What to Expect Each Year

Freshman Year
  • Focus on academics and do as well as you can in all your courses. Take challenging, yet appropriate, coursework.
  • Learn time management and study skills.
  • Explore your extracurricular interests. Consider joining a club, sport, theatrical production, school publication, or community service project.
  • Continue to participate in activities and sports outside of the Windward community.
  • Take time to get to know your teachers and meet with them outside of class if you have questions or need assistance.

Sophomore Year
  • Take the PSAT in October. This test was designed to measure how well you might perform on the SAT.
  • All 10th-Graders will be assigned a college counselor in the spring.
  • Learn to navigate the Naviance college counseling website. 
  • Take a "Do What You Are" personality assessment on Naviance to determine your strengths and interests, which will be important considerations when choosing a college.
  • Meet individually with your college counselor in the spring to select courses for 11th Grade.
  • Continue to develop solid relationships with your teachers.
  • Consult your teachers as to whether it is appropriate to take Subject Tests at the end of 10th Grade if you are in advanced language and math courses.
  • Check out the Windward Summer Opportunity Guide. Consider getting a job or internship, taking courses on a college campus, or engaging in community service. If you need ideas, talk to your college counselor, advisor, or teachers.

Junior Year
  • Continue focusing on your classes—your Junior year grades are very important for the college admissions process.
  • Continue with your extracurricular activities.
  • Take the PSAT again in October. Results will arrive in December, at which time you may wish to consider seeking standardized test preparation to help improve your scores.
  • Attend the East Coast college trip in March.
  • Sign up for college visits on Naviance. Each Fall, more than 100 college representatives visit Windward during the school day. Most of these college representatives are responsible for reading Windward applications in the winter of the student's Senior year. With the teacher's permission and by signing up online, you can attend these hour-long college information sessions.
  • Complete your Student and Parent Questionnaires.
  • Take the SAT or ACT for the first time in the Spring of 11th Grade. Plan to take at least two Subject Tests before the end of the school year (if recommended).
  • Begin to research colleges and explore Naviance.
  • Meet individually with your college counselor in the Spring to begin discussing your college list.
  • Attend our annual Case Studies event in April. Windward School joins with Brentwood School, Crossroads, and Marlborough to present this workshop for 11th Grade students and parents. The workshop is an opportunity for you and your parents to learn more about the different components of the college application and the often-complicated admission process. Admissions officers from more than 40 colleges and universities join us for this program.
  • Continue to develop solid relationships with your teachers.
  • In May, ask teachers to write letters of recommendation.
  • Attend the college essay-writing workshop in June.
  • Be productive over the Summer! Check out the Windward Summer Opportunity Guide.
  • Begin working on the Common Application, University of California application, and supplements over Summer.

Senior Year
  • Sign up to attend college visits on campus.
  • Narrow college lists down to eight to 10 schools.
  • Retake SAT, ACT, and Subject Tests, as necessary.
  • Meet with college counselors throughout the Fall to help with all aspects of the college application process.
  • Send test scores to colleges.
  • Continue to work hard in school since first trimester grades are reported to colleges. Complete and file applications and supplements before Winter Break.
  • Request college admission interviews.
  • Prepare portfolio/audition information.
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Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.