An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Junior Year Timeline

  • Sign up for Advanced Placement (AP) exams if applicable (September)
  • Take PSAT (October)
  • Attend class-wide meeting with the CCO (September, November)
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend College Night for 11th graders (October)
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend the Workshop for College Financial Aid (November)
  • Complete homework to begin scheduling individual meetings with CCO, discuss PSAT results and test prep options if needed (mid-November/December)

End of First Semester
  • Thanksgiving/Winter Break: If your travel plans take you to an area with colleges and universities, swing by for a tour!
  • Attend class-wide meeting with CCO (January)

  • Prep for the SAT (March or May) or the ACT (February or April)
  • Meet with an advisor to discuss/update courses for senior year 
  • Start thinking about, researching, applying to summer programs/activities
  • Continue individual/family meetings with CCO to discuss college process, course selection, college visits, summer plans
  • Attend Parents Association meeting/alumni panel on the College Experience (January, alternating years)
  • Make a plan to visit colleges during school breaks or during February Break


  • Apply to summer opportunities
  • Attend class-wide meeting with CCO (March, May)
  • Register and take SAT (March or May or June) or ACT (Feb or April or June or July) if applicable
  • Attend Case Study Night and College Fair at Sacred Heart Preparatory (April)
  • Visit colleges and/or attend local college fairs/presentations during Spring Break (late March/April)
  • Put your name on mailing lists (through the admission website) for interesting colleges
  • Explore Net Price Calculators on college websites to estimate financial aid offerings
  • Continue individual CCO meetings to discuss progress, next steps, summer goals
  • Take AP exams if applicable (May)
  • Attend a panel discussion with current Crystal 12th graders about the college process (May)
  • Attend Crystal College Colloquium event with admissions directors/deans (May, alternating years)
  • Think about two teachers for letters of recommendation and make request (if applicable)

  • Research scholarships and college financial aid resources, including Net Price Calculator
  • June 1: Begin college financial aid process, get FSA ID from 
  • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center ( if you intend to play sports in college
  • Schedule college visits and interviews (if applicable)
  • Summer program / activity and vacation
  • July 1: Colleges begin to update and post application forms on their website 
  • Complete drafts of college essays, update your college list on MaiaLearning
  • If available, schedule a meeting with College Counseling Office to update list, review essays, etc.
  • Plan to attend College Application Boot Camp (August)
  • End of Summer or by September 1: One completed application (essays, forms, etc.)


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.