Junior Time Line

Fall (Sept-Nov)

  1. Junior year is a crucial time for you to work your hardest and maintain excellent grades during the year.  Your junior year grades are extremely important in the college admission process, because they are a measure of how well you do in all courses. 
  2. 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!
  3. All Juniors will be taking the ACT and PARCC exam this year.  Take advantage of any tutoring program that help increase your chances of getting a higher score.  A higher score means more opportunities. 
  4. If you haven’t done so, look for a club or sport to join.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in the school and take advantage of the learning experience.
  5. Please visit the LV website for a complete list of clubs and sports.
  6. Begin college selection process. Attend college fairs, financial aid seminars, general information sessions, etc., to learn as much as you can about the college application process.

Winter (Dec-Feb)

  1. Meet with your counselor to review your courses for this year and plan your schedule for senior year. When selecting your senior courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself academically.   
  2. Begin to make a preliminary list of colleges you would like to investigate further. Visit: https://secure.whatsnextillinois.org and Chooseyourfuture.org to help you with this process. 
  3. Meet with your 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 and pick a school you match with. 

Spring (March-May)

  1. Look into summer jobs or apply for special summer academic or enrichment programs.  Dual Credit Courses will be available through the City Colleges of Chicago. 
  2. Get a jump start on summer activities-consider enrolling in an academic course at one of the city colleges, applying for an internship, working, or volunteering.  If you work, save part of your earnings for college.
  3. Continue to get additional tutoring for the ACT and PARCC exam.  Plan to retake the ACT in the fall if need be.

Summer (June-Aug)

  1. After school ends, get on the road to visit colleges. Seeing the college firsthand, taking a tour and talking to students can be the greatest help in deciding whether or not a school is right fit for you.
  2. 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.
  3. Begin preparing for the actual application process: draft application essays; collect writing samples.
  4. Identify the teachers you plan to ask for a recommendation letter and give them a heads up for the Fall.