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    Welcome BHS Juniors!

    Junior Year Career and College Planning Checklist


     Review your course schedule--take the most challenging and appropriate classes for your abilities.
     Stay involved in extracurricular activities—balance fun with academics.
     Continue developing your college list with the name of schools you might apply—complete the My Thoughts on College worksheet to help you.

     Use the following websites to help in your career and college search:


     Keep studying hard—junior year grades are really important for colleges to see.
     Take the PSAT (October) Attend the National College Fair (November)
     Attend presentations by college representatives visiting BHS (in Career and Counseling Center.)


     Keep your grades up--use any resources available to help you get the most out of your classes.
     Continue gathering information about potential colleges you might apply to senior year.


     Incorporate studying for the ACT or SAT in your daily work.
     Check grades and seek help for academic areas you may be struggling with now.


     Plan your classes for senior year—check in with your counselor.
     Review your PSAT results and determine if you might benefit from SAT prep.
     Keep studying for the ACT or SAT


     Make the end of the 1st semester a good one—keep studying/working!
     Plan your ACT or SAT test taking schedule for this Spring and the Fall of senior year.
     Start researching summer opportunities including internships, jobs, volunteer work, summer programs, etc.


     Take the SAT scheduled at Ballard High School.
     Register for any ACT, SAT or SAT Subject tests for this Spring and the Fall of senior year, if you have not already.
     Attend any Spring college fairs


     Check grades and keep working hard.
     Visit colleges during Spring Break or continue researching them online during your time off.
     Start a writing folder making your initial responses to essay prompts for college applications. Use the prompts from the Common Application, University of Washington or other colleges, if available on their websites.


     Prepare a resume, use the Activities Log worksheet to help
     Possible ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests to take
     Take the AP exams, if appropriate


     Finish out your classes on a positive note.
     Take any ACT, SAT or SAT Subject Tests you may have scheduled.
     Contact two teachers who know you well and ask if they would write a recommendation letter—make sure to give them a copy of your resume.


    Resources are posted as they become available. Visit the SPS Helping Students Prepare for High School Graduation and Become College/Career Ready page.

    Service Learning Information

    The Service Learning graduation requirement is 60-hours. For more information and current service learning opportunities please visit BHS Service Learning.