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College Process

For a detailed explanation of much of the following information, please refer to the Post Secondary Guide. Each student will receive this in 11th grade from their counselor.

Information for 11th Grade Students and Families

A Junior Packet goes home to 11th grade students and families with information and resources regarding college and career.
Access the Junior Packet here:
Letter to Juniors in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole for 2017
Let's Get Ready Flyer for Spring 2018

Naviance

Naviance is a web-based program for post secondary planning. All students at SHS have a Naviance account and should be using it. Their username and password are the same as their Aspen X2 username and password. All parents/guardians also have Naviance accounts and can access them by following the Naviance Parent Login Instructions. Note: the first time a parent/guardian logs into Naviance, they must have a registration code, which is also your Aspen X2 password. If you are the parent/guardian of multiple students at SHS, choose one student’s Aspen X2 password to initially set up your parent account and then contact Melanie Kessler at mkessler@k12.somerville.ma.us to link your students’ accounts.

College List

Most students have between 8-10 schools on their list. Others may have more or fewer - talk to your counselor about what is right for you. College lists must include the following:

Reach Schools

Schools where the admissions criteria is slightly above your credentials OR any school with a very low acceptance rate, regardless of your credentials.

Target/Match Schools

Schools where the admissions criteria seems very similar to your credentials. You have a 50/50 chance of being accepted.

Safety/Likely Schools

Schools where your credentials appear to be above the admissions criteria for a school.

Financial Safety Schools

Schools that will likely be affordable for you and your family. Often these are state schools.

College Entrance Testing

Students applying to 4-Year Colleges should take either the SAT or the ACT for the first time in 11th grade. See our College Entrance Testing page for more information.

College Visits

Students are encouraged to visit as many colleges as possible! It is the best way to determine if that college is for you. In 11th and 12th grade, students can do two Post Secondary Visits that will count as an excused absence. They must fill out the Post Secondary Visit Form.

Recommendations

Teacher Recommendations: Students applying to 4-Year Colleges will likely need two teacher recommendations. Students applying to 2-Year Colleges or other programs may need teacher recommendations as well. Students should always check the requirements at each school/program. Recommendations should be from teachers of a student’s core academic subjects in their 11th or 12th grade years, however, exceptions can be made to this guideline- discuss your teacher recommendation choices with your counselor.

To request a teacher recommendation

  • Fill out the Teacher Recommendation Brag Sheet on Naviance
  • Ask their teacher(s) in person (and provide any additional information they request)
  • Request the teacher on Naviance under your “colleges” page.
  • Submit your Teacher Recommendation Request form once your college list is complete. Teacher Recommendation Request Form

Counselor Recommendations. Students applying to 4-Year Colleges (and some other programs) will likely need a counselor recommendation. Students must:

  • Fill out the Counselor Brag Sheet on Naviance
  • Ask their counselor in person (and provide any additional information they request)
  • Submit your Transcript and Counselor Recommendation Form once your college list is complete.

Financial Aid

SHS believes that students should choose an affordable post secondary path. We partner with an organization called uAspire to help students complete the financial aid application process. See our Financial Aid page for more information.

Class of 2018 School Profile 

Suggested College Application Timeline