Senior Planning

You have made a huge leap toward your future, and we can’t wait to see where your life will lead! Please take a moment to download the Graduation Packet below. Make sure that all items below are checked off by their due date.
Let your Teacher Advisor know if you have any questions.
  • Parents and/or Students meet with your Connections Advisor to plan classes for graduation credit requirements, APS scholarship requirements, and to meet post-secondary plan needs.
  • If you know which college that you are interested in apply, check out their admission requirements.
  • Additional items to review as you prepare:
  • The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is an amazing resource to check out now!
  • Considering an out-of-state school? Check out Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). With the WUE, out-of-state students pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools (compared with nonresident rates that can exceed 300% of in-state rates).
  • College Athletics Eligibility: To participate in collegiate sports, it’s required that individuals properly register and verify completion of specific high school coursework, which can be above and beyond what some universities require for normal admission. See the following websites for more information: NAIA or NCAA.

October 1

  • The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has now opened – please fill it out if you intend to seek financial aid, including scholarships.
  • Begin to complete college admission applications.
  • Begin to complete scholarship applications, and any necessary essays.

October 11

  • Complete your selected college applications
  • Request transcripts and counselor recommendations be sent to colleges within the timeline recommended by the admissions department.
  • Watch those college application due dates. It’s better to ‘beat’ the deadlines, rather than just to ‘meet’ the deadlines!
  • Complete SAT/ACT testing.
  • Review college application deadlines and submit as needed.
  • Submit official transcript requests through Parchment for schools with January 1st deadlines. Please note that transcripts will NOT be processed during school vacation.
  • Follow-up with your Connections advisor to resolve any outstanding questions about classes and credits for graduation.


  • Compare offers of admission & financial aid from each school.
  • Visit campuses as needed (some are available virtually).
  • Discuss options with family, and make a final enrollment decision.
  • Notify financial aid office at your selected school that you will select their offers. Failure to do so may result in loss of financial assistance.
  • Send letters to colleges that you’ve chosen not to attend informing them of your decision. Remember to thank them for their consideration.

March 31

  • Order Cap/Gown/Tassel through Jostens (see Information Sheet).
  • Submit pictures for Senior Slide Show. We need 4 pictures of you (any age, emailed or scanned). If pictures are brought into the office, we will return them to you.
  • Fill out and submit the Senior Survey. Return to your advisor.

May 1

  • Complete all Distance Education, Correspondence, and College Courses and take the FINALS

May 9

  • Turn in Semester Reports for all parent-taught classes.
  • Return Computer/Printer, iPad, Kindle, Cameras, Microscopes, and/or all hardware.
  • To be included in the Graduation Ceremony, you MUST have all requirements completed.

May 18

  • Attend Graduation Practice, SoHi Auditorium (2:00 – 3:30 pm)
  • Student Transcript Requests (Click Here)
Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!”

Louisa May Alcott