Grade 11 Timeline
August - September
- Choose the most challenging IB course load you can handle based on your interests.
- Do the best you possibly can in all of your classes. Remember—many colleges look at grades from all four years of high school, but 11th grade is especially important because good grades now mean potentially high marks on your IB exams.
- Get to know your teachers and counselors—they are the people in the school who can help you navigate the college application process over the next two years, AND will be writing recommendations for you.
- Join and/or continue with extra-curricular activities like sports teams, yearbook, MUN, theater, etc. Colleges are interested in what you like to do outside of the classroom. It helps admissions counselors get a better idea of who you are as a person.
- Attend university fairs in Moscow. Keep an eye on the HS Flash and BridgeU for news and visits.
- Meet with college and university representatives who come to visit AAS. They are wonderful sources of valuable information and are often the people deciding whether or not to accept you to a school, so make a good impression!
- Prepare to take the PSAT test on the third Wednesday of October. This is great practice for taking standardized university admissions tests in the future, and if you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, your score could qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
November - December
- Work hard in classes, and stay committed to school activities.
- Stay on top of CAS reflections and IB expectations.
- Research summer opportunities and apply.
January - June
- Fill out the Junior Questionnaire for the counseling office. This is required before signing up for college planning meetings.
- In January, set up your first meeting with the counselors to begin discussing future plans.
- Schedule follow-up meetings on a regular basis throughout the rest of the semester.
- Sign up for the SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT if applying to the US. See if the schools you are interested in require SAT Subject Tests and sign up for subjects you feel strong in.
- Write a first draft of your personal statement and give it to the counselors for feedback.
- Choose and speak with teachers who will write recommendations on your behalf and give those names to the counseling office.
- By June you should have a list of colleges and universities that you would like to visit and/or research more thoroughly over the summer. Make sure that the list has only a few reaches, mostly possibles, and a few likely schools on there.
- Students interested in Division I or II athletics in the United States (scholarships for sports), must register at NCAA and request a transcript to be sent to the clearinghouse.
- Travel, do community service, take courses on a college campus, find a job, visit colleges and universities.
- Do any or all of the above.
- READ!! Reading is one of the best ways to improve vocabulary and keep your mind active and limber over the summer.
- Enjoy yourself!