This academic year is the most important year for colleges to see.


  • Go over the graduation requirements with your counselor to make sure you are on the right track.
  • Be sure to look at the different college requirements for private and public colleges as well.
  • Maintain A’s and B’s in all subjects.
  • Set academic goals for the year and do everything you can to meet them. If you need extra help, consider after school tutoring or check out online educational videos.
  • Register for the PSAT in October.  This is also the National Merit Qualifying Test for scholarships in 11th grade.
  • Register to take the AP tests in May if you are taking AP courses.
  • Take the SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject and ACT in the Spring. Register for these exams at least one  month in advance.
  • Answer the extra 15 questions on the CST (California Standards Test)
  • Take the EAP (Early Assessment Program) from CSUN on the CST.
  • Make a preliminary list of colleges that interest you. This form is helpful for organizing your college options.
  • Attend the District 1 College Fair at Pierce College in September with your parents.
  • Visit the colleges and universities that interest you. Make sure to contact the admissions office ahead of time to get any information about the school or arrange a tour.
  • Meet with college representatives who will be visiting the College Office throughout the fall. Stop by to see a schedule of which colleges will be at Cleveland.
  • If you are considering applying to special programs like Posse or Questbridge, contact your teachers before summer begins.


There are several ways to satisfy the Health requirement. You can take Health in your schedule before you graduate. You can take it at Cleveland during summer school or after school. You can take it through Opportunities for Learning or Options for Youth (these are independent study summer school programs and are free). You can take it at community college. We may even offer it in Saturday school.

Over the Summer

1. Make your summer count- internship, job,

community college classes, SAT or ACT

coaching course, etc.

2. Begin writing your Personal Statements for

UCs and Common Application.

3. Begin UC App and Common App on

August 1st.

4. Apply to colleges now with rolling

admissions such as Indiana Univ., Univ. of

Colorado, Ohio State, University of

Arizona, Arizona State Univ. If your GPA is

not stellar, the competition is less at the


5. Decide if you are going to apply to any

private colleges using Early Action. You

will find out your decision in December, it

is not binding, and you have until May 1,

2017 to respond to these schools.

6. Continue doing community service and/ or

any leadership roles.

7. Check out the Colleges That Change Lives

College Fair at the Universal Hilton on July

31th at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

8. Sign up online for the SAT or ACT if using

a credit card. Sept. and October- deadlines

are before school starts, so no fee waivers

are available until school opens.