What should students do in the Twelfth Grade?
Students should complete their final college list by early August, confirming application for Early Action (non-binding) or Early Decision (binding). The Common Application is available online on August 1 and seniors should start working through the application.
They should make a chart of schools to which they will apply, deadlines, and supplemental pieces of writing. If students apply EA or ED, they will learn their admissions status by mid-December. Students should be well-prepared IN ADVANCE to apply to more schools in case they are deferred or denied.
Most seniors will conclude the taking of the SAT and/or the ACT during the fall of their senior year.
What should parents do when their child is in Twelfth Grade?
Parents should attend the Twelfth Grade Parents Night in September AND the Financial Workshop in January.
Parents should fill out the FERPA and CSS Profile.
Parents should let their child choose colleges, fill out applications, and wait for decisions without too much intrusion or fanfare.
Parents should read The Road to Character by David Brooks.
Goals of Twelfth Grade
Enjoy the process of applying to college. Students should learn as much about themselves as possible from writing essays, visiting schools, and helping peers. They should remember that they are still in high school and should savor their teachers and their friends. They should remember that they are the leaders of the school and that younger students are looking up to them up until graduation night. They should finish strong, personally and academically, and then start college in the same way.
And always: read good books!