Junior / Senior Planning Timelines

Use these guides to stay on track during your junior and seniors years:

Junior Year Timeline

August

  • Complete College Now application, authorization form, and ACT score submission if taking College Now courses through JCCC. 
  • Complete challenging courses to be well prepared for college.  When you apply to college and for scholarships next year, it is the transcript through the end of junior year that will be reviewed by colleges.

September

  • Study and prepare for either the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) or a Locally-scored ACT on October 10th.  Some scholarships are based on your PSAT/NMSQT.
  • Use the FREE SME online ACT test prep course.
  • Attend meetings with college admissions representatives who come to SME.
  • Schedule an appointment with your counselor, if you are interested in attending a Military Academy (Air Force, WestPoint, Annapolis or the Coast Guard Academy.)

October

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT or Locally-scored ACT on Oct. 10th.  Remember to take a calculator and your school I.D.
  • Attend the College Clinic on Oct. 10th at Shawnee Mission East High School.

November

  • Prepare for the ACT or SAT.
  • Register to take the ACT or SAT in winter or spring.
  • Attend the Financial Aid Evening at SM Northwest.

December

  • Check college web sites and talk to your counselor to determine which test (ACT, SAT or COMPASS) is recommended for you to take.
  • Prepare for and do well on semester finals.

January

  • Identify the characteristics of a college that matters to you—size, location, cost, academics, social environment and diversity. Continue to identify your interests and strengths.
  • Make a list of 7-10 colleges that you would like to attend and investigate those schools.
  • Arrange for college visits. Schedule these during your spring break, if you can. Submit College Now application, AUTHORIZATION FORM, AND ACT SCORE SUBMISSION.

February

  • Investigate scholarships and other financial aid programs. Sign up with FastWeb and other websites to search for financial aid and scholarships for which you might qualify.

March

  • Explore options for summer plans:  work, volunteer, classes.
  • Register for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams before Spring Break.
  • Use the planning resources on the Federal Student Aid website to begin working on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), so that you can submit it on Oct. 1st of your senior year.

April

  • Continue adding to your resume of activities, honors, leadership positions, and job experience.  You’ll need this information for college applications and scholarships.
  • Discuss post-high school and college plans with parents and check the SME College Planning webpage for details on the college application process.

May

  • If you haven't yet taken the ACT, SAT or COMPASS (for JCCC), register for a summer test date.
  • Take AP or IB exams you registered for.
  • Plan college visits over the summer particularly if your family is taking a vacation
  • Check SME website for summer Honors & AP  English assignments.

June/July/August

  • COMPLETE Honors & AP English summer assignments, if applicable.
  • Apply to JCCC and take ACT or Compass Test, if you plan to take College Now math or science classes in the fall.
  • If you are planning to attend KU or KSU after graduation the priority deadline for submitting your admission/scholarship application and ACT score is November 1.

Senior Year Timeline

August
  • Review your online graduation check sheet and make sure you are enrolled in what you need to graduate.
  • Register to take the ACT or SAT in September if you haven't yet taken it or want to try to increase your score.
  • Complete College Now application, AUTHORIZATION FORM, AND ACT SCORE SUBMISSION if taking College Now courses through JCCC.
  • Continue working on completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), so it's ready to submit when the window opens on Oct. 1st.

September

  • Discuss post-high school and college plans with parents and check the SME College Planning webpage for details on the college application process.
  • Meet with college representatives when they visit SME. Listen for announcements throughout year.
  • Begin college and scholarship applications, KNOW DEADLINES!
  • If you will need a recommendation letter from a counselor and/or teacher, give them plenty of time (minimum of four weeks before your application deadline). See the Frequently Asked Questions tab for more information.

October

  • Attend the SME College Clinic on Oct. 10.
  • Complete admission/scholarship applications for some state universities by Nov. 1

November- December

  • Attend Financial Aid Evening at SM Northwest
  • Check online audit sheets, make sure you are enrolled in the necessary credits to graduate.

January

  • Continue working hard to keep your grades up during your last semester.
  • Apply for Kansas State Scholarships if fulfilled Kansas Scholar Requirements
  • Complete College Now application, AUTHORIZATION FORM, AND ACT SCORE SUBMISSION if taking College Now courses through JCCC.

February-March

  • Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1
  • Take COMPASS exam if attending community college.
  • Register for Advanced Placement Examinations before Spring Break.
  • Notify Student Services of any scholarships, awards offered.

April-May

  • Complete the online Senior Survey in Skyward to indicate which college you want your final transcript to be sent to.
  • Take Advanced Placement Examinations you registered for.
  • Notify Student Services of ALL Grants and Scholarships that have been offered to you even though you may not accept them.
  • Inform selected college of acceptance and intent to enroll.