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College Counseling

College Planning Timeline

Small enough and smart enough to truly personalize each learning experience.
Below is an outline of general dates for the college planning journey. Current families can find more specific information for each grade level in their College Counseling Groups on the Derryfield My School App.

List of 4 items.

  • Freshman Year

    • Develop good study habits
    • Get involved! Learn about extracurricular activities – many colleges consider talent, commitment, and leadership
    • Develop a 4-year academic plan with advisor and grade level curriculum coordinator
    • If you have excelled at a specific sport and think you will want to play at the college level, meet with the college office to plan for the recruiting process. 

  • Sophomore Year

    • Take the PSAT (given to all sophomores/juniors in October);
    • Update 4-year academic plan with advisor and grade level curriculum coordinator
    • Begin to visit some college campuses when traveling
    • Consider engaging in test preparation during the summer
  • Junior Year

    • Visit with college representatives in College Office in the fall during free periods
    • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop
    • Take the PSAT in October
    • Make college visits on non-school days
    • Research college choices – use the resources in the College Counseling Office and SCOIR
    • Register to take the ACT/SAT
    • Attend evening workshops on college planning for students and parents in October and April
    • Explore ACT/SAT review courses/tutoring
    • Take ACT or SAT. It is recommended to take these standardized tests in the late winter or in the spring before the school year ends
    • Review 4 year academic plan, graduation and college entrance requirements
    • Begin scholarship searches
    • Complete student and parent questionnaires
    • Complete the Transcript Release/Waiver Form for NCAA if you are considering Division I or II sports at the college level
    • Attend local college fairs
    • Approach two teachers in the spring for letters of recommendation and submit request through SCOIR
    • During the summer, work on college essays and continue college visits
  • Senior Year

    • Attend end of summer College Counseling Retreat
    • Revise college list in SCOIR
    • Parents attend September meeting for question/answer session with the college counselors
    • Visit with college representatives at Derryfield during the fall
    • Finalize list of colleges to apply to by December 1
    • If necessary, register for the SAT/ACT and retake before January 1
    • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Financial Aid after October 1 to meet college application deadlines
    • Register online for the CSS Profile, if required by college. This is a supplement to the FAFSA that is required by some colleges.

Meet the Office

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Rebecca Kosakowski

    Rebecca Kosakowski 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Jill Teeters

    Jill Teeters 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
    Ext. 2306
  • Photo of Amanda Gagne

    Amanda Gagne 

    Registrar and College Counseling Coordinator

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