CHECKLIST FOR SENIOR YEAR
- The "Common Application" becomes available on August 1. Open a Common App account (www.commonapp.org) and get started on your application! The Common App is used by over 600 colleges and universities to facilitate the application process.
- Registration (Students usually attend without parents) - including paying fees, receiving class schedule, textbooks, photo ID, and locker assignment.
- Recommendation: have your student work on their college essay and application either early fall or if possible over Summer. Senior year gets busy fast and leaves little room for extras.
- Students should visit the College & Career Center (CCC), an invaluable resource for post high school planning.
- Students should be using Naviance to update their college applications. Counselors will send all college-related materials (including recommendations and transcripts) through Naviance. To learn more about Naviance, click here.
- For general information about types of colleges, click here.
- Sign up to take (or retake, if needed) SAT or ACT and/or SAT Subject Tests, during one of the fall testing dates. For more information on college testing and test dates, click here. NOTE: Students should take the SAT subject tests only if required or recommended by a college on their list.
- Back to School Night is an evening for parents to meet their student’s teachers; students are welcome to attend.
- Attend Financial Aid/FAFSA night for Seniors and Senior Parents.
- Counselors visit all senior English classes to deliver information about post high school and college options.
- Students planning to apply to private colleges needing recommendations must attend one of the FLEX sessions hosted by counselors in the computer labs. Students applying Early Action or Early Decision to a college must meet with their counselor for a recommendation by early October.
- FAFSA Opens October 1.
- Letters of recommendation. Have your student ask teachers for letters of recommendation. Give teachers AT LEAST two weeks lead time, preferably more.
- Order Cap & Gown for Commencement (details in Daily Bulletin, or ask the office).
- Parent-Teacher Conferences take place in the cafeteria. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Students are welcome.
- First quarter Report Cards sent home. These grades are not recorded on transcript.
- November 1 or 15: Deadline for Early Decision/Early Action (if applicable) via Common Application or comparable online form (varies by school).
NOTE: The Common Application can be edited up to three times. If a student is not accepted into their Early Decision school, the Common App can be edited up to two more times, if needed, for other schools.
- Contact the College Board for SAT or ACT to have test scores sent to Early Decision/Early Action colleges under consideration.
- Attend with your student the "Financial Aid Night" at CHS.
- For January 1 college application due date, the deadline to request transcripts and letters of recommendation from counselors and teachers is December 1. They need at least two weeks before winter break!
- Senior Portaits due to the yearbook. Click here for more details.
- Finish up college applications.
- Counselors visit all senior English classes to talk about the OSAC application and other local scholarships
- FINAL EXAMS: 1st semester grades sent home. These grades are recorded on transcript, and determine GPA and class rank. To learn more about the CHS Grading System, click here.
- January-February: Most college applications due! (date varies per school)
- Fill out OSAC application for Oregon scholarships and all Cleveland Alumni Scholarships (due March 1).
- Acceptance letters typically now arrive (should be no later than April 1)
- Send acceptance letter and deposit for the college your student plans to attend. Deadline for acceptance of admissions offers is May 1.
- Write thank you notes to teachers and counselors who have written you recommendations.
- Third quarter report cards sent home. These grades are not recorded on transcript.
- “60-Day Rule” goes into effect.
- 60-Day Rule: Seniors shall be disqualified from participation in Commencement exercises and related senior activities if within 60 consecutive calendar days of the last senior school day they are found to be in violation of District Alcohol or Drug policy or any violation resulting in a three or more days of suspension or more serious disciplinary action. (Reference 4.30.020-AD)
(In our annual mandatory meeting, seniors meet with administrators about this rule.)
- Seniors pick up tickets for Commencement Senior Luncheon, and All-Night Party.
- 2nd Semester Final Exams for seniors only.
- Senior finals take place earlier than the other grades.
- 2nd semester grades sent home. These grades are recorded on transcript, and determine GPA and class rank. To learn more about the CHS Grading System, click here.
- Pay any and all fines.
- SENIOR EVENTS:
- Senior Assembly
- Senior Luncheon
- Graduation Rehearsals (one at CHS, one at the Memorial Coliseum)
- Senior Baccalaureate
- Senior All-Night Party
Watch for letter home in the mail with detailed information on the above. Also
see the CHS Calendar.
NOTE 1: Your student will not participate in Commencement if he or she does not attend the graduation rehearsals.
NOTE 2: Your student will not receive his or her diploma unless all fines have been paid.
- Rejoice and Congratulations!