Timeline

Grade 9

  • Focus on academic performance in classes
  • Use Guidance Talks to your advantage: Goal Setting, Time Management, Sleep, Test Anxiety
  • Explore/discover your strengths and interests through Naviance: Family Connection: Personality Inventory (Myers-Briggs, Learning Styles, etc.)
  • Seek out opportunities to learn new things, expand your talents, and grow as a capable person

Grade 10

  • Continue building on grade 9 work above
  • Participate in Bearcat Career Exploration Week
  • Consider applying for the Bearcat Career Experience
  • Begin writing your resume via Naviance: Family Connection
  • Use Guidance Talks to your advantage: Goal Setting, Time Management, Sleep, Test Anxiety
  • Take the Career Interest Inventory and Career Cluster Survey in Naviance: Family Connection
  • Research options and consult with teachers, counselors, and parents in preparation for course selection & advising for 11th grade
Grade 11
First Semester
  • Focus on academic performance in classes
  • Continue to explore areas of interest, take risks, expand your talents, and grow as a capable person
  • Meet new grade 11/12 counselor (group introduction)
  • Register for & take PSAT in October
  • Complete Junior College Survey in Naviance: Family Connection
  • Attend JUKO: Junior University Kick-Off (parents and students)
  • Schedule Junior College Meeting #1 with counselor
  • Attend college visits at ISM
Second Semester
  • Learn how US applications are reviewed by attending Mock US Admission Workshops
  • Schedule Junior College Meeting #2 with counselor (includes parents)
  • Build a list of colleges and universities
  • Consider applying for Bearcat Career Experience
  • Attend US Essay Writing Workshops 
  • Attend UCAS Personal Statement Workshop (UK)
  • Attend college visits on campus
Grade 12
August – September
  • Continue strong academic performance in grade 12
  • Continue to explore areas of interests, take risks, expand your talents and grow as a capable person
  • Complete Senior profile in Naviance: Family Connection due in August
  • Update University List on Naviance! Go to “Colleges I’m thinking about” and transfer them to “Universities I’m Applying to”
  • Schedule meeting with counselor
  • Parents College Application Night
  • UCAS Application Night
  • Common Application Workshops
  • US Essay Writing Workshops #2
  • UCAS/UK Personal Statement Workshop #2
October
  • Predicted IB grades released
  • Teacher recommendation requests are due
  • US College interview workshop
  • Deadline: UK/UCAS Oxbridge, medicine, dental and veterinary science applications
November
  • Parents attend Senior Parent Transition Workshop
  • US Early Decision, Early Application, & Priority applications due
  • University of California system application filling: November 1 – 30
December
  • Submit applications to US
  • Counselors will send supporting documents to universities
  • Reminder: Students must send official copies of standardized test scores to universities with appropriate testing agency (Collegeboard/ACT/TOEFL)
January
  • UK/UCAS Final deadline Jan 15
  • Finalize Canadian applications
  • ISM will send mid-year reports (12th grade 1st semester grades) to all universities which students have applied
April-May
  • Deposit with Intent to Enroll
  • Graduation — Congrats!