Underclassmen Information

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• Renew your commitment to take challenging courses. If you have not yet taken a second language, it is now time to begin one. Most colleges require two years of the same language and recommend that one be taken in the senior year.

• Take the PSAT, which is the qualifying test for the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships and for the National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program. You can qualify for these scholarship opportunities only by taking the PSAT in your junior year.

• Sign up for Naviance if you haven't already done so. Start building your resume using the resume builder and take the career interest profiler.

Begin thinking and researching college majors with Find My Major Take a career interest inventory to explore career interests. Look at the college resource guides available on the parent page and senior page. Meet with your school counselor to update your list of post secondary options and narrow your college list down to five. Make arrangements to go on college tours via www.goseecampus.com or www.campustours.com

• Make an initial list of colleges and careers that interest you and seek out information about them:
— Use the Internet or computer software
— Attend National College Fair/Career Expo in spring.
— Interview people who have attended colleges in which you are interested.
— Write to a college for a view book.
— Visit prospective colleges.
— Check college websites for specific entrance requirements (tests, courses, timeline).

— Consider a work-based learning opportunity (co-op, youth apprenticeship, internships).
— Sign up at school to talk with college representatives as they visit your school.

• Use this information to compare colleges and careers and to decide which ones best meet your preferences.

• In March or May, take the SAT or ACT and request that the scores be sent to colleges. Limited registration material is available in your school’s counseling department. The best option is to apply online.

• Attend the Financial Aid workshop at East Meck with your parents. (It is usually held in December or January.)

• Investigate sources of financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans).

• Participate in SAT/ACT preparation activities offered at your school.

• In May or June take SAT Subject Tests examinations if required by the colleges you are considering.

• Take Advanced Placement/IB examinations in May if you were enrolled in those courses.

• If you are a potential college athlete, register with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

• Plan your senior year schedule to include the remaining courses you need.

• Continue participation in school and community activities; volunteer for community service.

• Investigate pre-college and enrichment programs for the summer or secure a part-time summer job in your area of career interest.

• Begin requesting college applications.


Sophomore Year - Grade 10

• Review your selection of high school courses, keeping in mind your selected course of study and college entrance requirements.
• Talk with your parents and school counselor about your future goals. Begin to think about choices of college majors.
• Initiate inquiry into possible careers. Second semester you are eligible to participate in the Academic Internship Program.
• Update your Educational and Career Planning Portfolio.
• Do well in all courses to maintain or improve your grade point average and class rank.
• Take the PSAT.
• Attend National College Fair/Career Expo with your parents.
• Continue involvement in school and community activities and keep a record of them.
• Select challenging courses for your junior year during spring registration. Consider taking Advanced Placement courses in your best academic areas.
• Participate in a summer enrichment program.

Continue your research of careers and occupations via the Occupational Outlook Handbook to look at various job aspects such as training, pay scale, qualifications, etc.Take a career interest inventory to explore career interests.

Freshman Year - Grade 9

• Talk with your parents and school counselor about futureplans. Put your plan in writing and up date yearly.
• Select a course of study. College Prep, College Tech Prep, Dual, Career Prep or Occupational.
• Review college entrance requirements.
• Take challenging classes that prepare you for college.
• Attend school each day and prepare daily for your classes so that your grades are the best they can be. Grade point average (GPA)and class rank are calculated beginning in grade 9. Remember that honors/AP/IB classes earn extra quality points. Attendance is also reported on your high school transcript.
• Explore careers (job shadowing, interest inventory).
• Attend National College Fair/Career Expo with your parents. It is usually held in the spring.
• Participate in extracurricular activities. Keep a record of them. Freshman Year - Grade 9

Begin research careers or occupations where you have an interested. Refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook to look at various job aspects such as training, pay scale, qualifications, etc.