Annual Progress review
All juniors meet with their counselor individually in January and February. Topics include:
- Review of transcript and progress toward graduation
- Continued development of college/career/military plans and Career Pathways
- Using Scoir to build a resume and continue researching colleges
- For college-bound students: Preparing for the college application process, including registration procedures for the SAT & ACT
- Course selections for senior year
- A copy of students' course selections is sent home for families to review before student schedules are built.
***A guide for planning your college visits is posted at the bottom of this page.
For families and students: Junior family college planning night
College-bound juniors and their families are invited to attend our college planning seminar on Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. Topics include:
- College admissions process (four-year schools vs. two-year schools)
- Campus visits
- Scholarships & financial aid
- High school resources
The annual Eastside College Fair will be hosted by ESM on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Please stay tuned for future college fair dates!
College Admissions Exams (SAT & ACT)
College-bound juniors are typically encouraged to take the SAT or ACT (or both) before their junior year ends. This allows for time to retake the exam(s) (if necessary) before fall college application deadlines. Juniors planning to take the SAT are encouraged to take the PSAT in October. Counselors distribute information about PSAT registration during English classes in early September.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, many colleges (including all SUNY colleges and universities) have adopted test-optional admissions policies. Some schools will remain test-optional beyond the current 2023-2024 admission cycle, and others may again require an SAT/ACT score for admissions in the coming years. Please check carefully with the schools that you plan to apply to in order to fully understand each school's admission criteria for your cohort.