College Planning FOR JuniorS

Junior year is pivotal if attending college is your goal.  This is the time to start thinking about career choices, preparing for and completing the standardized testing that will be required for college admission, and to begin visiting campuses.  This is also the time to discuss with your family what finances may be available to you to pay for college, and to think about potential sources of financial aid or scholarships. It is very important to keep your grades up during junior year.  The college planning guide can help you keep track of your admission test scores and application processes. 

Senior Planning Guide 

Junior Course Scheduling

While in High School, students will receive course selection opportunities each year in January, at which time they will consult with parents and teachers about which courses to take. Course selection for Sophomore, Junior and Senior years takes place in January/February. Classes will be selected with the minimum graduation requirements in mind.

Course List Page 1 

Course List Page 2 


The 2024 College Prep Scholars Program application opens in early February .  Please sign up now for email reminders.

We are looking for high school juniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, income, or other factors. 

To sign up and review academic standards:



The Common App has released the essay prompts for the 2023-24 school year.  You can create your account now, or over the summer!  When they perform their rollover on August 1st, your responses will be saved, including your personal essay.

2023-2024 Common App Essay Prompts 

College Visit Procedures

Students are allowed 2 college days in a year


Horatio Alger Association

*For students who have critical financial need and are persevering through adversity, but are committed to obtaining a bachelor's degree.  

*Apply by March 15th at Horatioalger.org


Taking The SAT

Ilinois students took the ISBE-sponsored SAT exam for the first time in spring 2017. This assessment serves as a valuable resource for students as it provides a free college entrance exam to every grade 11 student in the state. Providing this resource statewide increases equity of access for students. Illinois is also using this exam for state and federal accountability for both schools and districts in 2017. 

Primary Test Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in Gym 

Makeup Test Date: TBA

Accommodated Testing Window: TBA

Your Senior Schedule 24-5