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Planning for College: Junior Year

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Junior College Forum Slideshow presentation from January 11, 2018

Starting the Process!

Junior year is when the College Counseling process formally begins. During the second term of your junior year, the College Counselors will work individually with you and will continue to do so until you select a college. As always, stay focused on and continue to make the most of high school.  

Perform as well as you possibly can with your challenging junior year courses, get even more involved in your activities, become used to your role as the leaders in the school, and find time for your passions. It is a busy year and one in which you will probably grow significantly, both in and out of the classroom.  

Planning Calendar


  • Take the PSAT in October.  When the results come back, use the detailed analysis to help you prepare for the SAT. 
  • Attend the evening College Forums for junior parents and students. The first meeting will be an outside professional - usually a college admissions director or dean. The second meeting will be a nuts and bolts workshop about the college admissions process.
  • Attend grade level meetings, advising discussions and workshops related to the college admissions process.
  • Begin to look at guidebooks and websites.


  • Sign up for and attend an individual family meeting with your College Counselor.
  • Consider doing SAT/ACT preparation.
  • Begin doing the SAT Question of the Day
  • Register for the March, May or June SAT Reasoning test and the May or June SAT Subject tests.
  • Consider registering for the ACT in April or June.
  • Register on Naviance, a web based program that is individualized to help you search, research and apply to college. Attend workshops during lunch or E period on how to use Naviance.
  • Plan/visit colleges over interblock and/or Spring Break. Here is a list of questions to ask on your visit.
  • If interested in playing sports in college, begin contacting coaches. Read The Urban School College Planning Guide for the Student Athlete.
  • Attend the Bay Area Case Studies and College Fair program.
  • Take the SAT Reasoning Test/ACT once and at least two SAT Subject Tests.
  • Meet individually with your College Counselor.
  • Develop a preliminary list of colleges and actively research those colleges.
  • Talk to seniors about their recent experiences.
  • Begin to look into financial aid. Attend workshop at Urban if applying for financial aid.
  • Plan a constructive summer.
  • Take advantage of summer opportunities.
  • Complete and return College Counseling questionnaire.
  • Narrow down college list based on junior year GPA, testing, research and visits.
  • Begin working on essay.
  • Register and begin Common Application.

Resources for Juniors

General Information and College Search



Financial Aid


Susan Lee
Co-Director of College Counseling
415 593 9511

Lauren Gersick
Co-Director of College Counseling
415 593 9512

Leslie Schaffer
College Counseling Assistant
415 593 9519

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