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Junior Class of 2025

Junior Class of 2025

Welcome, Juniors! Please see below for helpful information and resources.

Announcements - Check back often for updates!

FORWARD Pre-Apprenticeship Event - The Apprentice School hosts FORWARD (Future Opportunities Reaching the Workforce Apprentice Readiness and Development) Pre-Apprenticeship events.  These events are for high school students and include hands-on demonstrations in their virtual simulation lab, a Q & A information session, and a short tour of the Apprentice School for parents.  Click here for more information and to register.  The next event will be held May 4th from 8:30-11:30 AM.  

York County Youth Commission Leadership Opportunity - The York County Youth Commission is seeking students from across the county to represent student issues to county government officials, serve on special service projects, organize countywide high school events, and build leadership skills.  Interested?  Click here for more information and here to apply.  Applications are due by April 26th

Service Academy Congressional Nominations - Four of the five academies - U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), U.S. Military Academy (USMA), U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) - require applicants to apply for and receive a congressional nomination from either a U.S. Representative or a U.S. Senator.  Senator Mark Warner is hosting a Service Academy Day to learn about the application and nomination process. Representatives from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the other federal service academies will be there to answer questions.  High school and middle school students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to attend. Congressional staff will be present to explain the nomination process. Family members, counselors, and educators are welcome.  Click here for more information and here to register.  This event will be held April 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 

USCG Delayed Decision ProgramThe U.S. Coast Guard Delayed Decision Program is specifically for high school juniors.  The program enables high school juniors to enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.  Through this program, participants attend boot camp the summer before their senior year and begin serving on drill weekends.  During their senior year, participants are paid while drilling, receive all military benefits, learn new skills, and begin what could be a long career.  Click here for more information.

Meet the Professional - Meet the Professional is an opportunity to listen to a career professional talk about their journey, pros & cons, things you could be doing now if you are interested in pursing that career path, and a chance to ask questions.  Events take place throughout the year and cover all career clusters!  Most sessions occur during 2AB.  Click here for more information and to sign up.  Students may sign-up for two sessions yearly, so choose wisely!

Help!  My Child's Almost a Senior! - If you were unable to attend our event, you may view presentation information from various sections here:

Specialty Programs

Dual Enrollment Pathways - Interested in learning more about Dual Enrollment options?  If you were unable to attend the virtual family orientation session, you may view the presentation here for more information on the various options available through a partnership with Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC).  

New Horizons Career & Technical Education Center (CTE) Application - New Horizons CTE Center offers 25 trade courses to high school juniors and seniors. Students have the opportunity to fulfill required high school elective credits at one of the New Horizons facilities for half of the school day. Students will earn industry level credentialing and/or college credit for the class.  See your school counselor for more information.  View CTE materials and additional information here.  The initial application deadline is March 15th.

York County School of the Arts - The York County School of the Arts (SOA) provides high school students with a fine arts training opportunity in literary arts, theatre arts, technical theatre, and dance arts. Cross-curricular learning
encourages students to develop advanced writing skills, prepare performances, and create exhibitions that
develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In this rigorous program, students embrace a
professional work ethic, discipline, and training for future careers in the arts, while enhancing leadership
and collaborative skills applicable to all career paths.  Click here for more information and to apply.

Resources

Junior Newsletter - Check out the Junior Newsletter for important information as you navigate your junior year and prepare for post-secondary opportunities.  

Senior Activity & Information Sheet - Use the Senior Activity & Information Sheet to highlight all of your accomplishments throughout your high school career.  Students applying to colleges through the Common App or requesting a letter of recommendation will need to complete this form and submit it to their school counselor at the senior meeting.  

Level Up Virginia - Level Up Virginia (LUV) is a statewide initiative to increase postsecondary readiness for all Virginia students.  LUV is committed to making college access information easily understandable and accessible for students of all backgrounds and to educate students, families, and staff about the many pathways to success, including 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, trade schools, apprenticeships, certificate programs and more.

Opportunities Booklet - The Opportunities Booklet is your guide to prepare for continuing education beyond high school, whether attending a career and technical education institution, community college, or four-year college or university.

Big Future - Big Future is a free, comprehensive set of digital resources that helps guide students through the journey to plan, search, and pay for college.

Real Talk - Real Talk is a virtual college exploration initiative by Big Future designed to connect Black students and families with Black representatives from colleges and access organizations across the country. 

AP Credit Policy Search - Your AP Scores could earn you college credit or advanced placement (meaning you could skip certain courses in college). Use the AP Credit Policy Search to find colleges that offer credit or placement for AP Scores.

AP Score Reporting - Please note that Grafton High School does not get individual score reports.  To get college credit or placement for your AP scores, you have to request that the College Board send an official AP score report to the college.  Follow this link for more information and frequently asked questions. 

Transfer Virginia - Dual enrollment opportunities offer courses through which you may earn college credits. You must have a 3.0 GPA to enroll in a DE course. Click this link to learn more about making the most of dual enrollment classes and how they can transfer to Transfer Virginia partner Institutions.

MyACT - MyACT allows you to schedule your ACT test, access your score, and offers resources to help plan for college and career.

SAT Dashboard - SAT Dashboard allows you to register online and check information about an existing registration, view your score report, and access personalized information about College Board programs.

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep - Utilize Khan Academy's free, personalized test practice plan to maximize your SAT score!  

NCAA Eligibility Center - Want to play college sports?  If you want to compete in NCAA sports, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Plan to register early to avoid getting caught in the backlog of athletes trying to get cleared at the end of the year.  Follow this link for information on navigating the registration process.

VA Certificate of Eligibility - Are you eligible for benefits as a military dependent?  VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling.  Learn how to apply for and manage the education and training benefits you’ve earned.  Apply for your Certificate of Eligibility here.

Junior Year Checklist - Use the checklist below from the Opportunities booklet to help keep you on track as you navigate your Junior year and prepare for post-secondary college or career readiness!  Para acceder a este recurso en español, haga clic aquí.