• Mr. Jeff Neill

Class of 2021 College Counseling Timeline


Last Updated: 17 January 2020

Each application cycle for a given graduating class -- in this case, the Class of 2021 -- obtains its own, unique quality based upon events and occurrences that cannot always be anticipated. As such, while any timeline is subject to change, those pertaining to college applications are particularly so. That said, what we share here is a thorough accounting of the timeline that we expect to follow. We will modify and reshare this post as things change and adjust.


January 2020

January marks the beginning the of the formal college counseling process. While students will begin their college counseling classes, they will also begin meeting individually with their college counselor, both of which will continue on for the next 12 months. To start things off, we will focus on the college essays, working in partnership with the English Department to provide workshops for the juniors.

  • January 27 - G11 College Counseling Class 1

  • January 28 - G11 Essay Workshop 1

  • January 30 - G11 Essay Workshop 2

February 2020

In February, students will continue on with the requisite components of self-exploration and research skills that are essential to the college search. They will begin to construct lists in February as well.

  • February 3 - G11 Essay Workshop 3

  • February 5 - G11 Essay Workshop 4

  • February 7 - G11 Essay Workshop 5

  • February 8 - ACT Test (not @ ISD)

  • February 10 - G11 College Counseling Class 2

  • February 17 - College Counseling Closed: US Presidents Day

  • February 20 - Parent Welcome to College Counseling - Grade 11 Parents

  • February 24 - 27 - Week Without Walls

  • February 28 - College Counseling Closed: WWW Day Off

March 2020

The month of March sees our juniors continue on with their researching of colleges and list-building. We will also cover some of the major components of the application and identify unique components of our individual students’ processes.

  • March 2 - G11 College Counseling Class 3

  • March 10 - Parent Coffee: The College List - Grade 9-11 Parents

  • March 14 - SAT (not @ ISD)

  • March 16 - 20 - College Counseling Closed: Spring Break

  • March 23 - G11 College Counseling Class 4

April 2020

April tends to be a critical month for college counseling as lists tend to begin to take substantive shape, we will engage with parents as part of our required family meetings, and students will begin to solicit teacher letters of recommendation.

  • April 4 - ACT Test (not @ ISD)

  • April 6 - G11 College Counseling Class 5

  • April 13 - College Counseling Closed: Easter Monday

  • April 14 - Parent Coffee: College Affordability - Grade 9-11 Parents

  • April 20 - G11 College Counseling Class 6

May 2020

Although we continue working with students, much of our work this month tends to focus on individual student needs as we try to do what we can to allow students to focus the bulk of their energies and efforts on finishing their coursework as strongly as possible.

  • May 1 - College Counseling Closed: Labor Day

  • May 2 - SAT @ ISD

  • May 4 - G11 College Counseling Class 7

  • May 5 - Parent Coffee: Applying Across the Globe - Grade 9-11 Parents

  • May 18 - G11 College Counseling Class 8

  • May 25 - College Counseling Closed: Korite

June 2020

Before getting out for the summer, juniors will receive their first round of predicted IB grades, which we will reconcile with their college list to-date. Additionally, we will wrap-up any loose ends with students before sending them off for the summer.

  • June 1 - College Counseling Closed: Pentecost

  • June 2 - Teacher Letter of Recommendation Solicitations Due

  • June 6 - SAT Subject Tests @ ISD (no SAT)

  • June 10 - Last Day of School

  • June 13 - ACT Test (not @ ISD)

  • June 15 - College Counseling Closes for Summer (until August 6)

July 2020

Over the summer, we hope for students to prioritize finding time for rest and relaxation, but we also hope that they are able to focus some time and energy on the college process. The more that students get done over the summer, the less stress presents itself in the busy senior fall.

  • July 18 - ACT Test (not @ ISD)

August 2020

As classes resume in August for the now-seniors, so too do college counseling classes and individual meetings between the student and college counselor. As a whole, the month of August tends to focus on initiating applications, with many applications going live this month.

  • August 3 - College Counseling Opens

  • August 13 - First Day of Classes

  • August 29 - SAT & SAT Subject Tests @ ISD

September 2020

We say that the fall is for “re-doing” things: revising essays, retaking exams, reconfirming lists, reconnecting with admissions reps, etc, and September sits at the heart of that for our seniors. Seniors will particularly focus on finalizing their applications and supplements.

  • September 12 - ACT Test (not @ ISD)

  • September 25 - Teacher Letters of Recommendation Due

October 2020

With application deadlines begin in earnest this month, October is a time for refining, finalizing, and submitting. With our expectation that students submit applications two weeks ahead of posted deadlines, October tends to be when most first apps are submitted. At the beginning of the month, students will receive updated IB predicted scores meant to be used with any early applications due before January 1.

  • October 3 - SAT & SAT Subject Tests @ ISD

  • October 12 - 16 - College Counseling Closed: Fall Break

  • October 18 - Internal Submission Deadline for 11/1 Apps

  • October 24 - ACT Test (not @ ISD)

November 2020

Building on the trends of October, November is a time when students are tweaking and putting final flourishes on their applications. Many early application deadlines come about this month, and students will also be turning their attention to applications due in the New Year. Toward the end of this month, students will receive updated predicted IB scores, which are intended to be used with any applications due January 1 or later.

  • November 26 - 27 - College Counseling Closed - US Thanksgiving Break

  • November 30 - University of California application deadline

December 2020

This month students work to complete their applications before heading off on break. The vast majority of applications will be submitted this month, ahead of January 1 deadlines. Additionally, many early applications submitted earlier will be releasing their decisions as we get closer to the holiday vacation.

  • December 5 - SAT & SAT Subject Tests @ ISD

  • December 11 - Internal Submission Deadline for 1/1 Apps

  • December 12 - ACT Test (not @ ISD)

  • December 16 - College Counseling Closes for Winter Break (until January 6)

January 2021

While most students will already have submitted their applications, there are additional deadlines in January. When seniors return from the holidays, our work together switches from college applications to transitioning to college.

  • January 6 - Classes Resume & College Counseling Opens

Onward from February 2021

After January, there are still application deadlines here and there throughout the world, with some applications not begin able to be submitted until after graduation. Still, most students will work through a process whereby they will receive application results starting as early as December and running through April. Most students will make their final college decision on or around May 1, particularly those students applying to US institutions. Heading into graduation and the summer, students will sit for their IB exams and then receive their final IB scores in July at which point they will reconcile their results with any conditional offers.

  • May 1 - Universal Deposit Deadline - The date by which students must render a decision on any acceptance to the USA and submit a deposit to one and only one such school.

  • ~July 15 - IB Exam Scores Released

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