Checklist for Juniors

September

Talk to your school counselor or Educational Talent/Upward Bound counselor about career and educational opportunities.
Start planning for college. Familiarize yourself with the Scholastic Aptitude testing (SAT), American College Testing (ACT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), College Scholarship Service (CSS) and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Look through college catalogs and general guides, e.g., The College Handbook. Use computerized career and educational programs and the internet to explore all options. (AZCIS)
Request at least three college admission applications and college catalogs.
Register for the PSAT/NMSQT tests.
Study for these tests. Take test preparation classes.
Send for you Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) if applicable.
Attend career fairs and college fairs.
Get involved in clubs and extracurricular activities (as long as you maintain good grades).
Apply for your Social Security Number (SNN), if you haven’t already done so.

October

Take the PSAT/NMSQT and ASVAB tests.
Check out scholarships available at the college(s) of your choice. See what criteria you need to meet in order to apply.
Study school catalogs/pamphlets.
Continue meeting with your counselor.
Attend College Night and/or college fairs and meet with representatives.

November

Study for tests and/or attend classes/workshops that are offered.

December

Study for finals.
Discuss your ASVAB test results with your school counselor.

January

If you have not received your CIB or SNN, follow up on your request(s).
Check into/apply for summer enrichment programs (Nizhoni Academy, Upward Bound, Four Corners Math/Science). KNOW DEADLINES!
Talk to people in occupations that interest you.
Discuss PSAT/NMSQT and/or PLAN assessment tests.
Meet with your counselor periodically to discuss your grades, academic progress, and educational goals.
Attend any CAREER FAIRS.

March

Sign up for the ACT and/or SAT tests

April

Take ACT/SAT tests.

May

Talk to your counselor about test results.
Request information on scholarships, housing, etc. from colleges.
Keep all information in one packet or folder. Write down dates, names, addresses, and phone numbers of individuals you have contacted (and what was said).
You may take the ACT or SAT, if you need to re-take the test to improve your scores, you must do so at the beginning of your senior year.

June

Attend summer school if need to.
Attend summer enrichment programs.
Volunteer.

Summer Months

Send out school applications.
Check on your status of school applications.
Pick up several copies of your CIB
Request letters of recommendation from your teachers, counselors, and supervisors.
If you are gathering information during the summer, your senior year will be less hectic. Gather the things you will need for post-secondary education admission and financial aid.
Visit college campuses.
Work to help pay for college costs.