From final exams to social engagements, a high school student’s life
can be hectic and filled with daily, weekly, and monthly commitments.
If you are a high school student or the proud parent of one, then it’s
so important that between all of these commitments, you find time to consider
plans for future
academic success in college. To get you started, here is a college prep timeline for high
Start Budgeting Early On
Many college prep school students think that the majority of
college planning happens towards the end of high school; however, many decisions can be
made early on. During freshman year, begin preparing for college by establishing
a budget and placing all savings in a college fund over the next four years.
Build Up Your Student Resume
In addition to getting good grades at your prep school, it is essential
that you participate in extracurricular activities like sports and volunteering
in order to appear more attractive to colleges. Make the most of your
freshman, sophomore, and junior year summers by becoming engaged in your
Sign Up for and Take Appropriate Exams
During your 11
th and 12
th years as a prep school student, you should sign up for and take appropriate
college entrance exams such as the SAT and the ACT. College counselors
and your college preparatory school can assist you in selecting the right
test for each school you are thinking of applying to.
Meet Counselors and Prepare Applications
Schedule frequent meetings with college counselors during your third and
fourth years in order to establish a plan for applying. Once you settle
on a list of schools, he or she can see to it that you put together all
of the paperwork necessary before sending in the applications before each
Here at Orinda Academy, each of our
prep school students has access to services that will assist them with every step of the college
application process. Our advisors and college counselors have helped past
graduates continue their educations at the schools of their choosing for
over three decades. Call (925) 478-4504 to learn more about our prep school.