Tips for Junior Year

  • REMEMBER! Your junior year grades are the last grades that are added to your transcript before it is sent to colleges, jobs, etc. for consideration so take challenging classes your junior year, do your best, and ask for help when needed!
  • Attend a college fair or RHS college or career event (see the College and Career tabs for more information).
  • Attend the NCAA presentation at RHS if interested in college athletics.
  • Attend an open house on a college campus (weekends, vacation days, or summer).
  • Schedule and complete a job shadow.
  • Know you can be excused for two college visits OR job shadows day during your senior year. Use your college visit or job shadow days wisely – use them to help you expand, define, and/or narrow down your list as you prepare to make decisions senior year. Print, fill out, and turn in the appropriate form to Mrs. Avery in the front office by 2 PM the day before your visit: Campus Visit Form, Formulario de Instrucciones para visitas Universitarias, or Job Shadow Form, Job Shadow Form – Spanish.
  • Consider attending a College Fair
  • Use My College QuickStart on CollegeBoard to review PSAT results and strengthen skills.
    • My College QuickStart offers personalized college and career planning information after taking the PSAT. It allows students to access their score report, create an SAT study plan, find college matches, and view college majors and careers that may be a good fit. More information can be found here: My College QuickStart Quick Reference Sheet. Begin preparing for the SAT/ACT. Please, speak with your School Counselor, or see the link(s) below for materials to help you study and prepare. Future Planning Night for Juniors and their Parents/Guardians is held each fall and includes information on preparing for and taking the SAT/ACT, taking college visits and/or job shadows, paying for college, college athletics, and much more. Information such as handouts, slides, etc. will be available online after the presentation.

Junior Year at a Glance

  • August: Attend Evening with the College Reps.
  • September: NACAC National College Fair in downtown Indianapolis.
  • September-November: Sign up for college rep visits on Naviance. Here are Instructions on Signing Up for a College Visit in Naviance.
  • October: Take the PSAT exam.
    • The junior year PSAT is what determines National Merit Qualifiers so study and do your best!
  • November: Attend the Roncalli Career Fair.
  • January-March: Register for classes for your senior year. Be sure you meet the prerequisites. Continue to pick classes that will challenge you as colleges like to see that you are still challenging yourself in your coursework senior year.
    • 11th Grade Scheduling Appointments are held in the second semester before spring break. Students meet one-on-one with their School Counselor to discuss their current plans for after high school, review their transcript, and discuss classes for the following school year. We will also discuss preparing for the SAT/ACT, college visits and job shadows, involvement at school, and finding other opportunities to help prepare for after high school.
  • January-March: Register for and take the ACT for the first time. All Juniors will be taking the SAT at Roncalli during the school day in March.
  • January-May: Prepare for the SAT/ACT using Naviance, ZAPS, etc. See your School Counselor for information about prep materials.
  • March-June: Take the SAT/ACT for the second time – retaking whichever one you did better on.
  • March: Attend the Career Event to learn all about careers that do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Important Resources for Junior Year