College Planning – Grade 9
Talk to Your Teachers and Counselors and Adults
Talk to your guidance counselor or teachers about the following:
- Attending a four-year college or university, Community college, Trade school, doing an apprenticeship, and military
- Establishing your college preparatory classes; your schedule should consist of at least 4 college preparatory classes per year, including:
° 4 years of English
° 3 years of math (through Algebra II or trigonometry)
° 2 years of foreign language
° 3 years of natural science
° 3 years of history/social studies
° 1 year of art
° 1 year of additional electives from the above list
- Talk to adults you know in various professions to find out the pros and cons of their jobs, as well as what education was required to get that job
- Using the Portfolio to keep track of your courses and grades.
- Remember, you will have more options if you start planning now for college and keep your grades up.
Participate in Extracurricular and volunteer Activities
Participate in extracurricular and volunteer activities, as admissions officers look at students’ extracurricular and volunteer activities when considering them for admission. Record your activities in your Portfolio.
Participate in Enrichment Programs
Participation in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, science, etc.
Start Keeping Track of Your Documents
Create a file of the following documents and notes:
• Copies of report cards
• List of awards and honors
• List of school and community activities in which you are involved, including both paid and volunteer work, and descriptions of what you do
Start Thinking About the Colleges
Start exploring your college options and thinking about the colleges you might want to attend. Once you have narrowed down the list of colleges and universities in which you are interested, consider taking a tour of the campuses.