Junior Planning Workshops

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The purpose of Junior Planning Workshops is to prepare all juniors for their individual post high school choices. Assigned classes will meet each

Wednesday during the 3rd quarter. Attendance is mandatory and will be taken. Topics for this workshop series will include:

  • Understanding the college application process
  • Researching colleges and technical/vocational schools (Naviance, College Board)
  • Understanding requirements for admissions
  • Filing out an application (Common Application or another application dependent on student's individual goals)
  • Writing a resume
  • Interview skills
  • Financial aid

Course Outline

1/31 – Course Overview,Course Registration
2/7 – MOCK Admissions
2/14 – Naviance - College Search, create list of schools interested in, resume, brag sheet (Optional: military/technical school search)
2/21 – Naviance Cont.
2/28 - Naviance Cont.
3/7 – Common Application- Register and begin
3/15 – Common Application- Cont.
3/28 – Common Application- Cont.
4/4– Wrap-up

Workshop Assignment Checklist (pdf)

Week #1

Junior Planning Overview/Course Selection Overview/PSAT

1.      Overview of the class

            a.   Review class syllabus

            b.   Review Junior Planning Workshop website

2.      Review Course Selection process for Grade 11


1. Continue to register for classes on PowerSchool and talk with teachers. 

Student Portal  Video instructions

2. Complete Post High School Options Sheet (pdf) with parents 

Week #2

College Admissions Information

1. Admissions Overview - testing, visiting, deadlines, application materials, college rep visits etc.

  • Admissions process
  • Parts of an application packet - ‘Who Sends What to Colleges’
  • Deadlines- ED, EA, Priority, RD, Rolling  
  • Post High School options- degrees vs certificates
  • Informational resources- Fiske, Barron’s, Rugg’s and Insider’s Guide
  • Transcript Request process
  • College Rep visits
  • Career Center support

Transcript Request Form (pdf)

Admissions Terminology (pdf)

Mock Admissions

Students will break into groups and serve as a college admissions panel. Each group will be given an assortment of student profiles and will need to decide who is the best candidate based upon the students' applications.

Week #3

College Search 

Optional Assignment: Military or Technical School Research 

College Search Worksheet: Reach, Target, Favorable

Explore the Military Worksheet

Explore a Technical School/Career Worksheet

Complete college search, technical school or military worksheet

Week #4

College Search continued

Optional Assignment: Military or Technical School Research

Complete college search, technical school or military worksheet

Week #5

College Search continued

Optional Assignment: Military or Technical School Research

Complete college search, technical school or military worksheet

Week #6

Common Application

Create an account and begin completing: Commonapp.org

Common App Ready: http://www.commonapp.org/ready - This series of packaged presentations and resource documents covers every aspect of the application, from account creation through submission.

Common App onTrack, a mobile companion to the online application

  • The mobile app will become a vital tool for students to view and edit their college lists, receive timely reminders so as not to miss any important deadlines, and view the status of submitted applications. For your information, we have posted a preview video of the mobile app. 

Account Rollover

Upon that first sign in, we’ll ask if you would like to roll over your account. If you answer yes, we’ll take you through a few quick steps to confirm the following:

  • Your role (current applicant, other student, counselor, parent, etc.)
  • Your current high school
  • Your communication opt-in selection
  • Your acceptance of our Privacy Policy
  • Your previous My Colleges list

What information will carry over from one year to the next?

We will preserve the answers you provided to any questions that appear in the six sections of the “Common App” tab: Profile, Family, Education, Testing, Activities, and Writing.

Is there any information that will not carry over?

Yes. The following information will not carry over:

  • Any information you may have entered for college-specific Questions and Writing Supplements
  • Your Release Authorization and FERPA selection
  • Any Recommender invitations, assignments, and forms
  • PDFs of Common Applications and Writing Supplements submitted the prior year
  • Responses to any questions that have been removed since the prior year
  • Responses to any questions that may have a different format or different response options from the prior year

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

Week #7

Common Application continued


Week #8

SAT Test Day - No Class

Week #9

Common Application continued


Week #10

Admissions &  Wrap-Up

  • Create or update Resume via Naviance
  • Complete any outstanding assignments

1. Complete any outstanding items on Junior Planning Workshop Checklist
2. Review Common Application essays for English classes.

Informational Links

 SAT/ACT Preparation

Khan Academy


College Board's SAT Practice Booklet

College Board's SAT Practice Test

West Hartford Public Library If you have a WH Public Library Card, Click on Tests-Academic & Employment. Follow login instructions. Select subject to view test prep materials available. Proceed with Practice Test or Skill Improvement Course.

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