The Back-to-School sales are in full-swing at Target, so the start of the school year must be around the corner. In between lounging at the pool and enjoying a scenic hike, now is a great time for high school students to set goals for the school year and to map out a few key dates and activities. The following is a year-by-year checklist for freshmen through seniors.
9TH GRADE: LOOK AHEAD
Start strong. Your freshmen grades do matter! Use this year to identify your strengths and weaknesses in different subjects. Check out Khan Academy for subject-specific help and connect with teachers outside of class.
Get some guidance: meet with a school or community counselor to discuss your class choices and how they support your higher education goals.
Get active: join school or community groups, clubs, or teams you’re interested in.
Grades matter (it is worth repeating!) College may seem like a distant goal, but your grades from each year of high school will impact your overall GPA and class rank.
Explore: take advantage of opportunities through your school and in your community to learn about different career fields.
SPRING / SUMMER
Keep track: start documenting your academic, extracurricular and community service achievements and awards. Save this list and add to it as you progress through high school. This will be a big time-saver when completing college applications and creating a resume.
Get involved: volunteer, get a job or sign up for an enrichment program during the summer.
Read and Write. Both skills are very important and require consistent practice, no matter your chosen field. Continue reading