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  • Meet with your advisor to establish academic and extra-curricular goals while adjusting to life at Kent School.
  • Develop good notetaking and time management skills.
  • Attend New Student Seminar – one class devoted to steps that can be taken now to make the most of your boarding school experience with future college plans in mind.
  • Grades, Grades, Grades! Work to your potential to ensure that your final transcript reflects your ability.
  • Get involved! Explore your passions by joining a club, activity or group.
  • Speak to family and friends about where they went to school and start doing some research. It’s never too early!
  • Have a Summer Plan. Find meaningful ways to spend your time – volunteer, shadow a professional, get a summer job, take a course. Tap into your own interests!


  • Meet with your advisor to review your academic plan and goals.
  • Continue to be involved in campus/community activities.
  • Meet with your college counselor in group meetings throughout the winter term.
  • Learn to use Naviance and complete an assessment of academic and extra-curricular goals.
  • Consider starting a resume that highlights your strengths and experiences.
  • Meet one-on-one with your college counselor in the spring term to review academic goals and fourth form assessment.
  • Register for SAT Subject Tests if you are in advanced-level courses.
  • Continue to research schools. Talk to your parents about visiting one or two college campuses to get a better sense of what is out there.


  • Check with your college counselor to ensure that you are enrolled in a rigorous, yet personally appropriate, course schedule.
  • Attend College Seminar during the fall term.
  • Take a combined diagnostic SAT/ACT test and the PSAT in the fall.
  • Start meeting regularly with your college counselor individually in December.
  • Work on developing a college list with your counselor that reflects your individual strengths and goals.
  • Fifth Form Parents’ College Workshop in February: mock application review & group meetings with your student’s counselor.
  • Develop a testing plan with your college counselor and begin taking standardized tests.
  • SAT and ACT prep classes are available to students for a fee throughout April and May.
  • Remain involved in campus activities and begin to seek out leadership roles
  • Continue to update your resume as needed.
  • Plan college visits for spring break and summer vacation.
  • Attend the College Fair in April. More that 100 colleges are typically represented!
  • Take SAT Subject Tests, SAT or ACT as needed in May and June.
  • Artists and performers should begin working on portfolios or pieces to submit to colleges.
  • Athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  • Continue to research and engage in meaningful summer opportunities and activities, such as getting a job or an internship, volunteering, or attending a summer program.
  • Register for the Common Application.
  • Begin drafting your personal statement and supplemental essays over the summer and send them to your counselor for review.


  • Continue to meet regularly with your college counselor – It’s GO time!
  • Attend mini college fairs and information sessions with college representatives when they visit Kent.
  • Ask for recommendations from two Fifth or Sixth Form teachers.
  • Continue to visit colleges and demonstrate interest, especially in those you are unable to visit.
  • Finalize your college list with your counselor and make sure it is updated in Family Connection.
  • Decide which, if any, EA/ED schools you will apply to and review deadlines.
  • Take final SAT, ACT or Subject Tests, if necessary.
  • Grades, Grades, Grades! Continue to work hard in your classes.
  • Embrace leadership opportunities and remain active and engaged in the community.
  • Review Common App and school specific applications with your counselor.
  • Review and polish final drafts of your personal statement and supplements.
  • Submit applications and test scores (as necessary).
  • Submit financial aid forms as necessary.
  • Research scholarship options and review deadlines.
  • Evaluate final decisions with your counselor.
  • Select one college and deposit by May 1.
  • Graduate!
  • Gap year or transfer students – you may continue to contact your college counselor after graduation for assistance with any of your future applications or plans.