An independent day school for grades 6-12

Senior Year Timeline

  • Ask two teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend the College Night for Senior Parents (Sept)
  • Attend weekly College Quest class
  • Register and re-take SAT Reasoning (Oct, Nov, Dec) , ACT (Sept, Oct, Dec) or SAT Subject Tests (Oct, Nov, Dec) as needed
  • Develop art supplement / portfolio to showcase talent (if applicable)
  • Attend local info sessions and college meetings held at CSUS with traveling admission reps
  • Meet with college counselor to narrow and finalize college list of 8-10 schools
  • Note application deadlines and requirements, including counseling office deadlines
  • Schedule interviews (if needed)
  • Write college essays and complete applications, leaving time to proofread!
  • Encourage your parents/guardians to attend the Workshop for College Financial Aid (Dec)
  • Complete all college applications before Winter Break
  • Beginning Jan 1st: Complete and file financial aid forms and apply for scholarships
  • Encourage parents to attend Parents Association meeting / alumni panel on the College Experience (Jan)
  • Write thank you notes to teachers for letters of recommendation
  • Turn in Mid-Year Report form to College Counseling Office for schools on your list which require 1st semester grades
  • Update Naviance with your college results
  • Meet with college counselor to discuss college decisions and options
  • Visit colleges to which you have been accepted
  • By May 1st: 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 Housing forms / deposits promptly to receive priority consideration
  • Turn in final transcript request form to College Counseling Office for college with whom you deposited
  • If applicable, take AP exams (May)
Hooray!  Finish your high school career strongly and enjoy graduation with friends and family.

College Events


•Colleges that Change Lives
by Loren Pope and revised by Hilary Masell Oswald (2012 edition)
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013
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