•  Planning for Postsecondary Education:

    9th Grade:

    • 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.

     

    10th Grade:

    • 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.

     

    11th Grade:

    • 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.

     

    12th Grade:

    • 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.