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4 Year Planning Checklist

  • Get acquainted with your counselor.
  • Participate in school activities—athletics, drama, student government, clubs.
  • Start thinking about what you plan to do after high school.  If you would like to attend a four year college, make sure that you are on track to meet UC/CSU 'a-g' Requirements.  REMEMBER: you'll need a grade of C- or higher every semester.
  • Develop strong work habits and study skills.  
  • Reach out to your teachers and counselor for support.
  • Get tutoring if to assist you in achieving your highest potential.
  • Visit the College and Career Center.
  • Study hard and get the best grades possible.
  • Start working on your Four Year Plan with your parents and counselor.
  • Earn good grades as a freshman so that you are eligible to take Honors classes sophomore year.
  • Create a 4 year plan  with your counselor to help ensure that you are on track to meet graduation and college entrance requirements.
  • Take the most challenging courses you can, while making sure to earn excellent grades.  
  • Remember: UC/CSU will use your 10th and 11th grade 'a-g' courses to calculate your GPA for admission.  Some campuses may use freshman grades as well.
  • Begin researching colleges utilizing Naviance, our College Search resources, and the College & Career Center.
  • Take the PSAT in October.
  • Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts in order to get free, customized SAT tutoring (use the same email).
  • Get a summer job, internship or volunteer: more information in the CCC.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, and/or volunteer work.
  • Attend a Bay Area College Fair in the spring.
  • Become familiar with College and Career Center resources.


  • Take the PSAT in October and attend PSAT Results Night in January.
  • Link your College Board & Khan Academy accounts to get free, customized SAT tutoring (use the same email).
  • Read the daily bulletin and check the TL website for announcements about college rep. visits.  
  • Listen to the daily bulletin for announcements of contests and scholarships, and start researching scholarships and financial aid resources.
  • Continue narrowing down your college list, using Naviance, our resources, and those in the CCC.
  • Attend College Information Night in the spring.
  • Start looking into career/major options in the CCC, or by taking online career inventories.
  • Talk with your counselor about your future plans, including colleges that you would attend and what you would like to study.
  • Visit colleges that you're considering attending, or take a virtual tour via college admissions websites
  • In the spring, take the SAT Reasoning and/or ACT.  Check the colleges and majors to which you plan on applying in order to determine which Subject tests would be most advantageous for you to take.
  • Sign up for an SAT prep. class: see our test-preparation resources for more information.  Financial support may be available.
  • Visit the College and Career Center for more information about private and out of state colleges, internship opportunities etc.
  • Job shadow, or consider an internship related to your desired college major: more information in the CCC.
  • Consider taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and take corresponding AP exams.
  • Narrow down your college list to 10 or fewer colleges, and research admissions requirements.
  • Attend College Night for Seniors in the fall.  Counselors will meet individually with each senior in the fall to discuss graduation status and college entrance requirements.  
  • SAT and ACT: Take the SAT Reasoning (and/or ACT) and SAT Subject tests no later than the November test dates. PLEASE NOTE: some colleges may consider tests taken after November: check with each campus.
  • Maintain your grades: Colleges will expect you to continue taking rigorous courses, and to continue to maintain your GPA.  REMEMBER: if your grades drop, your admission offer may be rescinded!
  • Application Deadlines: UC & CSU applications are due November 30thPrivate & out-of-state colleges and universities: deadlines vary.
  • Transcripts: Request official transcripts in the Counseling Office by filling out the Official Transcript Request form for those schools not on the Common Application.  
  • Letters of Recommendation: Request letters of recommendation from teachers and your counselor. Give teachers and counselors at least one month notice.  Your teacher will use the information from your Autobiographical Sketch in Naviance to complete your letter.
  • Attend meetings with college representatives in the CCC: complete list of visits available through Naviance.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night in the fall.
  • Submit your FAFSA in October (no later than March 2nd).  Cal Grant GPA Verification will be uploaded by TLHS.
  • Listen to the weekly bulletin for scholarship announcements, and research scholarships using our online resources, including your Naviance account (Colleges tab). 
  • Apply for Terra Linda Scholarship Foundation awards in the spring.
  • Attend Alumni Day (sponsored by the CCC).