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Pathways

Key School Pathways is the college and career class for juniors and seniors, but it is never too early to start looking at all the different options for our students whether it is junior college, military, vocational school, university, or the workforce.

Beginning in 9th grade, we introduce our students to the various possibilities awaiting them with the focus on the junior and senior years.

These programs include support for the PreACT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and TSI tests with the iXL program; development of communication skills for interviewing and job placement; life skills such as budgeting, resume development, digital skills, and “soft people skills.”

Rising 9th Graders

Fall

PSAT
  • Benchmark Testing (9th-10th grades) mid-October given nationwide by CollegeBoard on campus.
  • Registration and administration handled by the College and Career team on campus.
  • Begin accommodation approval request for PSAT by the College Board in Summer.
  College and Vocational Fairs
  • Visit https://www.collegefairguide.com/
  • Attend some on campus college visits as scheduled by the College and Career team.
Diagnostic Testing
  • Update educational diagnostic testing to apply for standardized testing accommodations.
  • Testing needs to be renewed every 3 years for accommodation approval by College Board for the PSAT and ACT.org for the PreACT. https://www.collegeboard.org/ and https://www.act.org/
  • The College and Career team helps the family to submit testing for accommodation approval.

Spring

PreACT
  • Benchmark Testing (9th-11th grades) given Spring Semester on campus.
  • Registration and administration handled by the College and Career team on campus.
  • This is a practice version of the ACT and is not accepted for college applications.
Visit possible college or vocational choices virtually or in-person Diagnostic Testing

  • Update educational diagnostic testing to apply for standardized testing accommodations.
  • Testing needs to be renewed every 3 years for accommodation approval by College Board for the PSAT and ACT.org for the PreACT. https://www.collegeboard.org/ and https://www.act.org/
  • The College and Career team helps the family to submit testing for accommodation approval.

Rising 10th Graders

Fall

PSAT
  • Benchmark Testing (9th-10th grades) given mid October given nationwide by CollegeBoard on campus.
  • Registration and administration handled by the College and Career team on campus.
  • Begin accommodation approval request for PSAT by the College Board in Summer.
College and Vocational Fairs
  • Visit https://www.collegefairguide.com/
  • Attend some on campus college visits as scheduled by the College and Career team.
Diagnostic Testing
  • Update educational diagnostic testing to apply for standardized testing accommodations.
  • Testing needs to be renewed every 3 years for accommodation approval by College Board for the PSAT and ACT.org for the PreACT. https://www.collegeboard.org/ and https://www.act.org/
  • The College and Career team helps the family to submit testing for accommodation approval.

Spring

PreACT
  • Benchmark Testing (9th-11th grades) given Spring Semester on campus.
  • Registration and administration handled by the College and Career team on campus.
  • This is a practice version of the ACT and is not accepted for college applications.
Visit possible college or vocational choices virtually or in-person Diagnostic Testing

  • Update educational diagnostic testing to apply for standardized testing accommodations.
  • Testing needs to be renewed every 3 years for accommodation approval by College Board for the PSAT and ACT.org for the PreACT. https://www.collegeboard.org/ and https://www.act.org/
  • The College and Career team helps the family to submit testing for accommodation approval.
Dual Credit Courses
  • If interested in taking Dual Credit courses for the Junior year – please contact the College and Career team for the process to test, enroll, and course descriptions acceptable to take at TCC.
Parent Meeting
  • Parent meeting with College and Career in April to discuss upcoming Junior year.

Rising 11th Graders

Fall

Research and Consider vocational/college/ or transitional programs PSAT/NMSQT

  • Given mid October given nationwide by CollegeBoard on campus.
  • Registration and administration handled by the College and Career team on campus.
  • Begin accommodation approval request for PSAT by the College Board in Summer.
  • Students will send scores to colleges of choice by entering the colleges on the answer form
  • This is used for early admittance and awarding of scholarships.
TSI
  • TSI is an academic placement test used by colleges, universities, and vocational schools to determine placement in coursework and readiness.
  • GoApplyTexas to apply to TCC.
  • Take TSI through TCC either on a TCC campus or online on our campus.
Diagnostic Testing
  • Update educational diagnostic testing to apply for standardized testing accommodations.
  • Testing needs to be renewed every 3 years for accommodation approval by College Board for the PSAT and ACT.org for the PreACT. https://www.collegeboard.org/ and https://www.act.org/
  • The College and Career team helps the family to submit testing for accommodation approval.

Spring

Research and Consider vocational/college/ or transitional programs

Visit possible college or vocational choices virtually or in-person

Diagnostic Testing 

  • Update educational diagnostic testing to apply for standardized testing accommodations.
  • Testing needs to be renewed every 3 years for accommodation approval by College Board for the PSAT and ACT.org for the PreACT. https://www.collegeboard.org/ and https://www.act.org/
  • The College and Career team helps the family to submit testing for accommodation approval.
SAT/ACT testing
  • Sign-up to take one or both of these tests on a designated test Saturday at a national testing center.
  • Choose to send scores to colleges/universities interested in while filling out the application or waiting until the scores are received.
Dual Credit Courses
  • If interested in taking Dual Credit courses for the Senior year – please contact the College and Career team for the process to test, enroll, and course descriptions acceptable to take at TCC.
Parent Meeting
  • Parent meeting with College and Career team to discuss upcoming deadlines for Senior year.

Rising 12th Graders

Fall

College/university/vocational school applications
  • Scholarship deadlines are December 1st typically
  • General admission deadlines are February 1st typically.
  • GoApply Texas opens up for in state college and universities applications August 1st.
ACT/SAT testing
  • Sign-up to take one or both of these tests on a designated Saturday at a national testing center.
  • Due to COVID-19 most colleges/universities and vocational schools are waiving these tests as part of the admissions process for the Class of 2023.
  • Instead they are asking for additional information for their decisions based on essays, interviews, and references.
  • These Tests are being used to determine the awarding of academic and merit scholarships.
  • Choose to send scores to colleges/universities interested in while filling out the application or waiting until the scores are received.
  • Take a 2nd time to improve scores if you wish.
Other Important Dates/Activities
  • Senior meeting to discuss the events of a Key School Senior.
  • FAFSA opens October 1st – this is optional for families to sign up for potential scholarships, grants, and loans.
  • Visit possible choices virtually or in-person.
  • Update education diagnostic testing for standardized testing accommodations. Testing should be updated every 3 years.

Spring

College/university/vocational school applications completed
  • General admission deadlines are February 1st typically.
  • GoApply Texas opens up for in state college and universities applications August 1st.
  • Vocational schools have different start dates so please check with their admissions office and website.
ACT/SAT testing
  • Sign-up to take one or both of these tests on a designated test Saturday at a national testing center.
  • Choose to send scores to colleges/universities interested in while filling out the application or waiting until the scores are received.
  • Take a 3rd time to improve scores if you wish.
Visit possible choices virtually or in-person

Decision Day – May 1st for most colleges and universities

Begin the orientation process/registration process for the college/university/ vocational school of your choice

HAPPY GRADUATION and GOOD LUCK!