• 11th Grade

    Fall Semester

    • Maintaining your grades during your junior year is important!
    • Make sure you're challenging yourself academically.
      • Colleges will consider how difficult your courses are.
    • Now is the time to really focus your post-secondary research.
      • Career Finder
      • College Matching Assistant
    • As you research education and career options, share your discoveries with your family.
      • You'll be working together a lot over the next couple of years as you leave high school and enter college or pursue another path.
    • If your schedule permits, stay involved in school and community activities.
    • Talk to your guidance counselor or advisor about the following:
      • Availability of and enrollment in AP classes
      • The possibility of post-secondary credit: taking college-level courses before you graduate from high school.
      • Schedules for the PSAT, SAT I and SAT Subject Test, ACT and AP exams
        • Why you should take these exams and how they could benefit you
        • Which of these exams would be the best fit for you — and then sign up for those tests. Remember, you can always change your mind.
        • Test Prep
        • Your academic record. Review it with your counselor and talk about ways to improve
    • The admissions requirements for the colleges you're interested in. Do your research, and be sure to find out about any additional requirements on top of GPA and test scores
      • Naviance College Research Tools - Some Examples
      • SUPERMATCH - helps you find the right fit for college
      • COLLEGE MATCH - uses your college application list and shows colleges that match those
      • COLLEGE LOOKUP - lets you find specfic college profiles
      • COLLEGE MAPS - shows you where colleges are located
      • and much more


    • Obtain schedules and forms for the  ACT and AP exams.
    • Review transcript for graduation requirements
    • Continue to take classes to enhance your career choice.
    • Continue to research career options in your selected pathway.


    • Register for the PSAT exam offered in October.
      • Remember that when you take the PSAT in your junior year, the scores will count towards the National Achievement Program (and it is good practice for the SAT I).
    • Identify sources of post-secondary information.
    • Utilize Naviance to  follow-up on previously discovered scholarship opportunities.
    • Continue to revisit career options.
    • Start a paper file for college catalogs and other admissions information.
    • Watch for college nights at any schools in your area you may want to attend.


    • Take the PSAT. Many Merit Scholarships  require a Junior year score; see the PSAT bulletin for more information.
    • Continue to research post-secondary informationtraining and education.
    • Narrow your list of colleges to include a few colleges with requirements at your current GPA, a few with requirements above your current GPA, and at least one with requirements below your GPA.
    • Begin scheduling interviews with admissions representatives.
      • If possible, schedule tours of the school grounds on the same days. You and your parent(s) may want to visit the colleges and universities during spring break and summer vacation so you don't have to miss school.


    • Review requirements for post-secondary credit opportunities like dual enrollment for your Senior year and Youth Apprenticeship opportunities.
    • Attend meetings with post-secondary representatives.

    Spring Semester

    • If you're choosing your senior year classes, look for classes that will give you a strong transcript.
      • You'll also want to look for classes that will fit your college study plans.
    • Consider looking for a summer job or internship.
      • Not only can you earn money for college, you can also learn valuable skills.


    • Continue with your campus tours online or in person.
    • You want to be narrowing down your list of potential colleges.
    • Take an interest assessment in theCareer Planningsection and compare to previous assessments; record your findings.
    • Meet with post-secondary recruiters, if appropriate.
    • Meet with military recruiters, if appropriate.
    • Sign up for a District ACT Test Prep Class


    • Register for the March SAT or the April ACT, or both.
    •  Research the requirements of the colleges you're interested in to learn about admission deadlines and which tests to take.
    • Begin assembling your list of post-secondary opportunities that reflect your career selection needs.
    • Begin to accumulate information about post-secondary institutions.


    • Use Financial Aid Planning tab to identify possible financial aid sources.
    • Consider post-secondary school visits during spring break.
    • Begin to explore summer programs and employment.
    • If you are interested in taking an AP exam, you should sign up now.


    • Take the April ACT test if you registered for this month.


    • Mail NCAA eligibility, if appropriate.
    • Talk to teachers about writing letters of recommendation for you. Think about what you would like to include in these and politely ask your teachers if they can help.


    • Add any new report cards, test scores, honors or awards from the year to your file.
    • Continue with your college visits. Call ahead for appointments with the financial aid, admissions and academic advisors at the colleges in which you are most interested.
      • If you go on interviews or visits, don't forget to send thank-you notes.

    Summer Between Junior and Senior Years

    • Continue to work on your application essays and review the application procedures for the colleges you plan to apply to.
    • Decide if you are going to apply under any early decision or early action programs.
    • Read your college mail and send reply cards to your schools of interest.
  • Ca · reer
    One’s calling in life; a person’s occupation; one’s profession.

    Col · lege
    Any institution of higher education that awards a degree or credential post-high school graduation.  This includes, but is not limited to, universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.
    College Can Change Everything


Why CTE?



    High-Quality CTE Programs

    The elements of high-quality CTE programs include:

    • Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum: development of CTE program curriculum and standards.
    • Integrated Network of Partnerships: business and community partnerships to support CTE program alignment and success.
    • Course Sequencing and Credentials: coordination of coursework progression in CTE programs and career pathways that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials.
    • Career-Connected Learning and Experiential Learning: career planning and career-based experiential learning opportunities.
    • Industry-specific Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials: facilities and equipment specific to work in given career fields.
    • Work-Based Learning (WBL): firsthand, onsite student engagement opportunities in a given career field.
    • Data for Program Improvement and Advocacy: use of data for continuous program improvement and advocacy.
    • Student Leadership Development: leadership development through embedded classroom activities and CTSO opportunities.
    • Access, Equity and Inclusion: CTE program promotion and support for all student populations.
    • Student-Centered Instruction: instructional strategies that support attainment of career-relevant knowledge and skills.
    • Professional Development for Knowledgeable Experts: qualifications and professional development of secondary CTE teachers.

    Did you know

    • The high school graduation rate for Minnesota students who are CTE concentrators (enrolled in two or more CTE courses) is 92%.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Minnesota high school CTE concentrators enroll in postsecondary for further education and career development.
    • In Minnesota, 86% of postsecondary students completing a CTE program were placed in employment by the end of the second quarter following program completion.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of jobs will require some postsecondary training and/or education beyond high school.