Post High School Planning

College Application Process

The college application process is established with the primary goal of preparing the best application package for each student. The School Counseling Department has developed the following procedure to provide the most efficient and trouble-free process.


Deadline Dates


  • Pay special attention to all deadline dates. This includes the application, SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
    • You must request to have all your SAT and SAT subject test scores, sent by The College Board, directly to each college which you submit an application.


October 15, 2019 October 1, 2019
November 1, 2019     October 18, 2019
November 15, 2019   November 1, 2019
December 1, 2019      November 15, 2019
December 15, 2019   November 29, 2019
January 1, 2020*      December 10, 2019 * accounts for holiday recess
January 15, 2020    January 2, 2020
February 1, 2020 January 17, 2020
February 15, 2019 January 31, 2020

 If you would like your applications to go out before the holiday recess, they must be in School Counseling Office by December 10th.

Transcript requests submitted after the published Jonathan Law deadline dates are not guaranteed to be processed by the colleges' application deadline. Every effort will be made to accommodate the request.

Application Materials

  • Do not delay in obtaining the application. 
    • Common Application - most colleges utilize the Common Application
    • If a school does not use the Common Application, the admissions application can be found on each individual school's website.
  • Request letters of recommendation from teachers (no more than 2).
    • It is strongly recommended that students secure letters of recommendation from teachers prior to completing college applications.
    • Students must ask teachers for recommendations IN PERSON prior to making the official request through Naviance.
  • Do not delay in filling out the application.  
    • Check the deadline date of each application. Determine your admission plan for each college (i.e. Early Decision, Early Action, etc.).
  • Submit  transcript request forms to the School Counseling secretary/counselor.
    • Check it carefully and be sure all deadlines are filled in accurately. Only completed transcript request forms will be accepted.
    • Allow 15 calendar days for processing after you turn in the completed transcript request to your school counseling secretary/counselor.

The school counseling department will send the student’s transcript, letters of recommendation, school profile and any additional supporting documents needed directly to the college.

Test Optional Colleges

According to, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, more than 1,000 accredited colleges and universities no longer use ACT/SAT scores to admit students into bachelor-degree programs. 

View the list of test optional schools here.

Financial Aid Information & Resources

Financial aid can come from federal, state, school, and private sources to help you pay for college or career school. 

Apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. And remember, the first F in “FAFSA” stands for “free”—you shouldn’t pay to fill out the FAFSA form!

Financial Aid Resources

1-2-3 Paying for College

FAFSA Checklist


Sources of Aid

Financial Aid Formulas


A useful planning tool for students, parents, and counselors. Students can sign up for college visits, research schools, request letters of recommendation, and review scholarships.

College Visits to Law

College and university admissions representatives schedule times from September through November to visit high school students. At Law, junior and senior level students can register to attend these 30 minute sessions through Naviance. See our calendar for upcoming college visits.


Funds are available to support a student's post high school pursuits. Local, regional, and national organizations offer awards to students based on merit and/or need. Scholarship application requirements vary.

View our list of available scholarships.

For additional details, including deadline dates and award amounts, please visit Naviance.

College and Career Testing


At one time or another, nearly all students pursuing college admission will need to take at least one of the national assessments available:  the SAT, one or more SAT Subject tests, and/or an ACT Test.  It is important to begin planning a test-taking schedule as early as possible (even as early as sophomore year) in order to make sure there will be adequate time to take the tests needed. See our calendar for available test dates and registration deadlines.

There are some colleges that accept self-reported SAT and ACT scores from students during the application process and only require official reports when a student actually enrolls. Learn more and see a list of colleges that accept self-reported scores.


The ASVAB is a free career planning program/exam designed for students in grades 10-12. Participation is voluntary. This test allows students to explore personal potential and the world of work. This test can support a post-secondary plan that aligns with an individual's skills and interests. See our calendar for available test dates.


Community Colleges

When you enroll at a community college, you may choose to earn an associate’s degree and transfer to a four-year institution, or you may choose a career program designed to prepare you for a job when you graduate.  Counselors will assist you to choose the one that will address your interests.

Learn more about Connecticut Community Colleges and the state college/university system.

Armed Services

A military week will be held each year where students can attend information sessions and take the ASVAB test. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.


Private Vocational Trade & Technical Schools

A number of privately-owned schools provide vocational training.  Areas of specialization include broadcasting, fashion, cosmetology, medical and technical training, and many more.  When choosing a private school, carefully check the school’s credentials.

Gap Year

Some students and their parents want to explore organized opportunities for personal growth and experience during an interim semester or year, some exciting and valuable programs include:

  • Internships in community, social service
  • Leadership training, outdoor education
  • Post-graduate year (PG) at preparatory school
  • Structured travel/education

Student Success Plans


  • Course Plan for Graduation
  • Post-Secondary Planning with School Counselor
  • Senior Graduation Survey


  • Develop a Course Plan for Graduation
  • Build a resume
  • Continue to explore college and career options
  • Meet with School Counselor


  • Develop a Course Plan for Graduation
  • Complete Naviance "Career Interest Profiler"
  • Begin exploring college and career options
  • Meet with School Counselor


  • Participate in Freshman Orientation
  • Develop a Course Plan for Graduation
  • Complete Naviance "Career Clusters"
  • Meet with School Counselor

School Counseling