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
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:
Schools where the admissions criteria is slightly above your credentials OR any school with a very low acceptance rate, regardless of your credentials.
Schools where the admissions criteria seems very similar to your credentials. You have a 50/50 chance of being accepted.
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.
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.
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.
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.