Juniors Class of 2021
Counselor Distance Learning
- April 7, 2020 - Junior Activity 1
- April 9, 2020 - Junior Activity 2
- April 13, 2020 - Junior Activity 3
Junior Post-Secondary Planning Evening - Monday, May 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The Edina High School Counseling Department invites you and your parent or guardian to attend a Distance Learning Junior Post-Secondary Planning Evening with representatives of the counseling department from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Our goal is to bring you some resources and tools to help with your post-secondary planning. We will also give you an opportunity to ask some questions as we all have them during these unprecedented times. To join, visit our YouTube page (linked here) and access our live video stream at 6 p.m.
- October 24, 2019 - 11th Grade Game Plan
- November 14, 2019 - Strategies to Explore and Discover your Fit
- November 21, 2019 - Junior Planning Meeting
- December 5, 2019 - Naviance SuperMatch
- December 19, 2019 - Smart College List
- March 12, 2020 - Managing the College Application Process, Powerpoint Managing the College Application Process
October 25, 2018 - Growth Mindset
November 1, 2018 - Multiple Intelligences: Part 1
- November 15, 2018 - Multiple Intelligences: Part 2
- February 28, 2019 - Road Trip Nation
Events 2019-20 School Year
College Workshop for Junior Parents - Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Fick Auditorium
During this evening, parents will be able to attend sessions covering a wide variety of topics within the college exploration process. High School and College Admissions professionals will share their expertise throughout the evening. We highly encourage you to come out and receive valuable information regarding some of the major topics within college admissions. Parents will have the option of attending four of the five following sessions:
- Navigating College Applications
- Financial Aid - How to Get Started/What should you be doing now?
- The role of Counselors, Students and Parents in the College Process
- Student Athletes and the NCAA Clearinghouse
- Standardized Testing - 2020 and Beyond
- College Planning Calendar
- Junior "To Do" Calendar
- Definitions of Admission Options in Higher Education
- EHS Career and College Programming for Juniors
- Financial Aid 101
- Parent Naviance Account
- College Parent/Guardian Questionnaire for Counselor Recommendation
Events 2018-19 School Year
College Planning Process Sophomore Parent Meeting - Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:00 p.m., EPAC
You are cordially invited to the first in a series of four meetings regarding the college planning process presented by the EHS counseling department. The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Edina Performing Arts Center (EPAC).
The following information will be shared:
- Edina High School Counseling Program
- Testing: What tests and when?
- College Rep Visits @ EHS and Campus Visits by student/family
- Junior Timeline
A Question & Answer Session will follow
We will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:00 p.m. We hope that you will be able to join us for this evening of information about the beginning of the college process for our sophomore students.
Afraid that you are going to miss something--an important test, a deadline, etc. Have a question about dates later in the year? Take a look at the junior calendar. It takes you month to month through the school year. It is a great thing to run off and put on your refrigerator or the bulletin board in your room, so that you don’t miss anything.
Junior Planning Calendar
Examples of Common App Prompts: The Common Application Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 essay prompts. The essay should be no more that 650 words (650 words is your limit, not your goal). The application will not accept a response shorter than 250 words. (use for examples)
The College and Career Center opened on Monday, September 9. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m. The College and Career Center is located near the Media Center. It is staffed by parent volunteers. The major purpose is to serve as the meeting place for college representatives when they visit Edina High School.Last year, well over 225 college representatives visited Edina High School. These representatives are the ones who process the students' applications and who will be helping with the decision about college acceptance. It is important that they learn about Edina High School and its academic programs and it is important they get to know prospective students. The bottom line: these visits help the student decide where to apply and also may be a factor about whether a student is accepted at a college or not. Don't miss out on these chances to find out more information about college that interest you and to meet the representatives that work with Edina students.
Juniors are reminded to watch the listings of college representative visits that are listed in Naviance. The representatives are here for juniors and seniors. Juniors are also urged to get their list of schools entered into Naviance so that they will receive e-mail reminders when a college on their list comes to visit.Date/Time: October 2, 2019 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.Date/Time: October 3, 2019 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Place: Minneapolis Convention CenterRegister: https://register.gotocollegefairs.com/Registration/EventSelectForState?StateName=MinnesotaThe PSAT test will be given on TBA from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Registration takes place at Edina High School. Students mus register to take the test. The PSAT is a practice SAT and is also the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program. See PSAT for more information about the test, registration information and who should take it.The PSAT is an optional test offered primarily for juniors.The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).PSAT NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a change to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
- critical reading skills
- math problem-solving skills
- writing skills
You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:
- to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can the focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (only for grade 11)
- to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
Scores were emailed the week of December 9th to the student email provided on the day of testing.
The counseling staff recommends that juniors sign up and register for both the SAT and ACT (with Writing) prior to the end of their junior year. Students will often do better on one test than the other and this gives the student an opportunity to compare scores and in many cases use the best one. By taking the test last spring, a student has the chance to re-take the test again in this fall. Students will also have a test score in case they should decide to go early decision in the fall.
Some students who are looking at more selective colleges and the University of California system may also need to take the SAT Subject Tests. This will require an extra test date. (These colleges generally prefer the Math—Level 1 or Level 2 (the more difficult of the two, if possible) and one other test of the student’s choice—usually in an area where a student feels strong. It appears that most schools will only require two subject tests, but some schools may require a third test. It is best to check the requirements of your specific colleges or universities.
Compass's web site lists the schools that require or recommend SAT Subject tests. Many of our students choose U. S. History, a foreign language, literature, or a science, depending on the individual student’s strengths. Books containing sample tests are available in the public library or Barnes and Noble. Taking one of these practice tests will help show where a student is most likely to be successful.) Students were advised to take the SAT Subject Tests near the end of the school year to take advantage of reviews for final exams in their classes—especially AP classes, but a student can still sign up to take the subject tests this fall. Registration can be done on the internet or registration packets can be picked up in the guidance office or career center. (With deadlines fast approaching, remember that registering online is faster and the student will know immediately if there is room at the testing site he or she requests.) Please see Testing.
Underclassman and their parents may wish to visit the NCAA web site in order to be aware of the requirements changes that could affect future college athletes. Click on "Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete." There is a pamphlet and a short book that are must reads for students (and their parents) who are hoping to play a college.
Updated May 12, 2020