College Counseling



Student Timeline

9th Grade:

  • Take challenging courses
  • Get involved in school activities
  • Participate in community service opportunities
  • Begin studying for the PSAT
  • Study and do your best in all courses
  • Begin a high school brag book, keeping track of all activities, awards and community service projects
  • Meet with a College Planning professional
  • Sign up for an account with
  • Recover any failed credits online during the summer

10th Grade:

  • Register with and
  • Register with
  • Plan to take the PSAT in the spring
  • Start collecting college information from schools that interest you
  • Review the admission requirements from those selected schools
  • Continue involvement in extracurricular activities and service projects
  • Start thinking about different degree options and courses you will need
  • If you need tutoring for the SAT and/or ACT, late spring and summer is a great time.
  • Continue adding items to your brag journal
  • Recover any failed credits online during the summer

11th Grade:

  • Continue to take challenging course work
  • Register for the SAT/and or the ACT- you should plan to take each test once in order to decide which test you are better suited to take.
  • Take the National PSAT/NMSQT- National Merit
  • Meet with counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate
  • Make sure you have completed Health and PE
  • If you qualify, join the Rivers chapter of National Honors Society
  • Volunteer for activities in areas that interest you
  • Narrow down college choices and plan official visits
  • Investigate scholarship opportunities
  • Attend local college fairs
  • Add to brag journal
  • Continue to keep grades up and complete any failed coursework over the summer

12th Grade:

  • Continue taking the SAT/ACT
  • Register with to send transcripts to college choices
  • Begin the college application process- checking college websites for deadlines and requirements
  • Begin the financial aid process by completing the FASFA form online- Check out scholarships opportunities at school of choice
  • Ask teachers and school counselors for recommendations at least three weeks in advance

Important SAT Dates

2020 Online Registration Deadlines:

Aug 26th, Sep 4th, Oct 7th, Nov 5th

2020 Late Registration Deadlines:

Aug 11th, Sep 15th, Oct 20th, Nov 17th

2020 Test Dates:

 Aug 29th, Sep 26th, Oct 3rd, Nov 7th, Dec 5th


2021 Online Registration Deadlines:

Feb 12th, April 8th, May 6th

2021 Late Registration Deadlines:

Feb 23rd, April 20th, May 18th

2021 Test Dates:

 March 13th, May 8th, June 5th

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