Timeline and Process
College Planning Timeline
Please select the appropriate year below:
Freshmen - Become a Man of Avon
Welcome to Avon! The best advice the college office can give you right now is to engage fully in all that Avon has to offer.
- Explore your extracurricular interests - develop a sense of yourself outside of the classroom. What kind of community citizen do you want to be?
- Join a team, audition for a play, pick up an instrument, take an art class.
- Seek out ways to give back to the school and the community
Thinking ahead academically - “How do I get there from here?”
- Ask yourself what your short and long term academic goals are: can you reach them on your current path? What might need to change? What do you want your transcript to look like when you graduate?
- Pursue academic challenge (honors/AP classes) where appropriate. Balance rigor with achievement!
- Explore each of the disciplines fully: all 5 core courses all 4 years is the goal.
- Take the electives (especially in the arts) that interest you.
- Consider Online Courses in the summer to advance or support your achievement.
Sophomores - Aspire and Persevere
Now it’s time to push yourself in and out of the classroom. What can you do better, more deeply, and with greater engagement?
- Be in clubs that interest you, stay in them, and think about leadership roles in the future.
- Are you a friend your peers like to be around? Do you do things the right way?
- Look at the upperclassmen who are leaders of the school. What behaviors do they have that you could adopt?
- Talk to your advisor about your community goals.
Academically - “Am I where I want to be and heading where I want to go?”
- Are you taking full advantage of Enrichment? If you gave your classes more time and effort, could your grades improve?
- Are there areas of interest and success where you could push to Honors or AP level? Balance rigor with achievement!
- Talk to your advisor and teachers about ways to improve or grow further.
- PSAT in the fall is good practice and preparation. Lean into it!
- Fully engage in owning your successes and struggles. Grow and learn!
Juniors - Strike the Drumhead!
Now is when you must be active and intentional in thinking about what’s after Avon.
- Make sure you are in classes that challenge you, but also in which you can also achieve.
- Make sure you are invested in a club or two of substance that engages you.
- Seek out ways to contribute to your community (volunteer, blood drives, Nimrod).
- Take the PSAT seriously in October.
- Schedule to take the SAT and ACT in December as benchmark tests.
- Take the SAT and ACT in December. Let your college counselor know your results in January.
- Register for February ACT and March SAT.
- You will be assigned a counselor in December with first meetings in January. You’ll start building lists, thinking about fit, and considering who you are as an applicant.
- Your courses for your senior year matter. Continues to push ahead while being mindful of achievement.
- Visit colleges over March Break.
- Register for April ACT and May SAT.
- How you end this year really matters. Focus on schoolwork above all else.
- Engage in the College Fair - first impressions can make or break an applicant!
- Engage in the Junior College Planning Seminar - your parents should come too!
- Refine your list, ask teachers for recommendations, complete your Common Application.
- Plan summer travel to visit schools. Do something for the summer: job, research, internship. Family travel and sports aren’t enough.
Seniors - Fly the Banner!
You are the leaders of the school. That comes with privilege and responsibility. Model for the juniors how to go through this process.
Completing the College Process:
- Pay attention to deadlines, requirements, expectations, and communication from the college office and from the colleges.
- Colleges are admitting adults! They expect you to be in charge of this process and managing it maturely.
- Check your email, respond in a timely and professional manner, communicate with your counselor.
- Keep Scoir up to date.
- Do well in your classes!
Beyond the College Process:
- Soak in every minute of your senior year.
- Spend time with your friends.
- Attend every big game you can.
- Lean in rather than away. You’ll never get this time back.