9th Grade

Coursework
The only thing that ninth grade students should do to prepare for college is put their best effort into their classes—that’s it. Students should be in courses in which they can be challenged and successful.

Extracurricular Activities
It is a good idea for students to get involved in extracurricular activities that they enjoy, that fit into their schedules, and that they will likely continue. These can include, but are not limited to: athletics, performing arts, student government, shared interest groups, community service, or part-time work. Of course, students should prioritize their schoolwork over their extracurricular pursuits.

Counselor Meeting
Introductory meetings with the school guidance counselor will cover topics including, but not limited to: transitioning to the high school, graduation requirements, GPA, and college preparatory curriculum recommendations.

Events
Parents are invited to an evening event where they attend an information and question and answer session with their child’s house team (associate principal, house assistant, school guidance counselor).

10th Grade

Coursework
Students should continue taking courses appropriate to their abilities and consistent with their academic interests.

Extracurricular Activities 
Students should continue with activities from ninth grade, or consider joining an activity that interests them, if they haven’t done so already. Academics should remain the priority.

Counselor Meeting
10th grade students will have the opportunity to explore college majors and career opportunities.

Standardized Test Options
PSAT (October): A practice test for the SAT which includes a Critical Reading, Math, and Writing section. There is no essay. Test report will be mailed home in December.

*Please note that the PSAT is designed for juniors, although sophomores may take the test. Please see your counselor to determine if taking the test as a sophomore is appropriate

Subject Tests (June): students may opt to take a subject test in Biology or U.S. History. This is not required. Students will have the opportunity again in junior year to take subject tests if they do not feel prepared for a particular exam. Students should consult with their current teacher to determine if these test options are appropriate.

11th Grade

Coursework
Students should continue to take a challenging yet appropriate courseload. This is the last full year of academic classes prior to the college application process. Students should be cultivating relationships with their junior year teachers as these individuals will likely be the ones to write college letters of recommendations.

Extracurricular Activities
Students should continue to pursue meaningful roles in activities of interests.

Counselor Meeting
Students will be introduced to an online college search program and will begin to develop a list of potential colleges. Starting second semester, counselors are available to meet to discuss the college process. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate this meeting. Areas addressed in this meeting include, but are not limited to: overview of the general college process and standardized testing options and timelines. Students also are expected to complete several required forms that will assist the school guidance counselor in writing a letter of recommendation.

If a student is interested in exploring post-secondary plans other than college, please visit the Post-Secondary Options tab on the Counseling Website. Other options include but are not limited to: militaryGAP YearPost-Graduate (PG) Year or employment. School guidance counselors will meet with each student to discuss which options may be appropriate for him/her.

Standardized Test Options
PSAT (October): A practice test for the SAT which includes a Critical Reading, Math, and Writing section. There is no essay. Test report will be mailed home in December. We recommend that all juniors take the PSAT.

During the second semester of junior year we recommend that students take both the ACT and SAT so that they have the option of choosing which one to send to colleges. Colleges accept both the ACT and SAT.

Events
There are various events for seniors and their parents. These events include, but are not limited to: financial aid nightcollege admissions seminarcollege open houses, and college fairs.

12th Grade

Coursework 
Students should continue in the appropriate level coursework and have a strong year. Colleges will see senior year courses and grades.

Extracurricular Activities
Students should continue to pursue meaningful roles in activities of interests.

Counselor Meeting
School guidance counselors are available to meet to discuss and review the details of the college application process. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate these meetings.

Standardized Test Options
Students will have the opportunity to re-take the SAT and/or the ACT in the Fall, if needed. SAT Subject Tests are also offered.

Events
There are various events for seniors and their parents. These events include, but are not limited to: financial aid nightcollege open housesevening/weekend events and college fairs.