College Preparation

Planning for college can seem like a daunting task for both students and their families. So much needs to be done–in so little time–that it's hard to know where to even begin. 

Finding information on college readiness isn't the problem. In fact, it's often the opposite: there is so much information available that it can quickly become overwhelming for even the most organized researcher, especially without the proper context.

The goal of this site is to provide Sarasota County students and their families with a single, comprehensive resource covering every step of the college preparation process. We recommend reviewing all the content in the order that it's presented to get the maximum benefit:

1) Choosing a College
2) Applying for College
3) Paying for College
4) Going to College

At every step in the process, the timing of your actions will be of critical importance. One of the most commonly requested items from both students and their parents is a calendar of events to help keep their efforts on track. That's why we've created the following Freshman and Sophomore Planning, Junior Planning and Senior Planning here, complete with key dates and goals for students at every high school grade level. Use these in addition to the information on this site to help ensure that you don't miss out on any key opportunities or deadlines as you prepare for your college education. 

Content for this site was made possible in large part by the pioneering work of Fairview High School (Boulder, CO), Pine View School, and the Rotary Futures program at Venice High School.