From the Counselor’s Office for Parents of Students Entering 11th Grade

From the Counselor’s Office for

Parents of Students Entering 11th Grade


How to Help Your Junior


“The junior year is when students should seriously begin examining their postsecondary options.  Juniors should also take college tests, make college visits, and start searching for scholarships.”

Woodburn Press 1996



  1. Students should begin the college selection process.  Students are encouraged to go to attend a virtual college fair.  The Wisconsin Education Fair on September 22.  Got to to register.
  2. The ASVAB is a free interest inventory given on November 30th .  Students can stop in the counselor office for more information.
  3. As your son or daughter approaches the final year of high school, many concerns regarding education and vocational plans begin to take on added importance.  The Abbotsford High School recognizes the importance of these concerns and upcoming major decisions.  We invite you and your student to meet with a counselor individually to talk over these educational/vocational ideas.  This is a post high school individual planning conference.  You will get an invite for this meeting in early November. We will discuss post secondary educational and vocational career goals.  We will also provide you with information on schools, financial aid, scholarships, and ACT/SAT testing timelines, etc.  A letter regarding this meeting will be sent to you in October to set up this meeting.




The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is entering into a partnership with ACT®, Inc. to comprehensively assess Wisconsin high school students: 11th grade students will take The ACT® Plus Writing Assessment System in the Spring.  

  1. There will be a Junior/Parent Night on Thursday, March 3 at 6 PM in the Abbotsford Community Room.  Representatives from the UW system, private college systems, technical colleges, and military will be presenting information that evening.
  2. March 8, 2022 The ACT® Plus Writing - The ACT Plus Writing consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science; and a 40-minute essay test that measures writing skills. ACT Plus Writing will be an online testin Wisconsin for the 2022 administration
  3. If your college-bound student is not happy with their March ACT score they should plan to take the ACT in June.  The deadline for registering is at least one month prior to the test date.  Student can apply at
  4. Make sure your son or daughter has selected the right classes for his/her senior year. When selecting your child’s senior courses, be sure they are continuing to challenge themselves academically and are preparing themselves for post-graduation activities. If your child is interested in playing sports at a Division I school, please make sure they are meeting NCAA requirements as they have changed.



  1. Your child should start narrowing the list of college choices.  The summer between their junior and senior year is a good time to start visiting colleges.
  2. After completion of their junior year, students interested in technical schools can begin applying.
  3. If you and your child attend a private school, open house during the summer between their junior and senior year, the school will waive the application fee.
  4. Help your child choose meaningful activities for the summer months.  They may want to find a summer job or apply for special summer academic or enrichment programs.  Colleges value students who use their knowledge to develop their skills and interests outside the classroom.



  1. Continue supporting your child’s involvement in activities.
  2. Students need to think about and explore college options.  Juniors are encouraged to make a college visit. Students can take one day for college visits in their junior year.  Open house dates are available in the counselor office along with a sheet about making the most of your college visit.  Students need to fill out appropriate paperwork prior to their college visit.
  3. Encourage your child to look for scholarships.  A few national scholarships are available to juniors.
  4. Students should update their “Activities and Awards” file.  Include information on all school and community activities, leadership positions, honors, employment, and volunteer work.  This information will become very helpful when filling out college and scholarship applications. A copy of this information should be placed in each student’s portfolio.


If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call.  I may be reached at 715-223-2386, extension 4202.


Lori Huther

Abbotsford School Counselor