Senior Year Timeline

First Semester - Senior Year

Senior Advisory & College Presentation for Parents of Seniors
Students should attend Senior Advisory to learn important details about the college application process. The recorded presentation for Parent/Guardian(s) will address the same topics. Then families will attend the live, virtual Q & A session for more information about the college search and application process.

If you are not registered in SchooLinks or have misplaced your login information, stop in to the Student Services Office for assistance or email Caroline Hille at

Senior Assessment Appointments
Attend an appointment with your counselor to review your academic record, graduation credits and post high school plans.

College Representative Visits
Attend small group meetings with college reps who visit in the CRC or virtually during the fall. This is an excellent way to demonstrate interest in a school. Click here to see a list of college rep visits.

Begin/Continue the College Application Process
Seniors should continue or begin applying to colleges. Check your specific schools’ admissions website for application dates and deadlines.

Teacher/Counselor Recommendations
Request recommendations as soon as you know that you need them (this information will be shared on each college’s admission website). Speak with your recommender to see what information they need from you. Some teachers/counselors use their own forms and some will ask you to complete the BHS Teacher Recommendation Questionnaire. It is also important to share the application deadlines with your recommender(s). In consideration of teachers and counselors, please be sure a recommendation is required before requesting one.

Application and Transcript Deadlines
Students should pay careful attention to deadlines; they are absolute! Many ‘Priority’, ‘Early Decision’ and ‘Early Action” deadlines fall in November and some even in Mid-October.  Complete and submit these applications in September-Early October. In addition, applying early to schools with ‘Rolling’ admissions can be a benefit in terms of choice in majors, housing options and consideration for financial aid and scholarships.

Financial Aid/FAFSA Application
Attend the live virtual BHS “Paying for a College Education” program (September). FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available December of your senior year.

Research school specific scholarships on each college’s admissions/financial aid website in addition to local/national scholarships. 

AP Exams Registration
Instructions for AP exam registration will be sent to students enrolled in AP courses. AP exams are given in May. We encourage students to check with the colleges or universities they are considering attending for their specific AP credit policies. Some schools may have their own placement exams or use ACT/SAT scores to aid in college course placement.

7th Semester Grades / Mid-Year Report Requests
Some schools require a mid-year or 7th semester transcript before making admissions decisions. For colleges on the Common Application, you can request your mid-year transcript using the Common App Mid-Year Transcript Request Form. All other application types should be requested through Parchment.

Please note: The Student Services Office is closed during the BHS winter break. Transcripts are not processed during this time. Plan ahead if you have January deadlines.

Second Semester - Senior Year

Remember colleges do see senior year grades! Avoid senioritis; keep your grades strong. All offers of admission from a college are conditional upon a strong senior year. Offers of admission can and have been rescinded due to poor senior grades.

Local Scholarships
A number of Barrington-area community organizations and businesses offer scholarships to BHS students who meet certain criteria. Applications can be accessed on the BHS website as of February 1st and are due March 1st. Although financial need is a consideration for some of the scholarships, others are designed to recognize academic merit, leadership and community service. Watch Schoology for more details after the winter break.

Decision Day May 1st/ Universal Enrollment Deadline
May 1st is the official deadline by which you must inform each college of your decision to enroll or to decline the offer. Offers not accepted will be canceled.

Senior Exit Survey & Application Results
All seniors will be required to complete a survey in SchooLinks regarding their post-secondary plans. Completing the survey is a graduation requirement and is an opportunity for you to inform the Student Services Office of the admission decisions.

Final Transcripts
All final transcripts must be requested through Parchment. Colleges typically require final transcripts to be sent by July 1st.

BHS Health Record
Most colleges want a copy of your health and immunization records. Your BHS health record will be mailed to your home in June with your diploma for this purpose. Please see the school nurse if you need an additional copy for your records.