• CAREER PATHWAYS & TIMELINE

     
    The goal of the Forest Lake High School is to ensure that all students will graduate with the skills necessary to attend college without the need to take remedial classes in the areas of reading, writing, or mathematics once enrolled in college. Each student will have the opportunity to pursue, at his/her own choice, a relevant high school program (career path) that will prepare him/her for a selective college or university, a demanding technical school or training program or the military.
     
     
     

    Timeline for planning during junior high and high school: 

  • 7th & 8th Grade:

    • Begin thinking about the high school classes that will prepare you for college. Take the most difficult classes you can handle.
    • Ask your parents or teachers to help you develop good study habits.
    • Practice setting and reaching goals.
    • Volunteer in your community.
    • Take interest and skills assessments to help you think about possible career options.
    • Talk with your school counselor and parents about careers that interest you.
    • Create a tentative high school class plan.
    • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.

    9th & 10th Grade:

    • Begin thinking about the high school classes that will prepare you for college. Take the most difficult classes you can handle.
    • Ask your parents or teachers to help you develop good study habits.
    • Practice setting and reaching goals.
    • Volunteer in your community.
    • Take interest and skills assessments to help you think about possible career options.
    • Talk with your school counselor and parents about careers that interest you.
    • Create a tentative high school class plan.
    • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.
    • Take interest and skills assessments to help you explore careers options.
    • Talk with your school counselor about career options and the education required for those careers.
    • Talk with your parents about saving and paying for college.
    • Talk with friends, teachers, counselors and your parents about college.
    • Participate in extracurricular activities and continue volunteering in the community
    • Review your high school class plan. Take the most difficult classes you can handle. Stay focused on your schoolwork.
    • Sign up for classes that will earn college credit during your junior year 
      • Advanced Placement Courses
      • College in the Schools
      • Post-secondary Enrollment Options
    • Explore internships and apprenticeships.
    • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.

    11th Grade:

    • Attend college and financial aid events.
    • Mentor others and have a mentor for yourself.
    • Take the PSAT in the fall to prepare for the SAT, and to identify areas where you need improvement.
    • Consider possible career options and investigate the type of education that is needed.
    • Request materials from schools that interest you and visit their websites.
    • Arrange campus visits to those schools that interest you.
    • Participate in extracurricular activities and continue volunteering.
    • Request admissions and financial aid forms.
    • Sign up for classes that will earn college credit during your senior year through
      • Advanced Placement
      • College in the Schools.
      • Post-secondary Enrollment Options
    • Register for and take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring.
    • Review your high school class plan. Take the most difficult classes you can handle. Stay focused on your schoolwork. Make sure you are meeting your high school graduation requirements.
    • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.
    • Get a job to earn and save money for college, or explore your skills through an internship or apprenticeship.
    • Research private scholarship options.
  • 12th Grade:

    • Stay focused on your schoolwork and take the most difficult classes you can handle. Do not do the senior slide. 
    • Take career interest assessments and determine the education needed for careers that interest you. 
    • Participate in extracurricular activities. 
    • Volunteer in the community. 

    September - November 

    • Arrange campus visits to those schools that interest you. It's okay to go more than once. 
    • Take or retake the ACT and/or SAT in the fall. 
    • Meet with your school counselor to review your high school class plan and post high school plans. 
    • Select the schools to which you will apply. Make a list of deadlines for each school. 
    • Create a resume of your academic, athletic and work activities as well as other achievements. Prepare a portfolio if you're interested in the arts. 
    • Ask for recommendations (if required) from teachers, counselors and others who can comment on your abilities and talents. 
    • Attend a financial aid event. Review a copy of Paying for College. 
    • Check if there is still time to sign up for spring classes that will earn college credit through 
      • Advanced Placement
      • College in the Schools. 
      • Post-secondary Enrollment Options

    December - February 

    • Apply to four or more colleges that interest you. Some may have earlier or later deadlines. (Make copies of each application.) 
    • Attend a financial aid event if you haven't already done so. Review a copy of Paying for College. 
    • Apply for scholarships offered by the colleges to which you have applied and the Forest Lake Community Scholarships.
    • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. You and your parents will need the previous year's income tax information to complete the it. 
    • Review you Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy. 

    March - May 

    • Have your final high school transcript sent to the colleges to which you've applied. 
    • Choose a college and notify in writing those you don't plan to attend. 
    • Send in any required forms or deposits. 
    • Make sure you are on track for graduating. 

    Summer 

    • Get a job to earn money for college. 
    • Review orientation materials from the college you selected. 
    • If living on campus, check with the college for a list of what's provided by the school and what the school expects the student to provide. 
    • Contact your roommate.