This is the year when you should seriously begin examining your post-secondary options. You should also take college tests and make college visits. Continue to explore college options and in doing so, consider the following: location, size, cost, available majors, admission policies, facilities and residency options. All colleges now have their own web sites. Check these sites for catalogs, degree plans, admission requirements, etc.

You still have two more years in high school, so it's important to continue to monitor your academic progress. Since most college applications are completed in the fall of senior year, the last grades on a student’s transcript are usually his/her junior year grades. Junior year grades are therefore the most important grades in high school. Many colleges require freshmen to take a Math and English placement test before they register for classes. Students who do not take math as a senior may become rusty, therefore, I encourage you to make plans to take a math course next year as a senior. College students must be computer literate, so make sure that you have adequate computer skills and can type at a reasonable speed with accuracy.

Continue being involved in co-curricular activities and developing leadership skills. Make sure you are maintaining your activities/awards file as it will come in handy when filling out scholarship/college applications this year and as a senior.

Register for the ACT and or the SAT in the spring. Test dates and deadlines are posted on this junior page of our school website. You can take the test as many times as they want and colleges will use the highest score. To determine if a college requires one over the other check the college’s catalog or web site. Taking the tests in early spring allows you to take them again if your scores are not as high as they need to be.

You are "on the downhill slide" of high school, yet you have a lot of business that needs to be taken care of this year. It is time to buckle down and make your junior year the best it can be as the choices you make now, greatly affect your future.

Our goal is to provide you with the resources and support to help you socially and academically throughout your 11th grade year and beyond. With all of us working together I am certain that you will accomplish your goals and have a successful school year. Please feel free to call, email or come by. I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding 11th grade at Milano High School.

We wish you all the best this coming school year!

Junior Checklist

This is the year when you seriously begin examining your post secondary options, take college entrance tests, and make college visits. Most colleges will use the class ranking obtained at the end of the junior year for admissions decisions.

  • Continue to be aware of your academic progress. Strive continuously for good grades. Colleges look at your ranking at the end of six semesters.
  • Continue your involvement in activities and development of leadership skills.
  • Take the PSAT test in October at MISD. Exceptional scores can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship competition.
  • Talk about college options. Start narrowing down your list of college choices.
  • Register for the ACT and SAT in the spring.
  • Visiting colleges while they are in session allows you to attend classes and get a better “feel” for the campus.
  • Review course selections for your senior year. Keep in mind that colleges want to see that you are continuing to follow a strong academic program and not just taking it easy.
  • Update activities and awards file.
  • Review STAAR EOC and/or SAT/ACT scores for possible exemption on the TSI exam.
  • Set up a checking account and learn to do laundry. It is not too early to practice these life skills needed for college.
  • If you are a college bound student-athlete and wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, ask your high school counselor to send your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year.