• 12th Grade

    Fall Semester

    • Keep studying!
    • You want to avoid "senioritis" - a drop in motivation and, consequently, grades, that is sometimes experienced by seniors.
    • Talk to your counselor about possibilities for concurrent enrollment (taking college-credit courses while you're still in high school).

    Save your money!

    • It's a good idea to start planning for those unexpected costs of college.
      • Some colleges require the CSS/PROFILE, a supplemental financial aid form, in addition to the FAFSA.  Find out if your schools will need this.
      • Review your GRADUATION status with your counselor.
      • Check schedule for appropriate classes. Continue to take appropriate classes to enhance your next step after graduation.
      • Gather or request post-secondary or specialty school information.
      • Make military contacts (check your selective service status for financial aid purposes).
      • Check your transcripts to make sure you have all the credits you need to get into the schools that interest you.
        • Find out from the colleges whether or not they need official copies of your transcripts (these are sent directly from your school).
        • Continue to save money.
        • Become familiar with job search skills and application process.
      • Register for the October/November ACT test if you plan to take it.
      • Take another look at your list of colleges, and make sure they still satisfy your requirements.
        • It's not uncommon for your goals to change.
      • Make sure you meet the requirements (including any transcript requirements) for all the colleges to which you want to apply. Double-check the deadlines.
        • Become familiar with the application process for your schools of choice.
      • Give any recommendation forms to the appropriate teachers or counselors with stamped, college-addressed envelopes, making certain that your portions of the forms are filled out completely and accurately.
      • Most early decision and early action applications are due between October 1 and November 1. Keep this in mind if you intend to take advantage of these options, and remember to request that your high school send your official transcripts to the college on time.
      • Make a final list of schools that interest you and keep a file of deadlines and required admission items for each school.
        • Many students like to have a "dream school" and a "safety school" as well as two or three others.
      • Take the ACT test. Have the official scores sent by the testing agency to the colleges or universities that have made your final list of schools.
      • Get started on any essays to be included with your applications.
      • Attend COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE Month Activities throughout the District.
        • Pinpoint your career options.
        • Begin a JOB search, if appropriate.
        • Become familiar with thejob interviewing process.
        • Maintain contact with military recruiter, if appropriate.
      • Submit your college admission applications.
        • Be sure to check them over thoroughly! Having someone else review your application with you can help you catch any errors.
        • Continue with post-secondary planning. Review and follow significant deadlines.
      • Distribute teacher/counselor recommendation forms, if required.
      • Be sure to consult with your school counselor about scholarship opportunities.
      • Not all scholarships are for top students and athletes. There may be a perfect scholarship for you — it's worth doing a little research.
        • Work on your scholarship applications, and mail according to deadlines.
      • Check with the financial aid office of schools you are applying to for specific information on scholarships and costs for tuition, fees, room and board, and any additional financial aid info they require.
      • Watch your mailbox if you submitted an early decision application.
        • Early decision replies usually arrive between December 1 and 31. If you do get an acceptance, you should withdraw any other applications.
      • If you haven't already done so, make sure your official test scores are being sent to the colleges to which you are applying.
      • Schedule any remaining required interviews.
      • Take SAT Subject Test, if required for admissions to post-secondary school.
      • Submit all applications with January 1 deadline.
      • Become familiar with resume writing.
      • Start thinking about how you're going to spend your summer. Summer is a great time to earn extra money and gain work experience.
        • Ask your counselor about internships, and start researching the summer job market in your area.
      • Re-check your graduation status.
      • Complete and submit your college financial aid application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and February 15.
        • Go to the FAFSA on the Web.
      • Check for other financial aid options.
      • In order to be considered for financial aid, you will need to submit a FAFSA, even if you have not yet been notified of your acceptance to the college(s) to which you applied.
      • Observe deadlines for admissions, financial aid, testing and housing deposits.
      • If you don't already have a good computer, investigate purchasing one for college.
      • Request that your high school send your official transcripts to the colleges to which you are applying.
      • Make sure your parents have completed their income tax forms in anticipation of the financial aid applications.
        • If you have to file taxes this year, do it as soon as possible. You'll need to do this for any financial aid forms.
      • Contact the admissions office of the colleges to which you have applied to make sure that your information has been received, and that they have everything they need from you.
      • Keep an eye out for financial aid workshops and seminars, for both you and your parents.
      • If you completed the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within four weeks.
        • Make the necessary corrections and return it to the FAFSA processor.
      • Complete your scholarship applications.
      • Contact the financial aid office of the colleges to which you have applied to make sure your information has been received, and that they have everything they need from you.
      • Observe deposit deadlines for post-secondary schools.
      • Maintain good grades.
      • Check your selective service status for financial aid purposes.
      • You will probably hear from the colleges as to whether or not you are accepted by April 15.
      • Continue to seek scholarships.
      • Compare your acceptance letters, financial aid and scholarship offers.
      • These are all important things to consider when choosing a college.
      • How to Select a College or University
      • When you choose a college that has accepted you, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit for freshman tuition.
        • This should ensure your place in the entering freshman class.
      • Prepare cover letter and resume for selected occupations, if appropriate.
        • Begin the job application process, if appropriate.
      • Finalize your post-secondary enrollment.
      • Keep counselor/advisor informed about job status (employment, military and apprenticeship).
      • Take AP exams for any AP subjects you studied in high school.
      • Decision time!
        • You should decide on a college by May 1. Notify that school by mailing your commitment deposit check. Many schools require that your notification letter be postmarked by this date.
        • How to Select a College or University
      • If you were placed on a waiting list for a particular college and have decided to wait for an opening, contact that college and let them know you are still very interested.
      • Have your school send your final transcripts to the college you will be attending.
      • Contact your college to determine when fees for tuition, room and board are due, and how much they will cost.
      • Participate in any summer orientation programs for incoming freshmen.
      • Now that you know you will be attending college in the fall, it is a good idea to make sure you have student health insurance in case of any emergencies.

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.






  • 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.
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