Talk to your counselor and teachers about College Preparatory and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Remember that most colleges and universities look for a minimum of 4 years English, 3 years of math, 3 years of social studies, 3 years of science, and 2 years of foreign language. Course selection for upcoming year will begin in the late fall. Changes to course selection need to be completed by February 1.
Use your planner to keep track of courses taken and grades earned. Colleges are looking for B average students.
Create a high school portfolio (in a file), include
list of awards and honors
list of school and community activities
list and description of community service hours (volunteer work)
list and description of employment
Get involved in a school activity, sport or club.
Start your community service hours. Earning about 10 per year is a good benchmark. Turn in completed hours to the Guidance Office.
Find out how to save for college and available resources to pay for college.
Continue to explore careers. Participate in job shadowing prior to April.