High School – Junior


Grade 11

  • Say out loud “I am going to college.”
  • Meet with a counselor about coursework that should include Algebra II or Advanced math, physics, social studies, and English to be on track for graduation.
  • Maintain As and Bs – The Nevada Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship requires a high GPA.
  • Explore dual credit opportunities; take a recognized college course and receiving both high school and college credit- ask a counselor for more information.
  • Take Honors or AP (Advanced Placement) courses in high school – AP courses are equivalent to college level courses, a qualifying score may earn a student college credit.
  • Now is the time to explore college options and find the best fit and match for you. There are several online resources to help with this. One popular website for searching colleges is Big Future.
  • Create a list of potential colleges- visit the websites, go on a tour if you can. You can also send emails to request additional information.
  • Last chance to take the PSAT/NMSQT in the Fall of 11th grade to prepare for the SAT and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, click the link for more information.
  • Prepare for the ACT or SAT – All Nevada high school students have to take the ACT in order to graduate. In spite of what some may think or say, this is important so try to do your best!
    • Review books, attend test prep workshops, and study!
    • Ed Ready is a great tool to use to review for the ACT and/or SAT

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  • Register for the ACT or SAT in advance and talk to a counselor for information on registration fees and/or waivers.
  • Take the ACT or SAT in the Spring of 11th grade or Fall of 12th grade. The earlier the better just in case the test needs to be retaken.
  • Attend college fairs and sessions with college representatives and sign up for tours of Nevada colleges and universities.
  • Become familiar with college funding and financial aid, visit https://studentaid.gov/  for detailed information.
  • Complete the “FAFSA4caster” to learn about the financial aid process and get an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
  • If you are a undocumented student you CAN apply to go to college.  Visit the websites below for more information.
  • Expand your research on federal, state, and private scholarships.
  • Identify community based scholarships from your local church, community center, and other non-profits.
  • Plan senior year classes and make sure they meet the college preparatory coursework.
  • Check out what’s new at GoToCollege.Nevada.edu
  • Remember the FAFSA will open October 1st of your senior.  Watch this video to better understand the requirements needed to fill out the application.