Junior Jump-Start Guide

Preparing for "Life after Central High School"

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Get to know your CHS Counselor & make sure you are on track with your graduation plan

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Work Hard and Dream Big

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Monitor your Academic Progress, Rank & GPA

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Expand your involvement in...

Prepare for college admission requirements

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Benefits of Taking the PSAT

The PSAT test is recommended for all college-bound Juniors, because...

  • …it is FREE. The cost of the test is covered by SAISD.
  • ...it is valuable practice. This testing opportunity can help students become familiar with the testing format, and learn how to pace themselves on a college entrance exam.
  • ...the results shows students how they compare to other college-bound students in Texas.
  • ...the results provide excellent feedback on a student's strengths and weaknesses.
  • ...the results offers tips on how to improve scores on a future SAT test.
  • ...provides Juniors with an chance to qualify as a National Merit Scholar or Commended Scholar, resulting in improved college admission and scholarship opportunities.

CHS Juniors are scheduled to take this test (free of charge) in Mid-October of each year. Juniors enrolled in advanced academic classes Students are encouraged to prepare for this test at the PrepSTEP website. SAISD has paid the site license for our students to use this website free of charge. You can email your counselor or the CHS Librarian for the PrepSTEP password information.

Come to the Counseling Center if you need assistance...

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If you need a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) for your driver's license application, you can complete a VOE Request form at the front counter of the Counseling Center.
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Military Related Information

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Exploring College & Career Options

Junior year is a good time to...

Research your prospective college(s)

A College Search Engine can be useful in identifying the colleges/universities that meet your preferences (degree programs, location, size, sports programs, etc.)

Once you have identified several options, it is recommended that you visit each College's website. These websites offer a wealth of information about the college's admissions requirements, programs of study, extra curricular activities, summer programs for high school students, etc. Students should utilize these websites to thoroughly investigate their prospective colleges, in order to narrow down their top choices.

Most college websites also exhibit promotional videos on Youtube or at the college's website. Here are a few examples of these types of videos: A&M, Angelo State, Baylor, Howard College, Tarleton State, Texas State, Texas Tech, The University of Texas, UTSA, etc.

Finally, you can attend college fairs, including virtual fairs such as CollegeWeekLive or in-person-fairs, such as Concho Valley College Night (usually held in early October).

Plan a College Visit

Juniors & Seniors are allowed to have 2 college visit days per year. If proof is provided (i.e. excuse note on college letterhead) to your CHS Attendance Clerk, these absences are excused and will not count against you for final exam exemption purposes. To plan/register for this visit, you can use the search words: "College Visit" within website of your prospective university.
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Register for College Entrance Exams

Take the SAT & ACT

Four year universities require students to submit college entrance exam scores. CHS recommends that college-bound students take the SAT and/or ACT by the Spring of 11th grade, or at the completion of Algebra 2 (whichever comes first). By doing so, you will have time to re-test, if necessary. You can register online for the SAT or ACT. Be sure to send your scores to your prospective college(s).

More information about SAT/ACT dates, fees, & registration is available at Counseling Center's page of the CHS website.

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Develop a personal Resume

In your Senior year, some of your college and scholarship applications may require letters of recommendation. Therefore, students are encouraged to identify at least 3 people who would be willing to write a positive letter of recommendation. Plan to give each of these individuals a copy of your personal resume. Listed below are ideas of what to include in your personal resume. Ask your counselor if you would like to see a sample.

Your Resume should document your...

Becoming eligible to play collegiate sports

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Pre-Register for your Senior Courses

When you select your classes for your Senior year, be sure to...
  • ...take challenging courses that will prepare you for the rigor of college. CHS offers a variety of Pre-AP, AP, and dual credit courses. Get advice from your parents, teachers, and counselor if you are not sure which type of course is right for you.
  • ...be realistic with regard to your overall work load and consider the time commitments of your extra-curricular activities.
  • ...select electives that will prepare you for your chosen career field.
  • ...consider talking additional elective courses instead of maximizing your home passes. High School is the last time that you can take classes for free, so take advantage of the opportunity.
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