You may be wondering if there is anything you should be doing to prepare in 9th and 10th grades for the college admission process. Given the frenzy of the college admission process in the national media, it’s easy to feel like you’re already behind. You are not! The reality is this: for this process to go well, it has to correspond to adolescent development. Experience clearly shows that starting too early results in a process focused on the wrong ideas: “How do I get in?” becomes more important than “What am I looking for? and "What is the best fit for me?"
At St. Vincent High School, we feel strongly that students are best prepared for the college process if they concentrate on academics and their high school education first, honing interests and developing passions. Having said this, we agree that it is important for students and families to have a sense of what is coming in the college horizon in order to be ready for the next steps. We have created the following Checklists and Timelines to assist families in navigating the years ahead.