Getting Started Where You Are

Tools to keep you organized

All One Sky Education clients will receive access to CollegePlannerPro in order schedule meetings, create school lists, maintain updated information and records, manage your keychain of college application passwords, manage college applications and essays, and follow along with One Sky's college planning curriculum. Please contact us if you do not yet have or lost your login credentials.

Detailed Timeline and To-Do's for Grades 9-12 for College Planning

College Admissions Overview for Student Athletes


myHomework: The leading cross-platform student planner
myHomework syncs across devices so you can easily access your classes and assignments anytime and anywhere.

All College Essays

College Push (organizational tool)

Coffitivity (ambient sounds)

Exam Proctor
Exam Proctor by TestMax gives you the ability to simulate an authentic exam day experience for eight of the most popular standardized exams: SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, Bar Exam and TOEFL. 

Studious (Android)

Helpful Apps for Students
 


Handouts

Knowing Yourself, College Match, Chapter 2

What Are You Looking For in a College? College Match, Chapter 3

College Search Process- what are their requirements
Use this blank chart to fill in potential schools, their GPA, SAT, acceptance rates, etc.

Tips for Parents

Understanding the State of Future Careers in the Gig Economy



Grade 9

  • Set academic and extra-curricular goals while becoming acclimated with high school

  • Establish and refine your classroom skills

  • Get involved and develop your passions by joining a club, activity or group

  • Grades matter!  Each year, your grades will be calculated into your cumulative GPA

  • Begin conversations with your family about college expectations including personal finances and preferences

  • Utilize your summer free time to be productive - volunteer, take a course, complete an internship, find a job

Grade 10

  • Remain involved in school and/or community activities

  • Create a resume highlighting strengths and interests

  • Consider taking Subject Tests if you are in advanced-level courses

  • Begin to familiarize yourself with the college admissions process by reading the COLLEGE ADMISSION (Mamlet and Vandevelde) text we will give you in the spring

  • Research – Visit college websites, go on an admissions tour for fun, review guidebooks

  • Make the most of your summer and be intentional with your plans

  • If you are on a vacation or a family trip, visit one or two college campuses to get a feel for how different schools can be from each other

Grade 11

  • Enroll in a challenging, yet appropriate course schedule

  • Begin regular meetings with your college counselor

  • Attend all College Counseling Office Programming

  • Continue to gather and organize college information from a variety of schools

  • Create an initial college list in collaboration with your college counselor and family

  • If applying for financial aid, complete the Net Price Calculator on each college’s website to learn possible grant and loan opportunities

  • Research scholarships

  • Establish a testing plan with your college counselor

  • Take Subject Tests, if appropriate

  • Stay involved and update resume on a regular basis

  • Visit college campuses during the spring break and summer

  • Contact one recommendation writer from an 11th grade core subject teacher

  • Complete the Common Application after August 1st

  • Visual and performance artists should work on portfolios or prepare for auditions

  • Athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Remain intentional with your summer plans

  • Over the summer, draft your personal statement and supplemental essays and review them with your counselor

12th grade

  • Attend College Counseling programming

  • Meet with college representatives that visit your high school

  • Contact a second recommendation writer from a 11th or 12th grade core subject teacher

  • Interview with colleges, if required

  • Continue to visit colleges

  • Finalize college list

  • Take SAT, ACT or Subject Tests, if necessary

  • Stay focused in the classroom

  • Attend regular meetings with your college counselor

  • Prepare college applications and manage deadlines

  • Craft supplemental essays

  • Submit CSS Profile, if required

  • Complete FAFSA form (after Oct. 1)

  • Evaluate schools and compare packages

  • Select one college and deposit by May 1

  • Graduate!

College Planning Guidelines Year-by-Year for Students