Parents of 11th Graders

Most agree that a student's junior year is the toughest of high school. It is also the last full year that will be assessed by future colleges. We will make sure to keep you aware of important deadlines and buzz words, and we will be here online at all times in between. In the meantime, focus on financial planning for yourself and standardized test planning for your child.

Getting Serious This Summer: Navigating Junior Year

As the parent of a high school junior, you know the clock is ticking. College is just two short years away for your child. 

Because junior year is the last complete one that colleges review, it's important that students maintain good grades. In addition, SAT and ACT exams are offered to juniors, so now is a good time for you to learn when and where the tests are scheduled. In fact, you may want to talk to your child about registering for the PSAT, a standardized practice test that will help prepare them for the real thing.

Students can sometimes feel overwhelmed with trying to balance their grades with outside activities. Try to help your child develop a strategy for managing responsibilities as effectively as possible. 

You will need to familiarize yourself with the true affordability of college. Start to map out a payment plan that works for your family. Research the grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs for which your child may be eligible. The US Office of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be your first stop in this journey - it is the nation's largest provider of student financial aid. The FAFSA application is available online. While the FAFSA website might seem daunting, we have counselors and financial aid advisors who are happy to walk you through the process. Just visit 

Finally, ask your child what he or she expects from the college experience. Do they have a major in mind? Do they see themselves going away to school, or would they prefer to stay home? The answers to these questions will help narrow their focus on a desired school.

St. John's University is dedicated to providing students with every opportunity for an outstanding Catholic higher education, and we are happy to supply you with tools and information to guide your child to a great college experience. Look for our quarterly newsletters in your inbox - we will keep you on track and aware of all the important deadlines from now through your child's college enrollment.