Throughout the Academic Year
Continue to pursue a challenging course load as appropriate. Keep in mind that colleges and universities like to see students challenge themselves to the extent that they can. For some, this challenge will come in the form of a college preparatory curriculum like the curriculum at HIES. Students in a college preparatory curriculum may show that they are challenging themselves by going beyond the minimum graduation requirements in subject areas such as foreign language, history, and laboratory science. For other students, a challenging curriculum may come in the form of Honors or Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Students and families are reminded that a student's bid for admission is considered in light of how well they perform within their chosen courses. There is no perfect formula for course selection for all students. Similarly, there is no minimum number of Honors or AP courses required for admission. Because every student presents with different strengths and academic interests, students are encouraged to explore a wide breadth and depth of courses that are of interest to them.
October - PSAT Testing
HIES administers the PSAT exam to sophomores on a designated weekday on campus.
Plan for a Meaningful Summer Experience
As early as February, seek out academic programs, internships, volunteer work, or other worthwhile activities that will enrich your summer months. A list of programs is available on the Summer Programs page of the College Counseling section of hies.org.
February - April - Class Advising Meetings
Deans meet with students and parents individually to recommend and select classes for the junior year.
May - AP Exams
June - SAT Subject Tests
Those students taking accelerated courses are advised to consult with their teachers about registering in April for the SAT Subject Tests to be taken in June.
Summer - Visit College Campuses
It’s never too early to start!