Academics
College Guidance

College Planning Timeline

9th Grade

  • Get great grades in all of your classes
  • Seek assistance and tutoring if you are struggling in any of your classes. First speak to your teacher, then your adviser, the department chair and then your guidance counselor.
  • Make sure you have a thesaurus so that you can increase your vocabulary
  • Get involved in activities in the community and at school that interest you
  • Attend college open houses
  • Talk to your advisor about your future plans how that aligns with your future coursework
  • Make sure you sign up for rigorous classes for 10th grade
  • Maintain a clean discipline record

10th Grade

  • Get great grades in all of your classes.
  • Seek assistance and tutoring if you are struggling in any of your classes
  • Try to gain leadership experiences in your sports and activities
  • Make sure you sign up for rigorous classes for 11th grade.
  • Consider getting a job to help with your future college expenses
  • Begin researching scholarships and their requirements.
  • Create a functional resume.
  • Begin researching college websites of schools that you think you may be interested in or go to the library and take out books about various colleges
  • Take several virtual college tours
  • Learn and understand the admissions requirements for various colleges
  • Make sure you sign up for rigorous classes for 11th grade
  • Go to the library or go online to take practice tests for the PSAT’s
  • Talk to adults you know about the college they attended
  • Try to enroll in a summer college program where you can earn college credits
  • Attend college open houses and visit programs

11th Grade

  • Take the PSAT
  • Get great grades in all of your classes
  • Seek assistance and tutoring if you are struggling in any of your classes.
  • Attend local college fairs.
  • Attend college open houses.
  • Think about your passion
  • Continue to research scholarships.
  • Meet with Mrs. Scott a minimum of two times to discuss colleges that may fit your criteria during the spring semester
  • Meet with the college admission counselors that visit your school
  • Visit as many schools as you can, go on local college tours
  • Make sure you sign up for at least 4 rigorous academic (English, Math, History, Science and/or Foreign Language) classes senior year
  • Practice, practice and practice for your SAT/ACT. Sign up for the free SAT prep class here at CFS!
  • Take the SAT/ACT in the spring of your junior year
  • Write a draft of your personal statement
  • At the end of the 11th grade ask two teachers that really know you to write letters of recommendation for you
  • Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you plan to pursue an NCAA sport during college

12th Grade

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  • Summer

    • Try to visit as many colleges as you can
    • Work so that you can pay your college application fees
    • Continue to work on skills that will help you with your SAT/ACT
    • Continue editing your personal statement
    • Research and apply for scholarships
    • Find out which schools have supplements and begin working on them
    • Start your Common Application that opens August 1
  • Fall

    • Sign up for the October SAT in early September.
    • Meet with Mrs. Scott a minimum of twice
    • Meet with college admissions counselors visiting CFS
    • Make sure the college counselor receives the letters of recommendation from your teachers
    • Stay on top of your classes
    • Submit the scholarship applications
    • Visit colleges that are of a strong interest
    • Find out the various admissions guidelines, deadlines and notifications for each school that you are considering
    • Submit your application for each college by Thanksgiving Break
    • Attend financial aid workshops to learn how to fill out the FAFSA
    • Schedule college interviews
  • Winter/Spring

    • Follow up with each of the schools you applied to and make sure they received all of the required materials.
    • Fill out the FAFSA form and send it to every school you applied to by February 1st of your senior year.
    • Keep your grades high, as most schools will see your mid-year grades before they will make their decision.
    • Learn more about the schools you were accepted to. Attend any special programs that are for admitted students.
    • Carefully review the financial aid package. Always ask for more money. Remember this is a four-year financial commitment.
    • If you received any outside scholarships make sure you send them a thank you note.
    • Send your deposit to the school that you will attend in the fall. Remember that the deposit can be anywhere from $200-$800 or more. Deposits are almost all universally due by May 1st to ensure your spot at the particular college.
    • Complete your senior-check out with Mrs. Scott.

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The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School continues to fulfill its mission of educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.