An Independent Day School for Grades 6-12

Senior Year Timeline


Fall
  • Sign up for Advanced Placement (AP) exams if applicable (September)
  • Attend weekly College Quest class
  • Complete requests to two teachers for letters of recommendation (if applicable)
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend College Night for 12th grade (September)
  • Beginning October 1: Complete and file financial aid forms and apply for scholarships
  • Register and re-take SAT (October, November, December, ACT (September, October, December) as needed
  • Develop art supplement/portfolio to showcase talent (if applicable) 
  • Attend local info sessions and college meetings held at CSUS with visiting admission reps
  • Meet with CCO to narrow and finalize college list of 8-10 schools
  • Note application deadlines and requirements, including counseling office deadlines
  • Schedule interviews (if applicable)
  • Make plan to visit colleges during school breaks in the first semester (if needed)
  • Write college essays and complete applications, leaving time to proofread!
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend the Workshop for College Financial Aid (November)

Winter

  • Complete all college applications before the start of Winter Break
  • Complete and submit financial aid forms and apply for scholarships
  • Update MaiaLearning with your college results, meet with CCO to discuss results and options
  • Attend Parents Association meeting/alumni panel on the College Experience (January, alternating years)
  • Write thank you notes to teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Turn in Mid-Year Report form to CCO for schools on your list which require first semester grades

Spring
  • Update MaiaLearning with your college results, meet with CCO to discuss results and options
  • Visit colleges to which you have been accepted
  • By May 1: Send in your deposit to one college to secure your place in the incoming class, and notify other colleges to which you were admitted about your intention to enroll elsewhere
  • Submit college housing forms/deposits promptly to receive priority consideration 
  • Turn in the final transcript request form to CCO for college with whom you deposited
  • Take AP exams (May) if applicable
  • Hooray!  Finish your high school career strongly and enjoy graduation with friends and family

College Events

Resources

Books
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.