Junior Newsletter

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  • In second semester of junior year, a newsletter will be posted once a month on or near the 15th providing information pertaining to the college research process, college visits, financial aid, workshop dates, night programs and more. 

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Programs and Workshops

  • Listed below are the programs for Juniors offered for 2020-2021 school year. Materials will be available within a couple of days after the program.

    Please click on each of the titles for more information and to access any program materials.  

Resources

  • The Postsecondary Counselors will start meeting with Juniors in semester 2, as they are helping Seniors in semester 1 with with applying to their postsecondary programs and colleges. There is a timeline in Maia containing activities to complete in semester 2 of Junior year. This checklist houses the bigger tasks that need to be completed during Junior year and provides a timeframe of what you should be working on. Here is how you access the timeline:

     

    • Log in to your Maia Learning account at www.maialearning.com.
    • From your Student Dashboard, scroll down to ‘Activities and Tasks’ and make sure the bubble for ‘College’ is highlighted. 
    • You will then be able to see all of the activities that can be completed during Junior year. 
    • Mark the activities as complete when you have finished them.

     

    It contains required tasks such as the Pre-Appointment Questionnaire, the Letter of Recommendation waiver form, and the Student Questionnaire for School Counselor Letter of Recommendation. It also contains tasks you are encouraged to complete such as attending DHS evening programs, attending a local college fair, signing up for test prep, keeping your college list up to date in Maia, and more. If you are looking for a general timeline for the Junior Year we recommend following this timeline/to-do checklist.

     

    Standardized Testing
    Tell me more about official SAT/ACT exams in the spring?
    At this point, most members of the class of 2021 have been unable to test due to local ordinances and test centers closing. Luckily for them, more than half of the colleges in the US are either already test optional or have recently jumped on the test optional bandwagon.

    What does this mean for the class of 2022?   At this point it is impossible to know if testing centers will be able to open safely in the spring for our juniors. The good news is that many colleges are committing to test optional for three years, and others are sticking with it for good.  Others have been test optional forever and this is nothing new to them.  We recommend keeping an eye on Fair Test’s list of test optional colleges, which is updated regularly.  Be sure to review the key code at the bottom of the list for school specific details.  They update their Top Tier” Schools Deemphasizing the ACT/SAT list regularly as well.

    PRO TIP:  Always consider third party resources as useful, but not the last word.  We HIGHLY recommend that you visit college websites for all details regarding their test optional policies.

    Due to the uncertainty of official testing in the spring, we still recommend that you take advantage of the practice exams.  Compass Test Prep offers students the opportunity to self-proctor practice tests at home, and to take proctored practice tests supervised by an online proctor via Zoom.  You can also find practice exams online from ACT or SAT.  Please note that these will be unofficial options that will not be officially scored by the CollegeBoard or the ACT.

    We also recommend that families make use of free prep services with Khan Academy for the SAT and with ACT Academy for the ACT.  

     

     
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