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9th Grade (Freshman Year)

  • Create your four year academic plan.
  • Concentrate on improving good study habits. Highlight your strengths and be supportive in areas that need improvement.
  • Keep the focus on getting good grades. (All of these remain on your final transcript.)
  • Build strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking challenging courses at DLHS. Strengthen your vocabulary by increasing your reading.
  • Browse through college literature or college search engines to get an idea of what kinds of schools may be of interest to you. Research career possibilities.
  • Check out what high school courses colleges require – be proactive.
  • Know NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) requirements if you want to play sports in college.
  • Take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) in October for practice.    The PSAT is a preliminary test that will prepare you for the SAT Reasoning Test.
  • Explore your extra-curricular interests.  Consider joining a school club, sport, theatrical production, or school publication.
  • Meet with your college counselor to start navigating the college search process.   Discuss post-high school plans and set goals that are aligned with graduating from high school, post-secondary plans and community service.
  • Learn to balance the demands of your academics, extra-curricular interests and social life. It is never too early to plan for the future!
  • Begin saving money for college.

10th Grade (Sophomore Year)

  • Make sure you are navigating college exploration through the Family Connection program that DLHS offers for students in grades 9-12.
  • Take time to meet with your teachers outside of class if you have questions or if you are curious about other areas related to the class.  This shows you are interested in learning the material. You may need to ask these same teachers for a letter of recommendation during your senior year.
  • Start obtaining information from colleges in which you have shown an interest. Check them out online. Talk to people who have been there. Good resources can be found at Collegeboard.com.
  • Take the PSAT and PLAN in the fall for practice. Find ways to improve on academic areas that are keys to college success. Discuss the scores with a school counselor.
  • Take NCAA-approved courses if you want to play sports in college.
  • Sign up, if you have not done so already, for co-curricular activities that interests you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities.
  • Get organized – keep a record of your co-curricular involvement and volunteer work.
  • Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio (all year).
  • Register for June SAT Subject Test in June (You will register for these in April). These are one-hour exams testing you on academic subjects that you have already completed. Among the many to choose from are biology, chemistry, foreign languages and physics. Many colleges require or recommend one or more of the SAT Subject Tests for admission or placement. You can take SAT Subject Tests when you have successfully completed the corresponding course in high school study (B+ average or better). Talk to your teachers and counselor about which tests to take.
  • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors that will help you achieve your career goals.
  • Plan now for wise use of your summer. Consider taking a summer course or participating in a special program, working or volunteering.
  • During the summer, you may want to sign up for a PSAT/SAT prep course, use computer software, or do the practice tests in books designed to familiarize you with standardized tests. 

11th Grade (Junior Year)

  • Discuss course selections with a counselor to make sure college requirements are being met. When selecting your senior courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself academically.
  • Take the PSAT. Your scores may qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Competition and the National Achievement and the National Hispanic Scholars Programs. So, even though these scores will not be used for college admission, it is still a good idea to take the PSAT. The more times you take standardized tests, the more familiar you will become with the format and the types of questions asked. If you wish to receive free information from colleges, indicate on the PSAT test answer form that you want to participate in the Student Search.
  • Junior year grades are extremely important in the college admission process, because they are a measure of how well you do in advanced, upper-level courses. Grades also are used to determine scholarships and grants for which you may be eligible. So put in the extra effort and keep those grades up! Save samples of your best work for your academic portfolio (all year).
  • Create your resume and keep it updated with co-curricular activities, community service and any summer jobs.
  • Ask your parents for your Social Security number (required on many college applications).
  • Meet with your college counselor to discuss your preliminary list of colleges. Discuss whether your initial list of colleges meets your needs and interests (academic program, size, location, cost, etc.) and whether you are considering colleges where you are likely to be admitted. You should be optimistic and realistic when applying to colleges.
  • Attend a college fair to get more information about colleges on your list. Visit NACAC's National College Fairs web page www.nacacnet.org to check out the schedule for the National College Fairs and the Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs.
  • Request admission literature and financial aid information from the colleges on your list. There is no charge and no obligation to obtain general information about admission and financial aid.
  • Take the SAT Reasoning Test and/or the ACT in the spring. Prepare for the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT by signing up for a prep course, using computer software, or doing the SAT/ACT practice tests available in the counseling office or at bookstores. But don't spend so much time trying to improve standardized test scores that grades and co-curricular involvement suffer.
  • Register for the May/June SAT Subject Tests. Not all SAT Subject Tests are given on every test date.
  • Look into summer jobs or apply for special summer academic or enrichment programs. Colleges love to see students using their knowledge and developing their skills and interests. Become involved in a job or internship over the summer in a field that is relevant to your career interests.
  • Visit colleges, take tours, have interviews and ask questions. Make college visiting a family event. Involve your parents and siblings in every step of your application process. Choosing the right college is a tough decision; the opinions of those who know you best can provide helpful insight into which college is best for you. Do a practice interview with your counselor, teacher, employer, or a senior who has had college interviews.
  • Begin preparing for the actual application process: draft application essays; collect writing samples; and assemble portfolios or audition tapes. If you are an athlete and plan on playing in college, contact the coaches at the schools to which you are applying and ask about intercollegiate and intramural sports programs and athletic scholarships.
  • Complete the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse form if you hope to play Division I or II sports. (This form cannot be mailed until you finish your sixth semester of high school.)

