College planning

    • Meet with your counselor about your coursework and college plans
    • Stay involved in extracurricular activities
    • Check college websites or Naviance for admission requirements
    • Create a professional email address to use when registering for college entrance exams and completing college applications
    • Attend college fairs and/or college visits at John Champe
      • For college visits, log in to Naviance, click on colleges tab, scroll to college visits and sign up.
      • Fall - LCPS College Fair
      • Fall - NACAC College Fair 
      • Spring - GMU College Fair

    College search

    • Tour local campuses and visit non-local colleges during long weekends, winter or spring breaks; consider campus size, location and academic programs
    • Try on line college fairs and virtual campus tours 
    • Use college scattergrams in Naviance to explore your college options and determine admissability  
    • Prepare your college list, and sort by reach, match and safety schools

    Career planning

    • Attend a local career fair and/or a career technical education fair
      • Heritage HS hosts an Apprenticeship Fair every year
    • Take an online career inventory to help connect your interests and skills with a career
    • Make a list of careers that may interest you and research the education level required for each profession. This can be done in Naviance or also look at the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    • Talk with professionals in careers you are curious about and ask about their work
    • Enhance skills that would be useful in a career of interest through your extracurricular activities or volunteer work



    College Entrance Exams

    • Register and take your first college entrance exam during winter or spring semester so you can take it again fall of senior year, if you want. Keep in mind what you are involved in at the time and choose a test date where you are least stressed and not overly committed.
    • SAT
    • ACT
    • SAT Subject tests, recommended by some colleges for admission and other colleges for placement in certain majors 


    • Prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) exams (if you are taking them). 
    • Plan your senior year schedule with your counselor
    • Review your college preparation coursework and GPA with your counselor
    • Create a list of teachers, coaches and other mentors who will be able to write personalized letters of recommendation

    Prepare for Summer

    • Apply for summer jobs or internships
    • Seek volunteer opportunities in your field of interest
    • Review your SAT/ACT test scores
    • Plan a test preparation schedule if you plan to retake the exams 



    College Application Season Begins

    • Check websites of colleges on your list, review admissions application process and timeline
    • Draft your application essays and/or personal statement; work with an advisor for feedback
    • Prepare a scholarship resume and/or a “brag sheet” that includes all your non-academic activities and honors. This can be done in Naviance.
    • Study for summer/fall college entrance exams (SAT or ACT) if you plan to retake them
    • Communicate with college admission representatives for questions you may have

    College Finances