Academic Considerations Part 1
Preparing for College Grades 7-11


In Grades 7 & 8

In Grades 9 & 10


In Grade 11
  • Attend college and financial aid events
  • Mentor others and have a mentor for yourself.
  • Take the PSAT in the fall to prepare for the SAT, and to identify areas where you need improvement.
  • Consider possible career options and investigate the type of education that is needed.
  • Request materials from schools that interest you and visit their websites.
  • Arrange visits to those schools that interest you. Participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Request admissions and financial aid forms.
  • Sign up for classes that will earn college credit during your senior year through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Postsecondary Enrollment Options or College in the Schools.
  • Register for and take the ACT/SAT in the spring.
  • Review your high school class plan.
  • Take the most difficult classes you can handle. Stay focused on your schoolwork.
  • Make sure you are meeting your high school graduation requirements.
  • Enroll in a summer enrichment program.
  • Get a job to earn and save money for college, explore your skills through an internship or apprenticeship.
  • Research private scholarship options.