• WELCOME TO YOUR SENIOR YEAR!

    Here you will find information that can help guide you throughout your senior year and with your plans after high school.

     

    SENIOR  YEAR  CAN  BE  STRESSFUL,  BUT  IT  DOESN'T  HAVE  TO  BE!
     
    HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK FOR A WORRY-FREE SENIOR YEAR:
     
    ATTENDANCE: Be in school. Signing in is detrimental to your academic and social progress.

    CREDITS: Know what you need to graduate. If you fail a required class, you MUST make it up in credit recovery. See your counselor if you have any questions about credit recovery.

    APPLICATIONS: You should apply to at least three schools of choice by Thanksgiving! If not, make applying a priority over the winter break. 

    SCHOLARSHIPS: Scholarships are here! If you don’t apply, you won’t have a chance of receiving financial help with college. Check out our scholarship page or stop by the counseling office for more information in our scholarship area.

    FINANCIAL AID: Complete your FAFSA on www.fafsa.gov by between October 1 and March 1 of your senior year.

    ACT/SAT TESTING: Check the website or the ACT/SAT area in the Counseling Office for testing dates and deadlines. Don’t wait until the last minute!
     
     

    SENIOR YEAR TIMELINE

    JUNE - AUGUST:
    *Participate in job shadowing and community service activities to earn some experiential learning points. 
    *Visit colleges and universities that you are interested in attending. 

    SEPTEMBER:
    *Take  or retake the ACT and/or SAT.
    *Attend a College Fair
    *Ask for letters of recommendations.

    OCTOBER:
    *FAFSA available on www.fafsa.gov after October 1.
    *Visit colleges during open house dates or campus visitation days.
    *Take or retake the ACT and/or SAT.
    *Start your first drafts of college essays.

    NOVEMBER:
    *Take or retake the ACT and/or SAT.
    *Send in your applications to colleges/schools.
    *Request your transcript by filling out a pink transcript request form and hand to your school counselor.
    *Attend FAFSA Completion Night held at APHS Library.
         
    DECEMBER:
    *Take or retake the ACT and/or SAT.
    *Send in your applications to colleges/schools.
     
    JANUARY:
    *Make sure you've finished and submitted all your college/school applications.
    *Apply for private scholarships.     
    *Take or retake ACT and/or SAT if necessary.
     
    FEBRUARY:
    *Follow up with each college/school to make sure they have received all your application materials.
    *Complete your FAFSA.
    *Apply for private scholarships.
    *Take or retake ACT and/or SAT if necessary.

    MARCH:
    *Apply for private scholarships.
    *Take or retake ACT and/or SAT if necessary.

    APRIL:
    *April 15 - FAFSA deadline.
    *Compare financial aid packages from colleges.
    *Take or retake ACT and/or SAT if necessary.

    MAY:
    *AP Exams given this month.
    *Complete all paperwork for the college of your choice (scheduling, orientation, housing, etc.)

    JUNE:
    *GRADUATE! 
     
     

    Important upcoming dates:

     

    NACAC College Fair

    Sunday, October 20 11AM - 3PM

    Philadelphia Convention Center

     

    Academy Park High School Annual College and Career Fair

    Wednesday, October 30 9AM - 10:30AM

    APHS Gymnasium

     

    Philadelphia Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

    Monday, November 4 7PM - 9PM

    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

     

    FAFSA Completion Night

    Monday, November 25 6PM - 8PM

    APHS Library