Timeline

  • Focus on your academics and do as well as you can in all your courses.
  • Learn time management and study skills.
  • Explore your extracurricular interests. Consider joining a club, sport, theatrical production, school publication, community service project, or internship.
  • Take time to meet with your teachers outside of class if you have questions or if you are curious about other ideas related to the class. This shows teachers you are interested in learning.
  • Participate in the life of the classroom to stay engaged with your teacher and your peers. Citizenship and leadership are important within your learning communities as well as extracurricular activities.
  • Learn to balance the demands of your academics, extracurricular interests, and social life.
  • Meet with your advisor if you have questions or concerns about your academic and extracurricular endeavors.
  • Continue to build the skills highlighted in 9th Grade.
  • Take the PSAT in October. Brentwood will register you for the test. You do not have to prepare for this exam administered during the school day.
  • In the fall, you and your peers will meet with your college counselor as a group to review what you should be doing in the 10th Grade.
  • Mandatory for parents and guardians even
  • Be sure to register for our spring two-day 10th Grade West Coast College Tour.
  • In the spring, you will meet individually with your college counselor to select and register for 11th Grade courses and to get to know one another.
  • Continue to develop solid relationships with your teachers because they may be the cornerstones of your college application process.
  • Be productive over the summer. Consider engaging in community service, getting a job or internship, or taking courses at the college level. If you need ideas, meet with your college counselor and explore the Summer Opportunities Guide.
  • Continue to focus on your classes.
  • Continue with your extracurricular activities, but also consider making time to explore new interests.
  • You will meet with your college counselor in early spring to determine your college search criteria.
  • Continue developing solid relationships with your teachers.
  • By the end of your junior year, you should have taken the SAT or ACT. Your college counselor will help you develop a testing plan.
  • Be productive over the summer!

Important Events for the Year
September
  • Juniors can meet with three college admission officers who visit on campus.

October

  • Take the PSAT administered on campus. We will register you. Many juniors choose to start SAT or ACT prep over the summer and so are more prepared for this October assessment. These scores are not reported to colleges.
  • Optional: evening program for college-bound student-athletes.
  • Mandatory for parents and guardians: evening program about the college admission process.
  • Future recruited student-athletes should begin preparing for January and March standardized tests. Speak to your college counselor and Ms. Serrins for individualized advice.
November
  • Register for our East Coast College Tour.
December/January
  • Initiate formal preparation leading up to March SAT or April ACT.
  • Student-Athletes who hope to be recruited should take an SAT or ACT in January, February, or March, or as advised.
  • Mandatory evening college program for families with guest admissions Deans and Directors.
  • Mandatory Junior College Planning retreat off campus during a regular school day.
February/March
  • Individual student meetings with your college counselors to choose and to discuss your 12th Grade schedule and to build a college list.

April

  • Optional 11th Grade East Coast College Tour
  • Spring Break is a great time to visit college campuses, near or far, in order to become familiar with different size institutions and their programs.
  • Mandatory family meetings to discuss college research and develop a working list of schools.
  • Mandatory Case Studies and College Fair program for families. Over 40 guest Admissions Officers will be on campus.
May/June
  • Final SAT and ACT administrations for the school year.
  • Ask your teachers for recommendation letters. Speak to your college counselor in advance.
  • Complete your Junior Reflection Sheet. Remember that your college counselor will use your Junior Reflection Sheet in assembling your school recommendation.
  • Register for our 12th Grade College Essay Workshop, a two-day program in early August.

Your senior year grades are reported to colleges, so be sure to continue working hard.

Important Events for the Year
August
  • Begin online application for University of California campuses.
  • Participate in our College Essay Workshop, a two-day program in August.
September/October
  • Mandatory evening program for parents and guardians.
  • Optional individual family meetings to discuss applications as necessary.
  • SAT and ACT administration, typically the final possible administration for all early application programs.
  • Seniors attend daytime sessions to meet visiting college admissions counselors and to hear about various institutions. See the full list of past colleges here.
  • Solidify a list of colleges to which you will apply under Early Action, Early Decision, Rolling, or any other Fall deadline admissions program.
  • Optional: Arrange interviews, auditions, portfolio reviews, class visits, campus visits, and overnight visits.
  • Work closely with your college counselor on application essays and materials.
November
  • Early applications are due November 1.
  • Application to University of California Campuses is due November 30.
  • Optional: Arrange interviews, auditions, portfolio reviews, class visits, campus visits, and overnight visits.
  • Check applicant portals and email accounts regularly to make sure your materials have been received.
  • SAT and ACT administration.
  • Work closely with your college counselor on application essays and materials.
December/January
  • Decisions for most early applications are released.
  • Work closely with your college counselor on application essays and materials.
  • Regular Decision applications and Early Decision II applications are due January 1.
March
  • Check applicant portals and email accounts regularly to make sure your materials have been received.
  • Final admissions decisions will be released by early April.
April
  • Attend admitted student programs and receptions!
May
  • May 1 is the national deadline for depositing. Choose one school and submit your enrollment deposit!
  • Graduate and celebrate!

June

  • Focus on strong AP exam scores to receive college credit and placement.