11th Graders

Hello, Juniors!
 
This year, you might be taking some of the most challenging classes you have taken in high school, and it is the last year you can make an impact in your grades for college admissions. These two things along with upcoming college admission tests can make you "freak out" a bit!  Don't stress!  Take it one step at a time, and you will prove to yourself you can do anything!
 

Click on the blue links for more information on any of the items below.


Naviance|Student

Your one-stop shop for college and career information!

http://student.naviance.com/tomballmhs

Username – Student ID #

Password – Click "forgot password."  A temporary password will be sent to your school email.  Be sure to check your spam folder. Avoid using copy/paste to avoid accidentally copying a space. (Login FAQs)

Naviance Tasks for Seniors:

  • Add/update your email in Naviance under About Me Tab > My Account – MUST READ EMAILS!
  • Update your resume – under About Me > My Stuff
  • Search for colleges on SuperMatch®
  • Research Careers 
  • x2VOL – Track Community Service

 

Community Service Hours Deadlines

 

The number of hours required to earn the service cord have been adjusted to120 total hours for Classes 2021-2024. The requirement for class of 2025 and beyond will be reassessed.

 

These hours must be entered and approved in x2VOL on the Naviance platform to earn the cord.  Please note: this is not a requirement for graduation



11th Grade Checklist

 

Fall

  • Work hard to maintain/improve grades. Finish strong by choosing challenging coursework for senior year!
  • Continue school involvement and consider leadership roles. 
  • Begin to take a more serious look at colleges.  Go to college fairs, open houses, or tours.  Start creating a list of potential colleges using an online tool like Naviance or Cappex.com. 
  • Research academic programs, location, size, cost, activities, etc.  
  • Research entrance requirements (required test scores, deadlines, essay requirements, scholarship opportunities, etc.)  

 

Spring

  • Review your PSAT scores and start studying for an upcoming SAT.
  • Prepare and take the SAT School Day test in March offered for free during the school day for all juniors (just like PSAT).
  • Consider taking the ACT, the other widely accepted college entrance exam.
  • Plan to test as many times as needed to achieve your highest score. Check the minimum scores required for merit scholarships on college websites to determine your goal.
  • Due to COVID, many colleges are not requiring SAT/ACT scores for admission.  However, students need to check with their intended colleges for their specific college admission requirements. 

Keep in mind that colleges may still require scores for scholarships and course placement. You can find the SAT/ACT Test Dates on the TMHS College & Career Websites under the SAT/ACT Test Dates & Resources.

  • See SAT/ACT handout for tips!
  • Begin planning college visits.  Spring Break may be a good time to visit, but visiting during a school day may be ideal.
  • College Days – Juniors are allowed 2 absences to visit colleges with pre-approval. These won’t count against final exemptions.  See your AP office.
  • Consider teachers, coaches, employers who may write you a letter of recommendation for college applications/scholarships.  Not all colleges will require these but many scholarships will.
  • Study and register for college entrance exams – SAT/ACT.
  • Interested in playing sports in college?  Check out the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Talk to your coaches for tips!
  • Start thinking about college cost: Use the FAFSA4caster to estimate financial aid.
  • Use a free scholarship search tool to find scholarships for which you might want to apply.  Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th/12th grade.  There are scholarships available for every grade but the majority are for graduating seniors.
  • Explore careers including earning potential and job outlook – Occupational Outlook Handbook (bls.gov/oco)
  • College Board Opportunity Scholarships - Click on THIS link to learn more about this scholarship opportunity for completing tasks in CollegeBoard.

 

 

College Application Process

Most college applications open in July/August - the summer before your senior year. You can get an early start by reviewing the requirements for all the colleges you plan to apply to.

 

4 Requirements for a Complete Application

  1. Application (includes essays, short answers, resume information, etc.)
  2. Official Test Scores (from testing agency)
  3. Official Transcript 
  4. Application Fee (may be waived if you qualify for free/reduced lunch)

 

Common Application Platforms:  Check each college to see what application platform they use/recommend.  Apply Texas and Common App are the most popular. You can create one profile and copy for use with other colleges.

 

  • For Texas public universities fill out the application at www.applytexas.org.
  • For many private and/or out-of-state universities, complete the application at www.commonapp.org. Additional forms and reports will be required for the Common Application.
  • You can preview these for your senior year, but you can't start the application until it opens. 

Transcript Orders

  • Updated class ranks/GPAs will be posted in late June.  You will receive further instructions via email regarding where to access this information and how to request transcripts for college applications at that time.

College App Kickoff

This Summer!


  • Need help starting your college apps??
  • Need help with your college essays??
  • TMHS will be offering a College App Kickoff  presented by college admissions reps

DATE TBD – Stay tuned!  Read your emails!