Planning for Postsecondary Education:
- Take courses that interest and challenge you.
- Get involved with a club, sport or leadership opportunity.
- Create a resume of your activities and achievements.
- Remember that 9th grade matters! You are creating your high school transcript so make it count.
- Meet with your teachers and counselor to discuss your course options for 10th grade.
- Update your 4-Year Plan.
- Take an Interest Inventory and Work Values assessment to explore your interests.
- Research careers that match your interests.
- Continue to be involved with school and community activities. Keep your resume updated.
- Take the Pre ACT and/or PSAT in the Fall and use your results to explore career interests.
- Talk with family and friends about their careers and educational path. Take part in a job shadowing.
- Update your resume.
- Keep your grades up.
- Research colleges that match your career interests.
- Learn about the college admissions process.
- Talk with teachers and counselor about courses for Junior year.
- Continue to be involved and try to take a leadership role in your activities. Update your resume.
- Take the PSAT in October (only Jr. year scores can be used to qualify for National Merit Scholarships).
- Prepare to take the ACT and/or SAT.
- Check admissions requirements of colleges that interest you.
- Attend college fairs and financial aid workshops.
- Visit colleges.
- Register and take the SAT and/or ACT.
- Narrow down your list of colleges and make note of deadlines for admissions and financial aid.
- Talk with teachers and counselor about courses for Senior year. Be sure you are on track to graduate.
- Find a summer job or internship in your field of interest.
- Research financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
- Ask teachers, coaches etc. if they will write your college references. Provide them with a resume to assist their recommendation.
- Finish strong! Continue to take high level classes and keep your grades up.
- Continue to be involved and take on leadership roles.
- Re-take the ACT or SAT no later than Oct.
- APPLY EARLY, the earlier you apply, the better your chances for acceptance!
- Attend the College Fair and interact with the Addmission Represenatives.
- Order your graduation attire.
- Research and apply for all scholarships you are elligible for.
- Research college specific financial aid at perspective colleges.
- Complete the FAFSA as soon after Oct. 1 as possible.