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For Juniors

Juniors should begin narrowing lists of colleges and career paths. Now is THE time to get organized for handling the onslaught of college material that will begin arriving. Ideally, by the end of the year you should have a college list of no more than 10 to 15 colleges.


Junior Year Planning Calendar


August - September

  • Students should develop a plan and set goals to achieve a successful school year.
  • Students should find ways to become a leader in the school.
  • Eligible students will be invited to apply to the National Honor Society.
  • Students should begin thinking of their "hook" for college.
  • Counselor will be visiting homerooms to discuss colleges and college preparation.
  • Counselor will meet with Juniors and parents interested in applying for Governor's Scholars.

October - November

  • Students should assess their study habits and continue to improve their skills.
  • Students will explore career and college opportunities.
  • Students should apply for Governor's Scholar program 
  • Students should apply for Governor's School for Entrepreneurs
  • Counselor will be distributing ACT materials and discussing test-taking strategies.
  • Students should apply for Governor's School for the Arts
  • Counselor will visit homerooms to distribute ACT materials.
  • Students should practice sample questions for the ACT.
  • Juniors will take the ACT at Bethlehem.
  • Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT.
  • Parent / Teacher Conferences 
  • Lincoln Trail Youth Salute packets to all qualifying juniors.


  • Students struggling in a course should meet with their teacher and/or see the counselor for help in developing effective study strategies.
  • Students should be preparing for semester exams 
  • Students should list what they want to do and study in college.
  • Make sure testing accommodations have been approved.

January - February

  • Students should focus on their second-semester courses and improving study skills if needed.
  • Counselor will visit homerooms to review the results of the PSAT.
  • Students should continue exploring career and college planning.
  • Counselor will begin meeting with students to begin course selection for their senior year.
  • Students should plan a challenging schedule for their senior year, and consider taking Advanced Placement classes.
  • Students enrolled in AP classes should register for the AP exams.
  • Students should begin thinking about summer jobs, leadership opportunities, college visits, and community service.
  • Students should apply for Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State University.

March - April

  • Counselor will meet with each student to discuss college choices and senior schedule.
  • Students will evaluate grades, GPA, and extracurricular activities on their working resume.
  • Students will request an individualized booklet from KHEAA prepared exclusively for them.
  • Students should list 10 - 15 colleges interested in.
  • Students will begin comparing colleges of interest and plan on visiting a few schools.
  • Governor's Scholar Program candidate will be notified of acceptance.
  • Students interested in the service academies and ROTC programs will begin making application with the counselor.
  • Job Shadow Day 
  • Counselor will review transcripts, graduation requirements, KEES / scholarships, and the college process to parents. 
  • Students should update working resume.


  • Prospective student-athletes need to register with the NCAA, NAIA Eligibility Centers.
  • Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement course should verify all the course requirements.
  • AP exams will be administered to students in AP classes.
  • Students should work to finish the year strong and make the 4th quarter their best quarter.
  • Students should be preparing for semester exams 
  • Students enrolled in an Advanced Placement course should verify all the course requirements.

June - August

  • Make the summer count: get a job, perform community service, prepare for the ACT/SAT, find leadership opportunities, attend camps and summer programs. Build your resume.
  • Students should visit colleges on their list. Call ahead or schedule a campus tour online.
  • Students should complete summer assignments and read, read, read.
  • Create an account on the Common Application.
  • Create an account and begin application for ROTC Scholarship.
  • Register for the ACT/SAT in October and November as needed.
  • Looking for a job consider applying through