Important Application Dates for
MANDATORY Applicant Meeting: Tuesday, April 25th at either 7:45 AM or 3:45 PM. The meeting will be in Mrs. Wallace's room (214). *Students will receive their applications and teacher recommendation forms at this meeting, so attendance is required.
Applications and $5 application fee (non-refundable) due:
Tuesday, May 2nd by 3:35 PM to Mrs. Wallace (Room 214). NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please plan accordingly!
Interview Times Posted Outside of Mrs. Wallace's Room:
Monday, May 8th
Ambassador Interviews: Saturday, May 13th
Course Selection for Rising 12th Graders:
To review the Course Selection Presentation I gave during JAG on January 25: CLICK HERE
Listed below are additional forms that can be found by clicking HERE:
- Graduation Requirements
- Four Year Plan (this will also serve as your Course Selection form)
- Override Letters
- Senior Release Forms
- Co-Op Applications (for Summer 2017 and 2017-18 School Year)
Junior year is when most students really start to think about colleges and their future career goals. Here are some helpful links for students and parents as you prepare for a successful future!
Be sure to check out Mr. Prater's website for information on upcoming college visits, deadlines, scholarship information, presentations (such as how to create your portfolio/resume), leadership and summer programs, and other important forms and documents.
11th Grade Timeline for College/Career
Right NOW: Juniors should be researching schools and taking campus visits if/when possible. College visits are excused absences, and juniors get two days each semester to visit schools. Please see Ms. Gilmore in Guidance to pick up a Pre-Approved College Visit form.
January 2017: Junior Parents' Night
February 2017: Group appointments with Mr. Prater
April 2017: Senior Packets due to Mr. Prater
July-October 2017: Family and Individual appointments can be scheduled with Mr. Prater for the Class of 2016
August 2017: Senior Parents' Night for Class of 2018
December 2017: Senior Parents' Night for Class of 2018
Visit http://www.actstudent.org/ to register for the ACT Test on one of the national test dates. Remember, if you are a current 11th grader, you will take this test for FREE during school on April 19th, 2016. You are automatically signed up for the school test date, but if you want to take it on a national Saturday test date, you must visit this website to sign up.
Click HERE for more information about the State ACT Test that will be given during school in April.
Click HERE to go to ACT's Test Prep website for daily practice questions, test tips, and a free student preparation booklet that includes test information, practice tests with scoring keys, and a writing prompt.
Method Test Prep
Mr. Giangrosso has paid for every Spain Park student to have a free account through Method Test Prep. This is a free ACT prep account for every Spain Park student!
Click HERE for a link to a presentation on how to access your own Method Test Prep account!
Community service is an excellent resume builder! You are more than just a GPA number to colleges--they want to see that you are exploring your career interests as you serve your community. The website https://www.dosomething.org/ is a great tool to explore opportunities to get involved in national organizations based on your interests and availability.
For local community service opportunities, check out http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/.
Additional websites to visit if you want to explore career options: http://www.careerprofiles.info/ and http://www.mynextmove.org/
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook is an online guide to career information about hundreds of occupations. It can be found here: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
Visit http://roadtripnation.com/ to explore your interests and watch interviews of people who have made a living out of similar interests.
Mr. Prater will begin meeting with our 11th graders in the Spring, but it is never too early to start exploring schools and majors.
Visit https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/ to research colleges by location, majors, or cost. You can also get information on how to pay for college, create a free step-by-step college plan, and lots more! This website is created by The College Board (they do the PSAT, SAT, and all AP tests).
Visit https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/majors-careers to explore college majors and careers based on your area of interests.