12th Grade (Senior Year) Fall Semester

  • Make sure you have all applications required for college admission and financial aid. Write, phone, or use the Internet to request missing information.
  • Check on application and financial aid deadlines for the schools to which you plan to apply. They may vary and it is essential to meet all deadlines!
  • Meet with your college counselor to be sure your list includes colleges appropriate to your academic and personal record. Review your transcript and co-curricular records with your school counselor to ensure their accuracy.
  • Register for the October/November SAT Reasoning Test and/or SAT Subject Tests, or September/October ACT if you still need to raise your score.
  • If the colleges require recommendations, ask the appropriate people to write on your behalf. At least three weeks before the due date, ask your counselor and teachers, employers, or coaches to write letters of recommendation. Provide recommendation forms, any special instructions and a stamped, addressed business envelope to the people writing your recommendation. Be thoughtful! Write thank-you notes to those who write recommendations and keep them informed of your decisions.
  • Plan visits to colleges and set up interviews (if you didn't get to them during the summer or if you want to return to a campus for a second time). Read bulletin boards and the college newspaper. Talk with current students and professors.
  • Attend a regional college fair to investigate further those colleges to which you will probably apply.
  • Mail applications in time to reach the colleges by the deadlines. Check with your college counselor to make sure your transcript and test scores will be sent to the colleges to which you are applying.
  • If applying for early decision or early action, send in your application now. Also prepare applications for back-up schools. Remember, if you are accepted under the early decision option, you are expected to enroll at that college and to withdraw all other applications. Submit financial aid information if requested from early decision/action candidates.
  • If you need financial aid, obtain a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) from your college counseling office. Check to see if the colleges to which you are applying require any other financial aid form. Register for the CSS Profile if required and obtain the college's own financial aid forms, if available.
  • Keep all records, test score reports and copies of applications for admission and financial aid. Do not throw anything away until at least the end of your first year in college.
  • Complete scholarship applications. You may be eligible for more scholarships than you think, so apply for as many as you can. Spring Semester
  • Keep working in your classes! Grades and courses continue to count throughout the senior year. Enjoy your final year in high school, but don't catch senioritis!
  • Request that your counselor send the transcript of your senior first semester grades to the colleges to which you applied.
  • Parents and students, complete your income tax forms as soon as possible. You will need those figures to fill out the FAFSA. Complete and return your FAFSA as quickly as possible after January 1. Check to make sure your colleges or state does not require any other financial aid forms. If they do, consult your college counselor or contact the college's financial aid office.
  • Remember to monitor your applications to be sure that all materials are sent and received on time and that they are complete. Don't procrastinate!
  • Do not take rolling admission applications for granted. (Some colleges do not have application deadlines; they admit students on a continuous basis.) These schools may reach their maximum class size quickly-the earlier you apply, the more availability there may be.
  • Review your college acceptances and financial aid awards. Be sure to compare financial aid packages in your decision-making process. If you are positive you will not enroll at one or more of the colleges which accepted you, please notify those colleges that you have selected another college. Keeping colleges abreast of your plans might enable those colleges to admit someone else. If you know which college you will attend, send your tuition deposit and follow all other instructions for admitted students. You must decide which offer of admission to accept by May 1 (postmark date).
  • By May 1, decide on the one college that you will attend. By May 1, send in your tuition deposit to the college you will attend. Notify the other colleges that accepted you that you have selected another college.
  • If your first-choice college places you on their waiting list, do not lose all hope. Some students are admitted off the waiting list. Talk with your counselor, and contact the college to let them know you are still very interested
  • Take Advanced Placement examinations, if appropriate and request that your AP scores be sent to the college you will attend.
  • Request that your college counselor send your final transcript to the college you will attend. Notify the college of any private scholarships or grants you will be receiving.
  • Know when the payment for tuition, room and board, meal plans, etc., is due. If necessary, ask the financial aid office about a possible payment plan that will allow for you to pay in installments.
  • Look for information in the mail from the college about housing, roommate(s), orientation, course selection, etc. Respond promptly to all requests from the college.
  • Ease the transition into college. Accept the fact that you'll be in charge of your academic and personal life. What you do, when you do it and how things get done will be up to you. You'll have new responsibilities and challenges. Think about budgeting your time and establishing priorities. Go forth with confidence and enthusiasm, willingness to adapt and determination to succeed. College Bound
  • Pack for college. Don't forget to include things that remind you of friends and family. Be prepared for the new opportunities and challenges. Have a great freshman year!
  • With the process complete, move on to the next phase of your quest for higher knowledge. Robert Frost said this about ambition: "The best way out is always through." Enjoy the journey