FCS College Planning Chronology

Grade 9

Personal & Academic Growth
  • Transition to high school
  • Develop time management and study skills
  • Explore extracurricular interests
College Preparation
  • Course selection

Grade 11

Personal & Academic Growth
  • Deepen academic interests
  • Develop leadership skills
College Preparation & Search
  • Standardized testing
  • (PSAT/SAT/ACT) consider test prep class or tutoring
  • Self reflection and college search Begin individual meetings with FCS college counselor in January
  • College visits (long weekends and spring break)
  • Develop College List
  • Summer - college visits/essay writing/initial application work

Grade 10

Personal & Academic Growth
  • Solidify academic skills
  • Deepen extracurricular involvements
College Preparation
  • PSAT in October (optional)
  • Course selection
  • SAT subject tests (for some)

Grade 12

Personal & Academic Growth
  • Deepen academic interests
  • Assume leadership roles
  • Independent inquiry (Senior Project)
College Preparation & Search
  • Complete standardized testing
  • Finalize applications and essays
  • Apply to colleges
    • Sept/Oct - public institutions
    • Nov - early decision
    • Jan - all applications
  • Apply for financial aid (Feb)
  • Enrollment decision (May 1)