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All Students Throughout Each Year

• Take challenging courses.  Study!  Ask for help.  Grades from each year impact your college and future planning opportunities!

• Read the weekly Shawe Newsletter.

• Compile information for your student resume--track activities, service, leadership, employment and awards.  You will create your student resume in the Fall of your senior year.

• Volunteer for an organization related to a career interest area.

• Get involved!  Volunteer.  Be an active club member.  Join a team or serve as a team manager.

 

Freshman Year

• Develop strong study habits.  Freshman grades count toward your college applications.  First semester grades determine which classes you may select for your sophomore year.

• Complete college & career exploration activities during School Counselor presentations.

• Register for challenging classes for your sophomore year.  Be sure you meet the prerequisites.  Meet with your counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

• Continue with strong study habits.  Second semester grades impact the classes you are allowed to take your sophomore year and beyond.

 

Sophomore Year

• Take the PSAT exam in October at Shawe (practice for the SAT; determine your strengths).

• Participate in college & career exploration activities presented by School Counselor.

• Use My College Quick Start to review PSAT results and strengthen skills (available in December).

• Attend at least one College Open House at a college campus (weekends, vacation days or summer).

• Attend a College Fair.

• Job shadow one day during the summer.

 

Junior Year

• Sign up & attend college admissions presentations at Shawe.

• Take the PSAT exam in October at Shawe (practice for the SAT & determines National Merit qualifiers).

• Use My College Quick Start to review PSAT results and strengthen skills (available in December).

• Prepare for ACT and SAT. Go to www.collegeboard.com and www.act.org

• Register for and take first ACT and SAT

• Take second ACT and/ or SAT (or the higher of the two)

• Utilize your college visit days (up to 3 total for junior & senior year—must complete form).

• Visit colleges before your senior year so you can expand or narrow your list, as needed.

 

Senior Year

• Meet with Dean of Studies to discuss colleges and options for after graduation.

• Send rough draft of student resume to Dean of Studies.

• Begin college applications.

• Complete transcript request with Dean of Studies (see Transcript Request Process)

• Sign up & attend college admissions presentations at Shawe.

October 1:  File FAFSA (school deadlines vary)

• Utilize your college visit days (up to 3 total for junior & senior year—must complete form)

• September through December:  Retake ACT / SAT, if necessary.

• Send final copy of student resume to Dean of Studies.

• Ask teachers, supervisors, coaches and other community members to write letters of

recommendation (see Tips for Letters of Recommendation).

• Complete college applications.

• Utilize your 3 College visit or days wisely.

• April: Evaluate financial aid packages from colleges

• May 1:  Commit to one school.  Notify other colleges that you have decided against.

• Notify Dean of Studies of your final college decision and of scholarships received.

• Take AP Exams if enrolled in AP courses.

• Write Thank You notes to scholarship providers and those who wrote you letters of recommendation.

 

 

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Madison, Indiana 47250

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Madison, Indiana 47250

812-273-2150

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Madison, Indiana 47250

812-273-5835

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