Life After High School 
    What's Next ?
    The Military 
    • Visit SchooLinks; work on your resume and career path 
    • See our Military page
    • If you are going to enlist, contact your recruiter.
    • If you are trying for one of the Academies, secure your nomination(s) from a Congressman, Senator or the Vice President, Take the Candidate Fitness Assessment CFA. Submit the preliminary application. The application is out in May, due in October of your Senior Year.
    • Take the SATs/ACTs. See Standardized Tests
    • For both Enlistment and the Academies- Get and Stay in shape and Take the ASVAB test  
    Working after high school
    • Visit SchooLinks often; work on your resume and career path
    • Discuss finances with your family. Who will pay for what?
    • Get a job; the experience will help you decide what you want to do. 
    • See Career Resources 
    Gap Year
    • Visit SchooLinks often; work on your resume and career path 
    • Do your research; understand what it means to take a true GAP year 
    • Attend a Gap Year Fair  USA Gap Year Fairs
    • See Career Resources 
    • Consider applying to college and deferring your admission for a year 
    • Discuss finances with your family; who will pay for what? 
    2 year College
    4 year College or University
    • Visit SchooLinks often; work on your resume, career path and college planning
    • See Career Resources 
    • See College Planning 
    • Visit the school(s) you are interested in
    • Attend information sessions, college fairs and college visits to Freedom
    • Discuss your budget for college with your family and see Financial Aid
    • Take Standardized Tests 
    • Seniors: 
      • Make your list of schools- 5-7 with at least one academic safety and one financial safety school.
      • Who will you ask to write you recommendation(s)? Have your resume ready for them. 
      • Start working on your essays. Have 1-2 drafts ready to share when you return in the fall.
      • Review your SAT/ACT scores: Will you need to take them again? How about SAT IIs?
      • Make a difference! Get a Job or volunteer. Colleges may ask how you spent your summer.
      • Register for the Common Application; start filling it out and get familiar with the questions and essays.
      • Are you an athlete? Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
      • Visit colleges! The best way to get that "right fit" is to be on campus. 

    A Website for planning your next steps. Next Step is a magazine produced for students and parents about preparing for life after high school. Link to this website.

    What Interests You?

    Provides links to career options by selecting areas of interest to you.


Last Modified on February 21, 2024