11th grade is a big year for students. Not only are academic classes more challenging, students may be busy working an after-school job, perfecting a talent or just living their teenage lives.

In the blur of activity, high school graduation will be here before students realize it. Junior year is a time for buckling down for better grades, building volunteer and extracurricular experience, and taking classes to earn dual credit or an industry workforce credential.

Since now’s the time to kick college and career prep into high gear, use the checklists and resources below to make your student’s junior year a successful one.

Planning for College

LEARN about Colleges and Degree Programs

PREPARE for College Now

Update a College Resume

Preparing for a Career

EXPLORE Career Options

PLAN a Course of Study

EXPLORE Career-based Opportunities

Questions to ask your School Counselor


What are the upcoming exam schedules for the ACT and SAT? What college-exam prep does our district offer?


What other college credit and career preparatory classes can I take in 12th grade?


When is the next opportunity to attend a college tour or meet with visiting college admissions representatives?


Where can I find information about potential college scholarship opportunities?


Where can I learn about completing the FAFSA and TASFA? How do my parents create an FSA ID?


Where can I find information about summer internships with local businesses and other organizations?


Which dual credit, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate courses will best help me achieve my goals?


Which community college programs have the best career training programs related to my endorsement and coursework?


Where can I get help completing college applications and essays?

Online Resources for College and Career Planning

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