• Junior Year Success Guide THRIVE Gilbert Public Schools

Junior Year Credit Check-In | Review your 4-year plan for Senior Year

  • This is a good time to check your transcript and credit checks to make sure you are on track for graduation as well as meeting the admissions criteria for any schools you will be submitting applications to in the fall.

    Make sure you sit down with your counselor and discuss your future plans so they can help best advise you.

    This is your last chance to take AP, Dual Enrollment or Honors classes. The level of rigor you take in high school is often a consideration in college acceptance and scholarship awards.

    Consider your college admissions and program of study when deciding on Dual Enrollment versus AP. AZTransfer is a great tool to see how these courses will transfer to our in-state universities.

    Note: If you are applying out-of-state, you need to check with each university to see their policy for dual enrollment credit acceptance and what AP scores are awarded core credit. 

    Discuss your course selections with parents/guardians/teachers/advisors. Ask the experts of the classes and the people that know you the best what they would recommend.  Plus, discussing your plans and goals with people can help hold you accountable.

    Choose your course requests carefully. Double-check that your requests are correct and legible (if you are submitting your requests on paper). You do not want to have to wait in long lines in the fall trying to get a schedule change for something that could have been avoided. Be sure you register for all classes that are requirements for graduation next year.   

Research College Entrance and Applications

  • It is important that you understand the entry requirements for all of the universities or colleges that you are interested in applying to as they can vary from state to state.  You also should begin looking at the applications to ensure you are aware of what you need to accomplish early in senior year. Each college within a university may have its own additional GPA or test score requirements. Meet with your counselor or career center team to discuss what you plan to major in so they can help you be on track.

Sign up for the ACT and/or SAT

Personal Statements & College Essays

Review In-state and Out-of-state University Entrance Requirements

  • It is important that you know what the entry requirements are for all of the universities you are planning to apply to.

    You don’t want to find out too late that you don’t qualify. Take the time to look up each university/college and check their undergraduate entry requirements. Double-check your high school transcript and course requests for each year to ensure you are on track in meeting these. 

PSAT/NMSQT Information

  • The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitute Test) is a great primer for the SAT, but it is so much more than a trial run!  PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships.  More than 3.4 million high school students take this nationwide, multiple-choice test every year.   

    The best way to study for the SAT is by using your PSAT results from October to focus specifically on the particular areas you need to improve. Your PSAT results can provide you with a personalized study plan if you link them with Khan Academy – the official test prep site for College Board. In addition, you can read about and take practice SAT tests on the CollegeBoard website.

Continue Your Career Research & Exploring Post-Grad Options

  • Did you know that each high school has a Career Center Coordinator and/or College and Career Liaison that can help you think about options for life after high school?

    They are great people to know and can get you better connected to opportunities like field trips, guest speakers, job shadows, college visits, etc. Take some time and go introduce yourself.

    Meet Your High School Career Center Coordinator and/or College and Career Liaisons 

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Ready for a Challenge?

  • If you're already involved in clubs or activities, consider taking on a leadership role this year!

Last Modified on April 9, 2024