Junior Year

College & Career Planning Timeline

Junior year marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families. It is when post-secondary planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to stay on track for your post-secondary plans.


  • Continue to adapt and revise your resume through your Naviance Student account.
    • Include your abilities & talents, activities that you have been involved in, leadership roles you hold, community services performed and any references you have.
    • Go to this link for tips!
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT during your school day.
  • Begin researching colleges & post-secondary schools that have the programs you are interested in.
    • There are many resources and tools available through Naviance Student that allow you to save your searches and find everything you need in one spot.
    • Start Scheduling Campus Visits
      • Use this map to locate colleges in Indiana
      • Check out the Campus Visit Guide before you go to know what you should be looking for
  • Explore internship and job shadowing experiences in the fields you are interested in.
  • Set goals to increase your GPA and work hard in your classes. Colleges & post-secondary schools are encouraged by upward trends in grades, GPA, and standardized testing scores.                                                                                                                           
  • Sign up for EVERYTHING! You can learn a lot by signing up for college, scholarship, internship and career options.
    • Beware – your email box will fill up, so check often! 
    • Sign up for a free email account (create a professional username) that you will have all of these types of items emailed to. Then, set a time each week to review the information so you do not miss an opportunity.

Early Winter

  • Plan for your senior year schedule
  • Use the Course Planner in Naviance Student to help plan for your diploma requirements and build your senior schedule
  • Take challenging and rigorous courses that will set you apart from others..especially in math in science.
    • There are many dual credit courses available for the senior year, plan ahead and take advantage of free college credits!
  • Interested in a Career & Technical Education program?
    • Apply to Area 31 Career Center for your senior year. Visit their webpage to get more details on their programs.
  • Begin planning and forecasting your financial need for post-secondary options

Late Winter

  • Sign up to take the SAT and/or the ACT
    • What’s the difference? Learn more
    • Practice…practice….and practice more! Research shows the more comfortable students are with the test and format, the higher they will score.
    • Students have access to free individualized test practice through their Family Connection account by selecting Test Prep from the menu.
    • Students can utilize Khan Academy for free & personalized SAT prep

ACT – visit actstudent.org to register

Cost = $42.50 (no writing) & $58.50 (includes writing)

See your counselor if you receive textbook assistance for a free test fee waiver!

September 8, 2018*

August 12, 2018

August 26, 2018

October 27, 2018*

September 28, 2018

October 14, 2018

December 8, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 19, 2018

February 9, 2019*

January 11, 2019

January 18, 2019

April 13, 2019*

March 8, 2019

March 25, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 20, 2019

July 13, 2019* June 14, 2019 June 24, 2019

*These test dates are at Decatur Central High School

SAT – visit collegeboard.org to register

Cost = $43 (no essay) & $54.50 (includes essay)

See your counselor if you receive textbook assistance for a free test fee waiver!




August 25, 2018*

July 27, 2018

August 15, 2018

October 6, 2018*

September 7, 2018

September 26, 2018

November 3, 2018

October 2, 2018

October 22, 2018

December 1, 2018*

November 2, 2018

November 20, 2018

March 9, 2019*

February 8, 2019

February 27, 2019

May 4, 2019*

April 5, 2019

April 24, 2019

June 1, 2019* May 3, 2019 May 22, 2019

*These test dates are at Decatur Central High School


  • Keep copies of the families’ 2016 tax return handy. You will use these to apply for financial aid with the FAFSA starting October 1, 2018.
  • Finish courses strong, this will be the last semester of grades that colleges and schools will see when you send your transcripts with your applications in the fall.
  • GPA and class rank are one of the important pieces colleges look at for admission.
  • Use National Scholarship Search sites such as FastwebCollege Board’s Big FutureChegg or UNIGO. Be sure to check out your Naviance Student for scholarship search opportunities!
  • Put out a social media post that explains to your social network what you are hoping to study after high school and that you would appreciate if anyone would keep you in mind for internship opportunities, scholarships that they are aware of, or if they have connections that would be useful to you. It is amazing what can come of letting people know your dreams and desires!


  • Register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center if you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college
  • Get your FSA ID: before you can begin filling out your FAFSA you must get a username and password
  • Find a full-time or part-time job and start saving for your future. This is also a great way to build up your resume prior to applying to your college & post-secondary schools.
  • Many summer camps look for high school aged students for paid/volunteer opportunities – Camp Page is a great resource to locate these types of opportunities
  • In Naviance Student, update your Colleges I am Thinking About and move the ones you will apply at to Colleges I am Applying To. This helps your counselor understand your plan as you move in to your senior year…and allows them to send a transcript at your request.