Class of 2019
SUMMER: NARROW DOWN YOUR LIST OF COLLEGES and add them to NAVIANCE COLLEGE tab - colleges I'm applying to.
Research college essay questions and requirements and common app questions. Think about what makes you unique and why you believe your school choices are the best choices for you.
Study for the ACT or SAT if you need to retake them to improve your scores and your chances of acceptance to your school, and perhaps the offer of scholarship dollars from your colleges.
Take some time to consider how to complete the SENIOR RECOMMENDATION FORM (available on the DMHS CCC or Guidance pages)
At Desert Mountain starting in early September, counselors scheduling a one-on-one (senior-counselor) meeting with each senior to review transcripts, discuss post-graduation plans and make a game plan for college applications. Be prepared for your meeting with a list of questions. If you miss your meeting, email your counselor and RESCHEDULE IT.
- Interested in joining NHS (National Honor Society)? The application process starts at the middle of August. Mr. Knox is the DMHS NHS Advisor.
- Continue narrowing down your college list and determine whether you are applying Regular Decision, Early Application or Early Decision. (Early Decision (Binding) deadlines are often November 1 or 15. Early Application (Non-Binding) can be in October. Check the websites carefully for your schools of interest. Create a master calendar of key deadline dates for each college where you will be applying. Pay special attention to: 1) application deadline, 2) housing deadline and 3) financial aid and/or scholarship deadline. You can use the College Application Spreadsheet on the DMHS CCC or Guidance pages (college planning). List them in NAVIANCE TOO.
- Seniors who are strong in academics, leadership and community service should attend a scholarship workshop held by Mrs. Loftus in the Fall. Learn what you need to do to be considered for nomination scholarships.
- Start your applications early in the Fall. The desired goal is to have all your applications completed by December 1st OR earlier if applying Early Application or Early Decision. (See specific college websites for these deadline dates.) Note: Some colleges have Rolling Admissions where applications are accepted on-going; however, housing fills up quickly so pay attention to the Guaranteed Housing deadline.
- Check to see if any Honors Colleges you may be considering require a separate application. Add their deadline dates to your master calendar.
- Remember to send your transcript to all colleges through www.parchment.com ($5.00 fee). If you prefer, a printed official transcript can also be ordered through our Registrar, Amy Hashimoto, by paying the $5.00 fee in the bookstore and bringing the receipt to her. She also requires a stamped and addressed envelope of where you want the transcript to be sent. Please be aware that it may take 4-6 weeks for the college to download that transcript from Parchment once you have sent it.
- Send college transcripts from any dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment classes taken through Scottsdale Community College, Rio Salado or any other community college where you earned college credit to the university where you will be attending in the fall. If you want college credit, the transcript must be sent through the community college, not DMHS.
- Check on the ACT and SAT websites to make sure you have sent your test scores to all colleges where you are applying. This step is key for scholarship consideration.
- Check Naviance OFTEN and sign up for there for any college visits of continuing interest. Talk with the admissions reps and make sure they know your interest.
- Sign up to take an additional SAT or ACT test in early Fall. A higher score on a second test may make you eligible for a higher scholarship award or gain you admission to a more selective college. Make sure your scores are sent to the colleges where you are applying!
- Families should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online as soon after October 1st as possible. Pay special attention to your college financial aid priority deadlines. Go to www.fafsa.gov to file. There is no fee to file for financial aid.
- Go to the Financial Aid website of any college where you are applying. Find out whether they require additional financial aid forms such as CollegeBoard CSS/Profile to obtain financial aid. File all forms by the Priority Financial Aid deadline listed by the college. Note: You can file the CSS/Profile prior to October 1st
- Look at College & Career Calendar for the DMHS Family College Night. Check for information on the CCC page links and files. Learn all the terminology and find out what you need to do when.
- Search for private scholarships. Listen to morning announcements, and go Naviance website regularly and attend a Tuesday lunch Scholarship meeting BEFORE October break. Set aside at least an hour a week for scholarship applications.
- If you haven’t already done so, take all the career interest inventories available through Naviance. Narrow down some occupations you might want to consider.
- Register to take your AP tests in March (there's a deadline). Tests take place in May. Ensure AP test scores are sent to your selected colleges if you want AP credit.
- Continue to keep your academics strong. A college can retract its offer of admission for a student whose grades suffer during their senior year. Many colleges will require a mid-term report as well as a final transcript from your senior year.
- File for financial aid utilizing FAFSA and the CSS/Profile (if required) in October. Some schools have limited grant and scholarship aid - first come, first served at these.
- Continue to look for more scholarships on Naviance. Check the College and Career page too.
- Consider attending College Goal Weekend typically held in February every year for hands-on help in completing your FAFSA if you need it. Go to collegegoal.az.gov.
- Students planning to attend Scottsdale Community College should register for summer classes in February. Registration for fall classes is in late March. Classes fill up fast. Take all necessary placement tests and register prior to these dates. New students should go to my.maricopa.edu and click “First Time Users Start Here”. Attending college in the summer allows a student to get a jump start on their university degree ensuring graduation in four years with the potential of taking a lighter course load while taking a rigorous curriculum at a university at a fraction of the price.
- April 1st is College Notification Day. You will hear whether you have been accepted from all colleges by this date.
Senior Survey's - a DMHS graduation requirement will be distributed and must be returned no later than May 1. Watch and listen for details!
- May 1st is College Decision Date. You must inform the college where you plan to attend by this date and pay your tuition deposit.
- Remember to send final transcripts to your college of choice thru Parchment. Send transcripts from all community college classes to your four-year college as well. Make sure AP test scores are sent. AP scores are used for placement in classes and/or college credit.
- Notify any colleges where you won’t be attending of your decision. Pay attention to housing deadline refund policies and see if you can get your money back.
- Sign up for your college orientation session. You may need to take math or English placement tests before.
Key Point: This is your year for scholarships! Seniors are eligible for the majority of scholarships. Listen to morning announcements, go on to the Naviance and search for scholarships regularly. Also, stay organized. Set up college files and make copies of everything you do written or online including college and scholarship applications and financial aid forms. USE THE COLLEGE APP EXCEL SPREADSHEET (available on the college and career college planning files, and the guidance office page) and NAVIANCE to track your college applications.