College Preparation Part 2

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11th Grade Checklist

  • Maintain good study habits
  • Participate in extracurricular activities. Look for leadership opportunities.
  • Identify career interests
  • Consider dual credit courses to get a jump start on college
  • Take the PSAT in October
  • Prepare for the ACT and/or SAT
  • Attend College Fair in the spring
  • Begin the college application process by identifying college and scholarship opportunities
  • Visit colleges of interest
  • Select senior year courses
  • Take ACT and/or SAT
  • Visit Next Steps Idaho for 11th Grade preparation resources


12th Grade Checklist
Parent Action Plan

  • Visit Next Steps Idaho for 11th Grade preparation resources
  • Maintain good study habits
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Look for leadership opportunities. Some scholarships require it.
  • Take dual credit courses
  • Complete college application process
  • Seek financial aid
  • Take ACT and SAT exams or Compass Test
  • See your school counselor often


  • Check your course schedule with your guidance counselor. Make sure you are completing all graduation requirements
  • Develop college application plans
  • Begin working on applications. Carefully note deadlines.
  • Keep track of all correspondence with colleges
  • Register for ACT and SAT exams
  • Look for scheduled college visits and attend information sessions
  • Plan campus visits and interview, or take “virtual tours”
  • Request letters of recommendation from your teachers
  • Prepare your resume
  • Submit requests for transcripts and counselor recommendations at least three weeks before application deadline
  • Check scholarship lists on FHS website


  • Take ACT or SAT exams
  • Continue preparing and finalizing college list
  • Continue meeting with college reps, visiting colleges, and interviewing
  • If applying Early Decision, prepare application and request all required documents
  • Obtain financial aid information from college of interest and make note of financial aid priority dates
  • Review updated scholarship list on FHS website



  • Take ACT or SAT exams
  • Submit college applications


  • Complete income taxes
  • File Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Review grades with school counselor. Do not drop any classes.
  • Complete community service requirements
  • Continue checking scholarship lists on FHS website
  • Respond to college for additional information needed
  • Maintain high level of academic performance


  • Compare financial aid award letters from colleges
  • Schedule overnight visits at top-choice colleges
  • Check scholarship deadlines and turn in applications
  • Investigate payment options with each college
  • Make final decision for college which you plan to attend


  • May 1st Deadline – National deadline to deposit at a college. This secures a place in the freshman class.
  • Send thank yous to teachers, counselors, coaches, and others who assisted in your application process.
  • Accept all or part of financial aid offered
  • Notify other schools that you are declining admissions


  • Attend summer orientation
  • Find a summer job and save, save, save!


  • Watch for your housing and roommate assignment
  • Be sure you have completed all necessary paperwork
  • Bills are due by the middle of August for the first semester
  • Attend Fall Orientation