11th Grade Checklist
- Meet with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track and taking classes needed for graduation.
- Maintain A and B grades. This is especially important during the junior year.
- Make sure your taking classes that will prepare you for applying to college. UC/CSU admissions requirements.
- Meet with a counselor and plan to make up any D’s or F’s you've earned.
- In October register for the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) and take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program.
- Extracurriculars...decide once and for all what's important and what you can leave behind.
- When you really get to know a teacher, he or she will be able to speak to your true character and your strengths, not just your score on the last exam. Remember you may be asking for letters of recommendation as a senior applying to college
- Try a college search by signing into your CONNECT EDU account or check out the College Board to do a search. You are a different person than you were last year.
- Start touring local universities and colleges. Try and visit at least one campus.
- Expect your PSAT scores to arrive in early January—identify areas of difficulty and get help.
- Do your best on the California Standards Test (CST). Make sure that you answer the supplemental items which comprise the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) in mathematics and English Language Arts. The results of these tests will signal your readiness for college-level English & math and help you make the best use of your senior year to prepare.
- Things to know: students whose EAP math/English status indicates that they are "ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level mathematics courses—Conditional" have demonstrated readiness at this point in time for math/English at the CSU. However, they will need to take the appropriate math course in the senior year to ensure that they continue to be ready.
- Students designated as "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level math/English courses—Conditional" can meet the CSU entry level requirement by successfully completing approved courses during the senior year.
- Ways to meet the entry level mathematics requirement in senior year
- Ways to meet the entry level English requirement in senior year
- Attend a local college fair like the San Francisco National College Fair. See tips for attending the fair.
- Make your summer plans. Maybe take a college-level course. Check out summer options.
- Start visiting colleges and take notes.
- Find out what you need to know about applying for financial aid
- Find out what you need to know about scholarships.
- Begin thinking about when to take college entrance exams (SAT or ACT). If you take the exam in the spring or summer, you will receive the results in time to determine if you need to retake the test in the fall. Discuss this with your counselor. Register for the exam one month before the test date. Learn more about the test and how to register.
- Contact colleges to request information and applications for admission. Ask about financial aid, admission requirements, and deadlines.
- Prepare for the SAT or ACT by reviewing books with testing tips and sample questions. These can be found in bookstores, libraries, and schools, or accessed on the internet. Attend a workshop on how to prepare for these entrance exams. Financial aid may be available for some workshops or for the test fee.
- Take action searching for scholarships. To learn about scholarships for SFUSD seniors, please visit ConnectEDU.
- By this time, you know the student you are. Begin refining your college lists.
- Find a college that fits you.
- College rankings—another avenue of research
- A word about safety schools.
- Narrow down the list of colleges you are considering attending. If you can, visit the schools that interest you. Use ConnectEDU to create a college list.
- Think about application essays or personal statements.
- Are you interested in a HBCU?
- Community college can be a smart alternative. Explore reasons to attend a community college, including using it as a transfer pathway to 4-year university.