- 9th grade parent night programs
- Plan carefully the international language choice; make sure it's one you will carry for 4-years; two years of one language and 2-years of another don't mean the same as spending 4-years diving deep into one language
- Experiment with perform art options, even if you change instruments across years, or go across the arts discipline, yet the learnings from arts are foundational and looked upon favorably by colleges
- Join multiple clubs, get a feel of what they do, find your niche, over the years drop more clubs then add to your repertoire, take on more positions of responsibility not always focused on becoming a designated officer. Learn soft skills, diplomacy, ways to work with groups, collaboration, and with growth mindsets.
- Stress the importance of learning history and philosophy and the impact on the core American colleges curriculum.
- Focus on the quality of the courses, building on one another, and balance that with a variety. I'd bring case studies that show the impact correlating music and math.
- The importance of extracurricular activities and external community volunteer efforts
- I would emphasize the value of Calculus to be done by 12th grade and the impact on admissions and the correlation to a successful college career based on the same.
- It's OK to get a bad grade while experimenting and that's possible only in the earlier high school grades, and to get more serious about showing an upward grades progression over the following years.
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Students should casually go to local college visits with parents, make it a fun experience. They should investigate different career pathways at career fairs. They should take assessments to identify careers in line with their interests. It is important that students continue to build their reading, writing, and mathematical skills.
It is important that students continue to build their reading, writing, and mathematical skills. Studies show that students who are off-track in 7th grade math are at higher risk for scoring below college benchmarks on the ACT in high school.
Grade point average should also become a focus for students at this age. High school transcripts permanently record grades that follow students to the postsecondary application process. Middle school is the best time to teach students about GPA and how performance affects their readiness.
We students are way too focused on a STEM education. While the benefits of STEM are awesome and tangible, don't disregard the humanities subjects. those make you whole. Shreya, my older daughter is getting a very complete education at Wellesley college where she is majoring in CS yet 50% of her classes are in Humanities; that's a requirement when you graduate from a liberal arts college. Read on for more..
It's never too early to start preparing for college. Since colleges look at your accomplishments from all four years of high school, you don't want to wait until your junior year to start thinking about your GPA and college admissions. Our checklist linked can help you get started.
During ninth grade it's important adjust to the new work load and learn how to deal with the social stress that often accompanies high school, but it's also important to remember that you're now in the “college prep” years. The activities you join and grades you earn will be a part of your college application.
It's never too early to explore college campuses. Take some time during your freshman year of high school to get yourself to campus and get a feeling for the typical layout of public and private institutions.
Find out exactly how much college can cost and what you can do now as a freshman to prepare for those expenses. Refocus your study habits to build the credentials necessary for grant and scholarship applications.
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. It may seem very far away, but the hard work you put in now should help you later on.
Some experts recommend starting as early as sixth grade.
AOs look closely at a student’s course load and its level of difficulty, along with grades, to gauge academic ability and commitment. The more selective the college, the more nitpicky they’re going to be about the classes you take. So take the most rigorous curriculum you can,. “Strong senior-year classes and grades are like a foolproof vaccination plan for college admission.
Most students have a vague idea about their career path. Any 17-year old who says he knows exactly what he wants is a statistical anomaly. Please use this assignment to get more clarity into your plans. Use the attached document's below to enhance your responses. Make sure you include responses to the following:
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