Educators: 11th Grade Checklist

11th Grade Educator Checklist

Junior year is key to help students do their best in school and refine their college options with support from their families.

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  • Do well in school.

    Help students set academic and personal goals for the year in order to stay motivated and focused.
          Discuss ways to take on challenges. Help students understand that failure is a learning experience and an opportunity for growth.

    Be vocal about your high expectations.

    Emphasize the importance of attendance.

    Offer a variety of instructional practices and consider learning styles.
    Teach skills such as taking notes, making outlines, and doing research.

    Provide extra academic support such as tutoring outside of regular classroom hours.
         ● Encourage students to help each other as well as use online resources.

    Celebrate academic achievements.

    Encourage reading for pleasure.
         ● Provide class time for personal reading.
         ● Visit the library as a class and teach students how to check out books.

    Help students practice good written and oral communication skills.
    Assign writing in every class, regardless of subject.
          Assign common college and scholarship application essay prompts in English class.
          Have students present to the class to practice public speaking.

    Help students write a résumé using their list of activities.

    Help students create and use a professional e-mail for college search activities.
  • Take the right classes.

    Review transcripts with students and families to make sure they have the right classes to graduate and apply to college.

    Encourage all students to take math all four years of high school.

    Offer honors or advanced classes, including opportunities to earn college credit in high school.

    Offer foreign/world languages.

    Offer electives including career and technical education (CTE) classes so that all students can have full schedules.
  • Get organized.

    Provide and/or encourage the use of a paper or digital planner or calendar to keep track of assignments and deadlines.

    Provide strategies like a binder or folder for keeping notes and papers organized.

    Model good organizational habits.

    Provide quiet study spaces before, during and after school -  especially for students who may not have access to technology at home.

    Help students update thir file of important documents.
    Include a list of activities, copies of report cards and a list of awards and honors. These will be useful for college and scholarship applications.

    Help students write a résumé using their list of activities.

    Help students create and use a professional e-mail for college search activities.
  • Prepare for college admission tests.

    Share information about college admissions tests and test optional admissions.

    FALL: Encourage students to take the PSAT/NMSQT to qualify for scholarships.

    FALL: Help students take practice tests for the ACT or SAT and review material.

    SPRING: Encourage students to sign up for and take the SAT or ACT.



  • Get involved.

    Offer a variety of school extracurriculars including academically-focused ones.

    Encourage community service and help connect students with volunteer opportunities.

    Partner with community organizations to provide afterschool and summer programs, internships or jobs.
  • Spend time with good people.

    Provide peer, near-peer and adult mentoring opportunities.
    Create advisory or other mentoring programs so that every student feels connected and has a positive relationship.
         ● Help older students serve as role models and mentors for younger students.

    Engage families in school activities.
  • Make good choices.

    Teach and model good digital citizenship and safe online and phone behavior.
          Help students set appropriate privacy settings on social media.
          Remind students to only share information with people they know and trust, that information can live online forever and to always ask themselves: would I want my grandma/teacher/religious leader to see this?

    Teach students the risks of behaviors like drinking, doing drugs, and having sex.

    Set a culture of respect and kindness in your classroom and school.



  • Explore college and career options.

    Help students list 3-5 careers that match their interests and the education they will need for each career.
         Offer job shadowing or internships for students to learn more.

    Review the importance of finding the right fit.
         ● Ensure your school is ready to support students when they apply to college next year by helping colleges understand how your students might be a good match. Update (or create) your high school profile.

    Help students refine their list of colleges and universities to 5-10 options.
    Include two-year and four-year options as well as in-state and out-of-state choices.
         ● Have students confirm that these colleges have the program or major for their chosen careers.
         ● Have students research admission requirements for each college to make sure they’re on track.
         ● SPRING: Help students make a list (paper or online) of deadlines for their top colleges.

    Help students who are undocumented or are interested in the arts, military or playing sports research special requirements.

    Help students get to know colleges.
         ● Plan visits to students' top college choices. Be sure to sign up with the admissions office to take an official tour and go to an information session. Take advantage of official group visit days.
         ● Teach students how to explore colleges online with virtual tours and using social media.
          Set up a trip to a college fair if there is one in your area.
  • Learn about paying for college.

    Explain at every opportunity that college is affordable.

    Cover the four basic types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, loans, and work study.

    Help students and families explore the different costs of college.
          Help students and families complete the FAFSA4Caster to estimate how much financial aid they may receive.
          Teach students and families about the net price of the colleges.

    Share information about college savings accounts including matched savings accounts that provide extra money for college.


For more information on creating a college-going culture schoolwide and additional resources, visit oregongearup.org.