An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Sophomore Year Timeline

  • Sign up for Advanced Placement (AP) exams if applicable (September)
  • Attend class-wide meeting with CCO (October)
  • Take PSAT (October)
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend the Workshop for College Financial Aid (November)

  • Start thinking about, researching and applying to summer programs/activities
  • Encourage your parents/ guardians to attend the HoUS/CCO presentation for parents of 10th grade students (January)
  • Meet with advisor to discuss/update courses for junior year
  • Attend class-wide meeting with CCO (January)
  • Attend Parents Association meeting/alumni panel on the College Experience (January, alternating years)

  • Apply to summer opportunities
  • Attend Case Study Night and College Fair at Sacred Heart School (April)
  • Take AP exams if applicable (May)
  • Attend Crystal College Colloquium event with admissions directors/deans (May, alternating years)

  • Take SAT and ACT diagnostic tests to determine which is best option for you (early June)
  • Summer program / activity and vacation
  • If vacation plans take you near an area with colleges and universities, swing by for a visit!


How to Raise an Adult
     by Julie Lythcott-Haims
•Colleges that Change Lives
     by Loren Pope and revised by Hilary Masell Oswald
Fiske Guide to Colleges
     by Edward B. Fiske
The Thinking Students Guide to Colleges
     by Andrew Roberts
Letting Go: A Parents Guide to Understanding the College Years
     by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger
The Gatekeepers
     by Jacques Steinberg
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be
     by Frank Bruni
•The College Admissions Mystique
     by Bill Mayher

Nondiscriminatory Policy: Crystal Springs Uplands School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.