Guide your students through applying to college, obtaining aid, and considering a career.
Monthly Update for April 2017
Checklist for the Month
- Remember to order AP Exams if you have not done so already. More information is available at Collegeboard.org.
- Advertise college entrance exam test dates and registration deadlines.
- Remind juniors to check with prospective colleges to determine if SAT Subject Tests should be taken, and if so, which tests are required or recommended.
- Post the dates of when spring college representatives will be visiting your campus. Encourage juniors to attend.
- Advertise special college events held on college campuses for your juniors.
- Continue to post and advertise scholarships. Remind seniors of the many opportunities for local scholarships at this time of year.
- Encourage seniors to carefully review financial aid award letters and respond to colleges by the deadline provided by each school.
- Post reminders to seniors that they should reply to college acceptance notices by the May 1 Candidate Reply date.
- Continue to consult with students who are making course selection decisions for the upcoming school year.
Easy Ideas for April
- Spring senior parent transition night
Ask parents of former students that are now in college to serve on a panel to speak about the transition issues that will be taking place over the next few months. These parents will have good advice for the parents of your current seniors. Prepare a list of questions to give the panelists in advance and they can also add their own ideas. It is a good way to bring closure to the senior year for nervous parents.
- Junior class "sneak peeks"
Near the end of the month, drop in on junior classes to remind students of the importance of the last grades of the school year. Encourage students to focus on this final reporting period. With Advanced Placement exams and finals just around the corner, teachers also appreciate your reinforcement. Finally, sign up for the last round of ACT and SAT for the spring.
- Job posting and community service bulletin board
Ask a parent or student office assistant to prepare a bulletin board in a highly visible area with job postings that are sent to your office this time of the year. This helps many students find summer jobs. This board can also be a place to post community needs for summer volunteers. Freshmen who are too young to hold jobs can benefit from these community service opportunities.