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Junior Year

Junior Annual Checklist


•     Pickup annual re-registration packet in August.  Check website for dates/times.

•     Attend Junior Day during walk-through registration. This is your preferred day.

•       Sign up for PSAT at walk through registration even if you took it during your sophomore year. If you are 4-year college-bound student, it is highly recommended as a diagnostic test for SAT, which is needed for entrance to virtually all 4-year colleges. In addition, the National Merit Scholarship Competition, the National Achievement and the National Hispanic Scholars Program are opportunities determined by PSAT score during the junior year.

                ⇒       Cost: approximately $25 – Keep your receipt!

                ⇒       Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

                ⇒       Bring to test: Picture ID, two #2 pencils, calculator

•     Verify course selection for fall semester. If college-bound, make sure you are meeting the subject A-G admission requirements (see CVHS Curriculum Guide).  Did you make-up/take courses in summer school through CVHS, ACCESS, Saddleback College or ROP?  These will impact your schedule of classes for the fall.  Speak with your Advisor or Counselor.

•    Complete assigned summer work for Accelerated, Honors, AP, or IB classes if applicable.


•      Come early to the first day of school.  Look for your 1st period class on the posted lists around school and report directly there.  You will be given your schedule at the end of 1st period.  Check your schedule – do you have at least 5 classes?  English?  US History?  Electives?

•     If you are behind in credits, see your advisor/counselor to sign up for Credit Recovery.

•     Watch deadlines for schedule changes.

•     Save samples of your best work for your academic portfolio throughout the year.

•     Update your log of co-curricular activities for college applications. Make junior year count.


•     Take the PSAT.

•     Register and pay for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams if applicable.


•     CAHSEE: Retake either or both the English and math tests if not previously passed during the sophomore year.  Take the Saturday prep classes.  Sign up in Guidance.

•     Junior year grades are extremely important in the college admission process because they are a measure of how well a student can perform in advanced, upper-level courses. Grades are also used to determine scholarships and grants for which you may be eligible. So, put in the extra effort and keep those grades up!

•      If you may be eligible for college financial aid, start researching your options. Start with the National Association for College Admissions Counselors website.


•     Begin research for specific majors, careers or colleges. Divide your schools into 3 categories: Reach for the Stars, Target and Safety Net. 


•    Register and pay for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations through the Activities Office if applicable.

•    California State University (CSU) eligible juniors will receive a letter home concerning the Early Assessment Program (EAP), which allows students to prove proficiency in English and math.  All juniors will take the test and it will determine if placement exams can be waived for the CSU system.


•     Register and pay for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations online through Total Registration.  See under Quick Links at 

•     CAHSEE: Retake either or both the English and Math tests if not previously passed during sophomore year.  Take the Saturday prep classes.  Sign up in Guidance




•     Possibly take the ACT for the first time.  Test includes English, mathematics, reading, science reasoning, and writing.

•     Possibly take SAT Reasoning Exam for the fist time: Test includes critical reading, mathematics, and writing.

•     Attend a college fair. The National Association of College Admissions Counselors offers two in our area. See the NACA website for more information. Look under Events Calendar.


•     Second Progress Reporting period ends May 2. Sign up for summer school to make up grades.

•    Take Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams if applicable. Students in AP and IB classes prepare for these subject-oriented exams during the entire school year.

•    CAHSEE:  Retake either or both the English and Math tests if not previously. Take the Saturday prep classes.  Sign up in Guidance.

•    Pick challenging classes for your senior year.


•     SAT and Subject tests are held.  While not all colleges require the SAT Subject tests, many competitive schools do, including some private schools and the Ivy leagues. Check with individual schools to determine any specific requirements.  Beginning with the class of 2012, the UC system no longer requires Subject tests, but will consider them in the admission process.

•    Update your CSU Mentor site.

Summer Break

•     Visit colleges in which you are interested! Take a tour, talk to students on campus and talk with admission representatives.  Do they have the major you want?

•     Possibly take a class at Saddleback College, get an internship, do community service or work at a job in a field that interests you.

•     Make up any deficiencies you may have in your graduation or college requirements.

Updated 08/27/15