Activity: Choosing the Right School

Florida State Standards

LAFS.1112.WHST.2.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


LAFS.1112.W.3.8 Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.


LAFS.1112.SL.2.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks


Introduction:  Choosing the right school for post-secondary education after high school is a detailed and important decision.  There are many choices in front of you.  Being able to clearly evaluate your options is necessary.


Teacher Needs


Internet access


Printer paper

Canvas or another learning management system

NEXT magazine – Choosing the Right School


Student Needs


Internet access

Access to a printer and paper

Access to Canvas or another learning management system

NEXT magazine – Choosing the Right School


Introduction:  Choosing the right school to attend after high school is an important decision.  It takes time and research to make what you consider to be the right school.  Do not ever jump into a decision before you have made a clear-cut evaluation of all requirements for admission as well as visiting the campus to get the physical feel for the campus.


Teacher Transcript and Student Instructions:

  1. Teacher: Read the article “Choosing the Right School”. 
  2. Teacher:

Student Instruction:  Research 5 colleges or universities that you are interested in applying to and attending.  List them in order of the one you most want to attend to the last one being the long shot (the one you’d love to attend but have admission requirement reservations).

  1. Teacher: Create a spreadsheet like the one below.  Post this on Canvas or any other learning management system which students have access to.

School Name

Major course of study


Application Fee

Y or N


Amount if applicable

Accelerated Programs Accepted and Criteria

High School Official Transcripts Required

Y or N

GPA requirement

SAT score


ACT score requirement










































  1. Teacher:

Student Instruction:  Save or print this spreadsheet as a reference in assisting you in choosing the right school.


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