High School – Junior

Grade 11

  • Say out loud “I am going to college”
  • Prepare for the Nevada High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) – A student in 11th grade must achieve a passing score in writing to receive a high school diploma, visit www.doe.nv.gov/Assessment_HSPE.htm
  • Meet with a counselor about coursework that should include algebra II or advanced math, physics, social studies, and English
  • Maintain As and Bs – The Nevada Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship requires a high GPA
  • Explore dual credit opportunities; take a recognized college course and receiving both high school and college credit- Ask a counselor for more information
  • Take Honors or AP (Advanced Placement) courses in high school – AP courses are equivalent to college level courses, a qualifying score may earn a student college credit
  • Create a list of potential colleges- Send emails to request additional information
  • Last chance to take the PSAT/NMSQT in the Fall of 11th grade to prepare for the SAT and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program
  • Take the SAT in the Spring of 11th grade or Fall of 12th grade
  • Attend college fairs and sessions with college representatives and sign up for tours of Nevada colleges and universities
  • Become familiar with college funding and financial aid, visit www.college.gov and studentaid.ed.gov for detailed information
  • Prepare for the ACT or SAT – Review books and attend test prep workshops
  • Register for the ACT or SAT in advance and talk to a counselor for information on registration fees and/or waivers
  • Complete the “FAFSA4caster” to learn about the financial aid process and get an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid at www.fafsa.gov
  • Expand your research on federal, state, and private scholarships
  • Identify community based scholarships from your local church, community center, and other non-profits
  • Plan senior year classes and make sure they meet the college preparatory coursework
  • Check out what’s new at GoToCollegeNevada.org