Introduce yourself to your counselor! They are in the front hallways in the mornings. Stop by before or after school, during your lunch or study hall. 
    Introduce yourself to Mrs. Wood !
    Follow the FHS Counseling Department and College and Career Center on Twitter @fhsfhythenest 
    Check your LCPS gmail address daily! All communication will do through that address.
    Be great. Be gracious. Be grateful! 
    Print this calendar off and post it somewhere where you will see it :) 


    • Attend College Fairs and College Visits to Freedom- Sign up for visits on SchooLinks
    • Study for the PSAT
    • Research careers, majors and colleges that interest you on SchooLinks and our other resources


    • Visit colleges on school holidays, book a tour early!
    • PSAT 


    • Make a Standardized Test Action Plan.  Look at your PSAT scores- it will give you a good idea where your strengths and weaknesses are
    • Early Action or Early Decision applications? You will need to take the SAT and/or ACT this spring and possibly again in early fall
    • In your testing plan include which AP tests & SAT Subject tests and decide if a prep course would be beneficial to you


    • Ensure that you will graduate. Grades are extremely important in your Junior Year
    • Register for ACT and/or SATs in the Spring
    • Register Early for Spring Break College Visits. These fill up fast! 


    • Meet with your counselor- One on one meetings start in February for post high school planning and course selection
    • Develop your Senior year course schedule. Colleges look to see if you are taking challenging and rigorous classes
    • Make your college list. Look for schools that not only match you academically but also geographically, socially and culturally
    • Make sure you will meet any special requirements (NCAA, Military Academies, etc.) 


    • Attend our College Night and the Dulles South College Panel event
    • Research and decide which colleges you should get more information from and/or visit them during Spring Break
    • Let your counselor know which schools you are interested in; are you likely to be admitted?
    • Talk with your parents about cost and finances


    • Visit Colleges during Spring Break
    • Work on your resume in SchooLinks.
    • Look for a job, internship, and/or volunteer opportunities for this summer


    • Study and take AP exams 
    • Run for a leadership role for your senior year in clubs you are involved in
    • Think about who you will ask to write your recommendations.  11th grade core classes teachers are a desirable choice 


    • Make a calendar with all your college application deadlines
    • If needed, start preparing your portfolios, writing samples and other evidence of talent


    • Narrow your college list
    • Work on your resume in SchooLinks
    • Study and focus on areas where you need to improve in your standardized testing in the summer and/or fall before application deadlines
    • The Common and Coalition Applications open 


    • Finalize your list of schools- approximately 5-7 with at least one academic safety school and one financial safety school
    • Organize your dates and deadlines 
    • Work on your essays
Last Modified on June 10, 2024