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Guidance Planning



  • Learn to set goals. Remember - everything in high school counts.
  • Take challenging courses, and do well. Always ensure your grades reflect your work ethic and show what you're doing, rather than what you're not doing.
  • Create your Naviance account and begin compiling your resume.
  • Build your resume by pursuing extracurricular, athletic, volunteer, and leadership opportunities. Depth means more than breadth in these areas.
  • Do something meaningful over the summer.

Read, read, read. Write, write, write


  • Students take a weeklong college trip heightening their awareness of various types of colleges.
  • Evaluate your academic interests, and set goals to stretch yourself. Work hard, and let your teachers know you care.
  • Prepare for the PreACT in October.
  • Make use of Test Prep in Naviance and with Kahn Academy.
  • Take the personality test in Naviance.
  • Take on leadership roles in extracurricular, athletic, and/or volunteer activities.
  • Begin researching colleges and take advantage of the Spring College Trip.
  • Register for SAT subject tests, if appropriate. (Check with the College Guidance Office.)
  • Review your academic and extracurricular plans.
  • Do something meaningful over the summer.

Read, read, read. Write, write, write


  • Students meet in small groups with the College Counselor during the spring to help them prepare for all aspects of the College Application process.
  • Evaluate your academic performance. Take even more challenging classes, as appropriate.
  • Take the PSAT and use your results as a baseline for improvement.
  • Attend college fairs.
  • Meet with college representatives visiting The Pine School.
  • Attend the "College Kickoff" meeting with your parents.
  • Register and prepare for spring SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests.
  • Update your resume/activities in Naviance.
  • Request information from colleges.
  • Choose challenging senior courses in a variety of disciplines.
  • Request recommendations from your teachers.
  • Begin your college essay.
  • Visit colleges.
  • Do something meaningful over the summer.

Read, read, read. Write, write, write


  • Work steadily. The entire year counts!
  • Students are well prepared and knowledgeable when they get to meet with the many college representatives that visit The Pine School Every Year
  • Continue your activities.
  • Be organized.
  • Secure your college recommendations.
  • Be sure your testing plans are in place and registrations are timely.
  • Choose a range of colleges to which to apply.
  • Prepare all state applications early in the fall.
  • Write several drafts of essays to review with faculty.
  • Understand Early Decision and Early Action. Know (and adhere) to deadlines.
  • Prepare financial aid and scholarship paperwork.
  • Prepare for college admission interviews, if applicable.
  • Follow up with colleges to make sure all application materials have been received.

Reap the benefits of four years of good planning!