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Juniors

Junior Information

Another year is complete, another milestone is behind you.

What can I expect?

The ACT will be administered to all high school juniors as a component of the Kentucky high school accountability in March. The ACT tests students in the areas of English, reading, math, and science. www.act.org  (Students want to earn the following benchmarks:  English 18, Math 19, and Reading 20.)
 

  • End of Course Assessments (EOC) for English II, Algebra II, Biology and US History have been purchased as part of ACT’s QualityCore® program. The program is syllabus-driven and will include curriculum and instruction support materials. QualityCore® has been developed based on research in high-performing classrooms that focus on the essential standards for college and career readiness. The EOC assessments will be administered throughout the year as students earn credit in each course. The EOC assessment will be counted as the student's semester exam for the class.
  • In addition to the EOC assessments, Kentucky students in grades 10 and 11 will also complete writing assessments provided by NCS Pearson.
  • ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery - given to all students as part of our College/Career Readiness. 

What opportunities do I have?

• ACT-This test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. www.actstudent.org
• Governor’s Scholar-The Governor’s Scholars Program is a stimulating, five-week, residential summer program for outstanding Kentucky students completing their junior year in high school.
www.gsp.ky.gov
• Governor’s School for Arts- GSA provides hands-on-arts opportunity for the states talented high school students who are dancers, actors, instrumental and vocal musicians, creative writers, future architects or visual artists.
www.kentuckygsa.org

What should I continue to do?

• Maintain your grades. Some colleges base GPA for entrance on end of junior year. Be sure required classes are nearly completed.
• Develop a list of postsecondary schools. Talk with admissions representatives during college fairs and at lunch set ups.
• Make an impact in your club or organization-run for office. Colleges are looking for students with leadership skills.
• Scholarships! Many are designed specifically for juniors on the ball! (Discover Scholarship)
www.discoverfinancial.com/community/
• Athletes-NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility-check out the requirements. Write to coaches at your target schools. Create a highlight tape and relevant articles.
www.NCAAClearinghouse.org.
• Art, drama, engineer, architect-start developing your portfolio, audition tapes, writing samples or other evidence of talent.

• Develop contacts in school and community for writing recommendation letters. Remember to keep your school profile handy to assist the author of these letters.
• Try Job Shadowing a professional in a similar line of work or setting to compare work duties.
• Military academy: make contacts with admission boards.
• Read college mail you are starting to receive. Over the summer visit schools for your interest.
• Review previous SAT and/or ACT scores and sign up to take test again.  Meet the entrance benchmarks. 
• As you sign up for senior year classes remember to explore AP class options and/or dual enrollment college courses.
• Practice writing essays for college admissions. Decide if you are going to apply for early admission to a college. Check deadlines for admissions for colleges. Make a timeline of deadlines for senior year.
• Update your ILP.