YOU DID IT !!!!! You made it halfway through your high school experience! We hope you feel a sense of accomplishment as you finish up with the first two years of high school in your core subjects. Wrapping up sophomore year, you have learned more about your personal career pathways, rocked the MYP and have designed next year's DP choices towards your future goals/aspirations. Whatever options you chose, we are here to celebrate the finish line with you!
Now after taking some time over the summer to celebrate (and sleep), it will be a good idea to ponder about what lies ahead...
10th Graders: Looking Ahead To Junior Year
Once you finish your sophomore year of high school, you are officially halfway done with high school. Soon, you will officially be a junior and an upperclassmen!
While there are many perks associated with being an upperclassmen, you may find once you enter 11th grade everything is about to get very real. Suddenly, you may be struck by the fact that your college application process is not that far away, your classes can possibly get harder, and you’re so close to having to handle all the responsibilities of adulthood. So while there’s a lot to look forward to, there’s also a lot to do.
Your junior year of high school is definitely a big one. For a full description of what you have to look forward to during your junior year along with some strategies for upperclassmen success, read on.
You’re About To Get a Lot Busier 11th grade is a very pivotal turn, both academically and personally. On the one hand, you’re now expected to take advanced classes that are almost at a college level. The material is harder, and your teachers expect more out of you. On the other hand, this is an exciting time because you’re almost an adult!
You may be old enough to drive at this point, you may be old enough to get a job, and you will have definitely been around high school long enough to secure a leadership position in many of your extracurriculars. These are all exciting new developments with a lot of responsibility associated with them.
Thus, during your Junior year, you can expect to feel like you have a lot more to do. Every task you do may take a lot more thought and a lot more time to work through. It may seem frightening at first, but don’t worry. Everyone goes through this, and you’ll get the hang of it soon. The most important skill you are developing or are starting to develop, is...the secret to success...
You (May) Have a Lot of Standardized Tests Coming Your Way 11th grade is the best time to take the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject and/or ACT tests. Sometimes, students will take the PSAT test during the first semester of their junior year and then take the SAT/ACT just a few months afterwards. That’s a lot of standardized testing and consequently, a lot of studying in your future.
Having said all of this, do consider all the changes that are in place given our CoVid situation. More and more colleges every day are going test optional meaning they no longer require the test for college applications. While we can't control whether a university will go test optional or whether the SATs will be cancelled again, we can continue to plan if it doesn't.
So, take a practice ACT test over the summer. Connect your PSAT to Khan Academy for personalised and free SAT prep, or take a free online MOOC course in a specific and specialised course not already offered in your school...just for fun! This summer is also the best time for VIRTUAL college campus visits! Universities are adapting and offering webinars, Zoom meetings and even leading virtual campus visits!
Speaking of College...You’re Going to Need to Make Some Decisions About College Once you enter your Junior year, you are officially one year or less away from applying to college. That means it’s time for you to start thinking about all the college admissions logistics–what colleges you’re going to be applying to, what you may want to major in, and whether you have the best academic and extracurricular profile possible to get into the colleges of your choice.
So as you prepare for 11th grade you may want to start doing some introspection about where you want to spend four years of your life and what you will want to study while you’re in college. So we encourage you to start exploring your MaiaLearning account, look at university websites, connect with SFS alumni...whatever suits your fancy to learn up to date and accurate information about your schools of choice! https://blog.collegevine.com/10th-graders-looking-ahead-to-junior-year/
College Entrance Exams
Many colleges and universities may still require a standardized test as a part of the application process. Please go directly to their individual websites for the most current, primary source of information. Below are some links for information about what might be the best fit for you: ARTICLE to compare the ACT and SAT tests QUIZ - should you take the ACT or SAT, or both?
Seoul Foreign School is a closed testing center. This means we only offer testing spaces for Seoul Foreign School students. When registering, you will not see Seoul Foreign School listed as a testing center. In order to reserve a testing space at Seoul Foreign School, you will need the SFS test center code, which you will enter during the registration process. Please contact your counselor to receive the private test center code.
Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids BY JENNIFER WALLACE AND LISA HEFFERNAN
"While most parents find the college process stressful and bewildering, we interviewed some who have a unique perspective: admissions officers who are also the parents of teenagers and college students themselves. They know that while parents can’t control where their child is admitted, they can influence whether their teenager views the college process as stressful and frustrating or as an exciting time filled with opportunity.
These admissions officers tell their own children that high school is far more than just a pathway to college — it’s a time for maturation, self-discovery, learning and fun. They encourage their teens to embrace activities and courses that reflect who they genuinely are, not who they think colleges want them to be.
We interviewed admissions officers at Allegheny College, Georgia Tech, Kenyon College, MIT, Penn State, Vanderbilt, UCLA., UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Richmond. Every one of them emphasized the importance of their child finding a college that fits, not the other way around. With throngs of high school juniors about to embark on college visits over their spring breaks, here is their advice. (Interviews have been edited and condensed.)" READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE
Here are a few ideas to consider for your summer break: