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Grade 9 • Freshman Year

  • Create a four-year high school plan.
    • Students should meet with their advisor or a college counselor to map out a plan of study for the next four years.
    • Students should take the most challenging courses appropriate for them.
    • Maintain solid grades.
  • Get involved with extra-curricular activities in and outside of WMA with an eye towards commitment and leadership.
  • Make connections with faculty, coaches, and advisors.
  • Do something productive over the summer.
  • Employment, internship, academic program, community service, travel
  • READ!

Grade 10 • Sophomore Year

  • Continue to stay focused on academic coursework.
    • Maintain solid grades.
    • Look for challenges.
  • Continue to stay involved with extra-curricular activities in and outside of WMA.
    • The quality of involvement is more important than the number of activities.
  • Make connections with faculty, coaches, and advisors
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. 
    •  The PSAT is offered at Wilbraham & Monson Academy during the school day for all sophomores and juniors.
    •  PSAT scores are not forwarded to colleges, and it is a great way to become familiar with the SAT format.
  • Register, if appropriate, for SAT Subject Tests
    •  Some colleges require SAT Subject Tests for admission, and it is smart to take those tests just as you've finished the relevant courses.
    •  Students should speak to their teacher or a college counselor if they think they should take a Subject Test.
  • Attend Sophomore Seminar during the spring trimester.
    • Sophomores meet once a week in a small-group setting with a college counselor to discuss the college counseling process at WMA and begin career- and self-assessment. Students are also introduced to the software, Naviance/Family Connection, which is used to help manage the college search and application process.
  • Students should choose the most challenging courses appropriate for them during their upcoming junior year.
  • Do something productive over the summer.
    • Employment, internship, academic program, community service, travel
  • READ!

Grade 11 • Junior Year

Fall
  • Continue to stay focused on academic coursework.
    • Maintain solid grades.
    • Look for challenges.
  • Continue to stay involved with extra-curricular activities in and outside of WMA.
    • The quality of involvement is more important than the number of activities.
  • Make connections with faculty, coaches, and advisors
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October.
    • The PSAT is offered at Wilbraham & Monson Academy during the school day for all sophomores and juniors.
    • PSAT scores are not forwarded to colleges, and it is a great way to become familiar with the SAT format.
    • In the junior year, scores are used to identify students for the National Merit Scholarship.
Winter
  • Princeton Review SAT Prep course is offered at WMA throughout the winter and spring trimesters in preparation for the May SAT.
  • Attend Junior Seminar during the winter trimester.
    • Juniors meet once a week in a small-group setting with a college counselor to look in depth at the college search and preparation process. Topics include: initial building of students' college lists, application types, the college admission process, college campus visits, and writing the college essay.
  • Students are assigned to a specific college counselor and should schedule a minimum of 3 individual meetings with their college counselor.
    • Discuss colleges of interest and begin to develop a well balanced college list.
Spring
  • Students should visit colleges of interest during their spring vacation.
  • Students should continue to meet individually with their college counselor.
  • Register for standardized tests.
    • SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT.
    • Discuss with college counselor which tests are appropriate.
  • By the end of the trimester, students should have created a preliminary college list with their college counselor and parents to explore over the summer.
  • Students should consider which teachers they might ask to write letters of recommendation on their behalf.
  • Student-athletes must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Summer
  • Visit colleges.
  • Students should review application requirements of colleges they are considering applying to.
  • Consider essay topics and begin writing college essays.
  • Do something productive over the summer.
    • Employment, internship, academic program, community service, travel.
  • READ!

Grade 12 • Senior Year

Fall
  • Attend Senior Seminar during the fall trimester.
    • Seniors meet once a week in a small group setting with a college counselor to discuss the college application procedures at WMA.
    • Seniors also finalize their college applications and their college essays during Senior Seminar.    
  • Seniors should continue to meet individually with their college counselor.
    • Seniors should work with their counselor to effectively manage their college applications in regards to deadlines and all application requirements.
  • Seniors need to ask two academic teachers, preferably from their junior or senior year, for recommendations.
  • Take advantage of meeting with college representatives on the WMA campus or during college visits off our campus.
  • Register for standardized tests
  • Finalize Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision application plan with college counselor
  • Submit college applications and required standardized test scores with the assistance of College Counseling
  • Consider any local, regional or national merit scholarships
  • Seniors who matriculated to WMA after 9th grade should request an official transcript from their previous school
  • Continue to take academic and extra-curricular activities seriously – NO Senioritis!
Winter
  • Parents can apply for federal financial aid online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov and for institutional financial aid by completing a CSS/Financial Aid Profile at www.collegeboard.com/parent/pay
  • Finalize and submit all college applications ahead of deadlines.  Submit required standardized test scores
  • Maintain strong academic approach and preparation
  • College Counseling to submit winter term grades
  • ED and EA applicants learn of college decisions
Spring
  • Discuss offers of admission with parents and college counselor
  • Make an informed decision and select your best fit college option
  • Send enrollment agreement and deposit!
  • Send letters of withdrawal to all other schools that offered admission
  • College Counseling to submit final transcript to college of choice

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