If you've learned anything from us here at AIM, it's that the stress of college planning and college application is significantly decreased if you start to plan early.
Starting early is super crucial in avoiding much of the stress and anxiety of applying to college overseas.
Here's a quick run down of some of the steps / considerations you should be making at the various stages in your high school life.
LOWER / MIDDLE SCHOOL: GRADE 7-8
You may think it's a bit early to start thinking about college at this point, but trust us -- it is not.
We actually recommend doing an Initial Strategy Consultation with us at AIM from as early as GRADE 8, so that both you AND your student understand fully what is needed for the journey to college ahead. We'll always recommend being PROACTIVE than REACTIVE.
This is the best time to explore your interests and get yourself on track to achieving your goals! Here's what you can do at this point:
UPPER SCHOOL: GRADE 9 & 10 / 4th & 5th FORM
Now that you've laid a good foundation for yourself in lower school and, by now, have a pretty good idea about what you want to pursue as a career and where you see yourself in the future, it's time to start taking direct action.
The US & Canadian high school follows a 4 year projection, and so if you are currently enrolled in a system that does not mimic the US & Canadian high school system, you will need to equate your school years to theirs as you prepare to apply to US or Canadian universities. Grade 9 & 10 in the US and Canada is equivalent to 4th & 5th Form in UK & Caribbean based high schools.
Here's what you should be doing during this time period:
JUNIOR YEAR (GRADE 11) / LOWER 6 (GRADE 12)
This is arguable the most important year in regards to your college application. This is the most recent full year of school that colleges will assess. If there was a time to be extra? It's now.
SENIOR YEAR (GRADE 12) / UPPER 6 (GRADE 13)
The final leg! The first half of this year will be filled with not only maintaining school work and extracurricular commitments, but also filling out college applications, writing college essays, and maybe taking the SAT one last time (if needs be).
Here's what this year should look like:
This guide is by no means exhaustive and only offers a cursory look at what is required, at each stage to successfully apply to college.
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