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Junior Year

Juniors are required to attend at least four sessions with college representatives visiting Brookstone. The visits are posted in the daily announcements many days in advance, the Brookstone web page college link and are also posted on the College Bulletin Board beside the College Office.

September
  • Concentrate on doing well in your classes. College admissions committees sometimes weigh junior and senior grades more heavily.
  • Attend sessions with College Representatives. Complete cards requesting information from these schools.
  • Attend the Lovett School College Fair in Atlanta and take the opportunity to meet representatives from numerous colleges and to gather information. All juniors travel together by charter bus for this event.
  • Begin to think about preferences in colleges such as location, size of college, liberal arts or technical emphasis, coed or single-sex, reputation, activities available, majors available, cost, etc.
  • Begin preparing for the PSAT by reading the PSAT/SAT review books on your own.
October
  • Take the PSAT. Although the freshman and sophomore year PSAT was given for practice, the junior year scores are used to qualify you as a National Merit Semifinalist and scholarship candidate. Mark on your PSAT answer sheet that you wish to receive materials from the College Scholarship Search Committee, and colleges will send you information about their schools if your PSAT suggests that you would qualify for admission.
  • Continue to attend college sessions.

November

  • Continue to attend college sessions at Brookstone.

December

  • PSAT scores arrive around the second week of the month. Estimate your SAT score from the information in your booklet about interpreting your scores.
  • Register for the January SAT.
  • Talk with first-year college alumni who are home for the holidays. They can tell you about their likes and dislikes of their college choice, about their adjustment to college, and about those things that they wish somebody had told them before they left for college.

January - February

  • Concentrate on doing well in your classes.
  • Use Internet resources to identify possible college choices.
  • Take the SAT at Brookstone.
  • Attend the college programs planned by the college office with your parents. Students and parents are given information questionnaires and assignments to complete.

February � March

  • Students schedule college conferences with Mrs. Berry. The student questionnaire must be turned in prior to the conference. During the conference we will discuss what the student is looking for in a school (size, location, etc.) and the student�s high school record, PSAT scores, activities, and personal and academic strengths and weaknesses. From this information, we will develop a list of colleges that interest and meet the needs of the student and that seem appropriate for the student�s level of ability. Once this initial meeting has taken place, parents are strongly encouraged to schedule a follow-up meeting with Mrs. Sparks. This meeting may include the student as well. All parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child�s college search and application process.

Spring

  • Use software and the Internet to explore colleges.
  • Visit college campuses.
  • Take the SAT for the second time in March, May or June.
  • Take the SAT Subject Tests in May or June if you need to for the colleges you are considering.
  • Take the AP exam if you are in an AP course.
  • Decide on two teachers from whom you will request letters of recommendation. Ask the teachers and submit the teacher recommendation form to the college center.
  • Continue to revise your resume.

Summer Months

  • You have the opportunity to take the SAT again in June.
  • Visit college campuses in which you are interested, recognizing that you may need to return to some campuses when they are in session to get a complete view of the schools.
  • Continue to study information about colleges. Try to narrow your list of colleges down to those that interest you the most. Write to the admission offices and request application materials.
  • Participate in service projects, summer jobs, summer academic programs, or special interest programs. Above all else, do something!