Highschool Checklist

 

Highschool Checklist

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    1. Make sure you are enrolled in the appropriate college preparatory.
    2. Get off to a good start with your grades. The grades you earn in 9th grade will be included in your final high school GPA and class rank.
    3. College might seem a long way off now, but grades really do count toward college admission and scholarships.
    4. Take PSAT in October.
    5. Explore National Honor Society guidelines.
    6. Explore your interests and possible careers.
    7. Get involved in extracurricular activities (both school and non-school sponsored).
    8. Choose at least one community service activity to pursue throughout the year and during summer.
    9. Investigate summer enrichment programs.
    10. Complete any 9th grade credit deficiencies before 10th grade.

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Fall

    1. Keep your grades up, because Concurrent Enrollment Program is around the corner.
    2. Take PSAT in October and compare it to 9th grade scores
    3. Become familiar with general college entrance requirements.
    4. Take Career Connections.
    5. Prepare for the ACCUPLACER for placement into college level courses.

Winter

    1. Discuss your PSAT score with your counselor.
    2. STAY INVOLVED!! People who read college applications aren’t looking just for grades. Get involved in activities outside the classroom.
    3. Work toward leadership positions in the activities you like best.
    4. STAY involved in community service and other volunteer activities.
    5. Read, read, read. Read as many books as possible from a comprehensive reading list.
    6. Work on your writing skills – you will need them no matter what you do.
    7. CONTINUE to prepare for ACCUPLACER.

Spring & Summer

    1. Keep your grades up so you can have the highest GPA and class rank possible.
    2. Take ACCUPLACER.
    3. Continue to explore interests and careers that you think you might like.
    4. Learn about expectations for concurrent enrollment program.
    5. Schedule summer and fall concurrent enrollment courses.
    6. Narrow down the graduation program options.
    7. Complete any 10th grade credit deficiencies during the summer before 11th grade.

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Fall

    1. Meet with your counselor to review the courses you have taken and discuss possible graduation programs again.
    2. Take PSAT in October.
    3. Make a list of colleges that meet your most important criteria (size, location, distance from home, majors, academic rigor, housing and cost). Weigh each of the factors according to their importance to you.
    4. Continue to do well in all courses including BHA and college courses.
    5. Continue to STAY INVOLVED in extracurricular activities and community service. Colleges look for consistency and depth in activities.

Winter

    1. Collect information about college application procedures, entrance requirements, tuition and fees, room and board costs, student activities, course offerings, faculty composition, accreditation, and financial aid through the internet.
    2. Discuss your PSAT score with your counselor.
    3. Prepare to take SAT or ACT in Spring.

Spring & Summer

    1. Meet with your counselor to review senior year course selection and graduation requirements.
    2. Meet with counselor regarding details about college application process.
    3. Consider whom you will ask to write your recommendations. Think about asking teachers who know you well and who will write positive letters about you. Letters from a coach, activity leader, or an adult who knows you well outside of school (e.g. volunteer work contact) are also valuable.
    4. Take SAT or ACT.
    5. Schedule for summer and fall concurrent enrollment courses.
    6. Finalize graduation Program.
    7. Complete any 11th grade credit deficiencies during the summer before 12th grade.
    8. Continue to read books, magazine and newspapers.
    9. Narrow university choice.
    10. Practice filling out college applications, and then complete the final application forms or apply online through the websites of the colleges in which you are interested.
    11. Compose rough draft of your college essays.
    12. Prepare college application resume.
    13. Make a calendar showing application deadlines for admission, financial aid and scholarships.

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    1. Keep working on your grades. Make sure you take the courses to graduate in May.
    2. Continue to participate in extracurricular activities and volunteer activities. Demonstrate initiative, creativity, commitment and leadership in each. (40 hours of volunteer needed in 12th grade for distinguished graduates).
    3. Register for and take the ACT Assessment, SAT I, or SAT II Subject Tests, as necessary.
    4. Complete the college application process.
    5. Fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if necessary, PROFILE(R). These forms can be obtained from the counselor or at http://www.fafsa.edu.gov to download the forms or to file electronically. These forms may not be processed before January 1, so don’t send them before then.
    6. Mail or send electronically any remaining applications and financial aid forms before winter break.
    7. Complete any remaining application procedures.
    8. March or April expect acceptance letters from universities.
    9. Present attendance intention by May 1 for university that you will attend.
    10. Prepare for Graduation.
    11. Masha’Allah you have reached your goals! Always stay on the right path and all goals will be easier to achieve.

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