor in the Career Center.
  • Learn more about financial aid - do the colleges you would like to attend offer scholarships?  Check out their websites.
  • Start planning for a productive summer: Check on internship opportunities and deadlines.  

 

SPRING - March, April, May

  • Get involved: apply to become a Link Leader, Scott Anderson Leadership Forum, Camp RYLA.  Many opportunities are announced in the spring.
  • Prepare your class schedule for senior year: stick with a schedule that challenges you versus all easy classes/meet with your School Counselor to discuss your options.  
    Remember that next year is the last year for FREE education. 
    Consider ways to earn college credit via Advanced Placement, Articulated Credit, CITS courses.  Also, it is a year where you may have room in your schedule to take classes of possible careers (i.e. teaching, cooking, psychology, criminal justice, nursing) which can help you decide if that is what you want to pursue (once again, it is FREE).
  •  Think about possible letter of recommendation writers: teachers, employer, coach, activity leader, or adult who knows you well outside of school.  Make a list so in the fall, you can be one of the first to ask them.
  •  Get a list of scholarship search websites from the Career Center before school year ends - you can utilize them in the summer and get a head start on funding your education.
  • Apply for a summer internship or job.  Attend the Denfeld Career Fair or make an appointment with the Youth Employment Services Counselor in the Career Center.
  • Set up appointments at your top college choices including a personal interview, tour of the campus and meet with a professor/coach.

 

SUMMER - June, July, August

  • Make certain you have all of your high school requirements and credits.  If not, sign up and attend summer school.  Not sure?  Make an appointment to see your School Counselor before the end of the school year.
  • Decide whether to retake the SAT/ACT to improve score - sign up for the June exam.
  • Visit and tour colleges - talk with others about their experience in college especially if the student is attending a college on your list.
  • Develop a strong personal statement for scholarships or applications.
  • Write down all deadlines for FAFSA, admissions applications and scholarships (including state-based and merit-based scholarships)
  • Work a summer job to gain experience, build a resume, and save money for college
  • Maximize summer to build competitiveness - attend any leadership trainings, camps, that interest you.
  • Rewatch the "What to Expect Your Senior Year and Beyond" Slideshow.
  • Start checking out the Senior Sections of Denfeld's Webpage - SeniorsScholarship & Financial Aid InformationNew Scholarships
  • Say Goodbye to the Junior Webpage - Congratulations  Senior!!