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Looking Ahead to your Future

Looking Ahead to Your Future


The following TIME LINE was designed for each grade level to assist students in preparing for each year and planning for post high school.

All WHS students are requested to log-on to their account with Family Connection powered by Naviance--a comprehensive Website to use in making decisions about colleges and careers. Family Connection is linked with Naviance Succeed in our Counseling Office, which we use to track and analyze data about college and career plans; it provides up-to-date information that is specific to Wilton High School. Go tohttps://connection.naviance.com to access Family Connection powered by Naviance. If you have any questions, please feel free to discuss them with your counselor.




Freshmen Year
Take the Challenge

Things to think about:

What are my talents and strengths?
Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
In which courses am I particularly strong?
In what areas do I need to build more skills?

Things to do:

Develop a Wilton High School personal file, highlighting academic, extra curricular and community involvement/awards (through Family Connection powered by Naviance. Freshmen Family Connection accounts activated 2nd semester.
Become familiar with graduation requirements.
Carry a strong academic program and maintain excellent attendance record.
Develop a relationship with your counselor and teachers.
Maintain strong academic performance.
Seek assistance or support when needed from teachers and counselor
Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about your sophomore course selections (late January).
Make an appointment to familiarize yourself with the College Career Resource Center.


Become involved in an extra-curricular activity, sports, clubs, music volunteer work, etc.
If taking Honors Biology (Bio 3) prepare for Biology Subject Test (SAT Subject Test). This is taken in June; consult with your Biology 3 teacher.

People to talk to:

Your parents.
Your teachers.
Your counselors.
College Career Resource Center Staff




Sophomore Year
Keep Going---Keep Growing

Things to think about:

In which subjects did I excel?
Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
Am I giving my best to sophomore courses?
Of my unique talents and strengths, which would I most like to develop?
Am I involved in at least one extra-curricular activity or community service?
What potential career/post high school option have I considered?
Am I familiar with the College Career Resource Center at WHS?

Things to do:

Update my personal file (resume) through Family Connection powered by Naviance account.
Carry a strong academic program.
Seek assistance from teachers and counselors when needed.

Register @ WHS for PSAT/NMSQT test in October in the Student Center.
Maintain strong academic performance and maintain excellent attendance record.
Be aware of your graduation requirements.
Talk with your teachers, parents, and counselors about course selections for Junior year (late January).
Review eligibility for National Honor Society; apply in the Spring (3.50 GPA).
Visit The College Career Resource Center to explore post high school plans and interest.
Take the Interest Survey and review results with counselor and College Career Resource Center staff.
During your travels, drive through college campuses.
Continue involvement in extra curricular activities.
Consult with academic teacher and counselor concerning SAT Subject Test(s) (ie; Chemistry 3)

People to talk to:

Your parents.
Your teachers.
Your counselors.
College Career Resource Center staff.
People who are involved in the professions of your interest.




Junior Year
It's Up To You---You Decide

Things to think about:

Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
Am I giving my best to Junior course work?
With which teachers have I established a strong rapport? (Potential college/job letters of recommendation).
Which talents or strengths might I want to further develop through college studies or post high school plans?
Which activities will I highlight on my college/job application?

Things to do:

Update my personal file (resume) through Family Connection powered by Naviance account.
Carry strong academic programs.
Register for PSAT/NMSQT test in October.
Continue extra-curricular activities.
Maintain strong academic performance and an excellent attendance record.
Check your graduation requirements.
Complete College Search Program in the College Career Resource Center
Attend College Fair Partnership at Wilton High School Field House in October.
Attend Junior-Parent Post High School Planning Evening
Attend any other college fairs in the area.
Attend Financial Aid Meetings
Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about Senior year course selections.
Talk with parents about college needs, interests, etc
List college choices.
Consult academic teachers about SAT Subject Tests.
Register for SAT Reasoning Test (March, May or June administration).
If taking an AP course, Register for AP Exams (May).
Release SAT scores during the summer (especially if you are applying Early). This process may take up to 5 weeks and not all schools accept "Rush" scores.
Register for ACT
Schedule interviews and college visits for Spring, Summer and/or Fall.

People to talk to:

Your parents.
Your teachers.
Your counselors.
College Career Center Staff.
College admissions personnel and financial aid officers.
People who are involved in professions of your interest.




Senior Year
You Are Almost There

Things to think about:

Am I enrolled in a strong academic program?
Am I continuing to challenge myself?
Have I written for college catalogues, applications, financial aid information, searched college Websites, visited the College Career Resource Center?
Am I giving my best to senior course work?
Have I obtained enough information about the colleges of my choice and application deadlines?
Am I meeting with my senior counselor regularly?
Have I made campus visits to my top colleges?

Things to do:

Update my personal file through Family Connection powered by Naviance, especially your college application information.
Complete the "Seniors Only" Questionnaire through your Family Connection account. Your Counselor will use this for your Letter of Recommendation.
Register for SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests
Maintain strong academic record and attendance.
Check your graduation requirements.
Seek assistance from teacher and counselors when needed.
Continue extra curricular activities and community involvement.
Meet with your counselor to finalize post high school plan (September-November).


Visit with a College Rep in the College Center-view listing in your Naviance Account

Attend College Fair Partnership @ WHS (October).
Complete college applications (September-December).
Be aware of deadlines including early decision and early action options.
Avoid "Senioritis"!
Be aware of local scholarships-login to your Naviance Account for a listing
Attend Financial Aid meetings.
Have parents complete Financial Aid Form (January).
If taking an AP course, register for AP exams.
Relax and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

People to talk to:

Your parents.
Your teachers.
Your counselors.
College Career Center staff.
College admissions personnel and financial aid officers.
College Reps visiting the College Career Resource Center. Login to your Naviance Account for listings
College friends and WHS graduates. View "Friends on Campus" files in the College Center.
People who are involved in professions of your interest.