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4 Year Planning Checklist

  • Develop strong work habits and study skills.  Do as well as you can: freshman grades count!
  • Get involved. Participate in athletics, drama, student government, clubs - follow your interests.
  • Reach out to your teachers and your counselor for support.
  • Seek tutoring if you need extra academic support.
  • Visit the College and Career Center, and start thinking about what you might want to do after high school.
  • Get familiar with UC A-G college entrance requirements.  You'll need a C- or higher in every semester class to qualify.
  • Start working on your Academic Plan with your parents and counselor.
  • Earn good grades as a freshman so that you are eligible to take Honors classes sophomore year.
  • Build your Academic Plan in Aeries with your counselor to help ensure that you are on track to meet graduation and college entrance requirements.
  • Take the most challenging courses you can, and strive to earn excellent grades.  
  • Remember: UC/CSU will use your 10th and 11th grade 'a-g' courses to calculate your GPA for admission.  Some campuses may use freshman grades as well.
  • Begin researching colleges utilizing Naviance, our College Search resources, and the College & Career Center.
  • Take the PSAT in October.
  • Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts in order to get free, customized SAT tutoring (use the same email).
  • Get a summer job, internship or volunteer: more information in the CCC.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, and/or volunteer work.
  • Attend a Bay Area College Fair in the spring.
  • Become familiar with College and Career Center resources.
  • Take the PSAT in October (results will be sent out via email in December).
  • Link your College Board & Khan Academy accounts to get free, customized SAT tutoring (use the same email).
  • Read the daily bulletin and check the TL website for announcements about college rep. visits.  
  • Listen to the daily bulletin for announcements of contests and scholarships, and start researching scholarships and financial aid resources.
  • Continue narrowing down your college list, using Naviance, our resources, and those in the CCC.
  • Attend College Information Night in the spring.
  • Start looking into career/major options in the CCC, or by taking online career inventories.
  • Visit colleges that you're considering attending, or take a virtual tour via college admissions websites
  • In the spring, take the SAT Reasoning and/or ACT.  Check the colleges and majors to which you plan on applying in order to determine which Subject tests would be most advantageous for you to take.
  • Consider an internship related to your interests more information in the CCC.
  • Build your college list.  Narrow down your college list to 10 or fewer colleges, and research admissions requirements.
  • Attend College Night for Seniors in the fall.  Counselors will meet individually with each senior in the fall to review graduation status and progress toward meeting college entrance requirements.  
  • Submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application as soon as possible after it opens up in October. 
  • SAT and ACT: Take the SAT Reasoning or ACT and SAT Subject tests (if needed) no later than December. PLEASE NOTE: some colleges may not accept tests taken after November: check with each campus.
  • Maintain your grades: Colleges will expect you to continue taking rigorous courses, and to continue to maintain your GPA.  REMEMBER: if your grades drop, your admission offer may be rescinded!
  • Application Deadlines: UC & CSU applications are due November 30thPrivate & out-of-state colleges and universities: deadlines vary.
  • Transcripts: Request official transcripts in the Counseling Office by filling out the Official Transcript Request form.  Counselors will submit transcripts via Common Application for Common App schools. UC/CSU do not require transcripts upon initial application.  
  • Letters of Recommendation: Request letters of recommendation from teachers and your counselor if you are applying to private / out-of-state schools that will require them.  Give at least one month of advance notice before your first deadline. 
  • Attend meetings with college representatives in the CCC.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night in the fall.
  • Check the CCC for information about local scholarships.  
  • Apply for Terra Linda Scholarship Foundation awards in the spring.
  • Attend Alumni Day (sponsored by the CCC).