College Planning By Year

Freshman and Sophomore Years

  • If you want to enroll at the college of your choice, you must be in class earning good grades.
  • Get to know yourself:  What do you like to do? What are your greatest talents? Work to develop these interest through meaningful activities.
  • Read reference guides and catalogs. Visit college and university websites.
  • Pursue and explore passions, via extracurricular activities, inside and outside of school.
  • If possible, visit colleges with older siblings or friends.

Junior Year

  • October: Take the PSAT – Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.
  • February: Begin individual student self-assessment meetings.
  • March: Visit colleges during spring break; continue individual meetings.
  • April: Take SAT Preparation Course (juniors); complete draft one of college essay and turn in to Counselor.
  • May: Take SAT I Test (all juniors) and Advance Placement (AP) Exams; write to colleges for information and application materials; finalize a list of 15-20 schools with College Counselor before summer: plan summer visits.
  • June-August: Take SAT II Subject Test; visit colleges and interview.

Senior Year

  • September: Individual meetings to finalize list of college choices; Turn in senior questionnaire; turn in final draft of college essay; meet with college reps visiting TKA; meet with your teachers to request recommendations; meet registration deadline for October SAT; meet registration deadline for November SAT.
  • October: SAT I and II Testing; begin completing college applications; meet with college representatives visiting TKA; all Early Decision/Early Action applications are due in college counseling office by mid October; registration deadline for December SAT.
  • November: SAT I and II Testing; meet with college reps visiting TKA; all other applications are due immediately following Thanksgiving break; all teacher recommendation forms to teachers (with stamped/addressed envelopes); complete this BEFORE Thanksgiving Break. December: Optional SAT I and II; Request to have your official SAT scores sent to all colleges to which you have applied.
  • January: File financial aid forms; contact colleges to confirm receipt of application.
  • March: Visit colleges you have not previously seen, or colleges that you are seriously interested in attending.
  • April: All admissions decisions should be mailed to you by April 15.
  • May: Reply to admission offers by May 1; send a deposit to one college only; waiting list will begin to move after mid-May; Advanced Placement exams June; submit form to SAO to have your final transcript forwarded to the college you choose to attend.

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562 N. Britton Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94085
Near Fair Oaks Ave. and Hwy 101

(408) 481-9900

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