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10th Grade
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Keep those grades up!
You might have a lot going on this year, but it's important to stay focused on your schoolwork.
Sign up for a college savings account or continue to add money to an existing account.
Talk to your parents about financial aid options. It's a good idea to start talking about how you're going to pay for college.
Continue your conversations with your guidance counselors, teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for college or other paths towards a career.
If you have not yet done so, review concurrent enrollment or other early access opportunities to get college credit while you are in high school
Continue to update Your Plan of Study to keep track of your courses and grades.
Invite your counselor and parent to view Your Plan of Study. Are you on track to meet the requirements for:
  • High school graduation?
  • Educational path after high school?
  • Career path?
  • National Collegiate Athletics Association?
  • Certificate or Associates Degree through Concurrent Enrollment Program?
Find out about AP and other honors-level courses for junior year.
Update your college planning file - or start one, if you haven't already. (See Grade 9)
Continue extracurricular activities.
Remember, many admissions officers look for well-rounded students who participate in the world around them.
If you have room in your schedule, consider a part-time job, internship or volunteer position.
Look into participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and sciences.
The PSAT 10 test will be administered at your high school in the month of April of your sophomore year. This is a valuable test to help you prepare for the SAT, which you will take next year. This test is free of cost.
The scores of the PSAT 10 will not count for National Merit Scholar consideration. You will need to register and take the PSAT in the month of October of your Junior year in order to be considered for the National Merit Scholarships.
As soon as you receive your scores on your PSAT (College Board) Account, make sure to create a Khan Academy account and link the accounts.
By doing this you will see personalized practice recommendations, and you can practice anytime, anywhere, at no cost.
Investigate your options for participating in concurrent enrollment next year.
This allows juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses if they meet certain requirements and get credit toward high school and college at the same time.
Make a list of reasons why you like different colleges and universities - programs, location, cost and so on.
Visit college campuses and take virtual tours of colleges in the Explore Schools section.
Start thinking about what factors are important to you in choosing a college:
size, location, availability of extracurricular activities, for example.
Keep reading!
Expanding your vocabulary and learning new things will help with many things over the next few years.
Start or continue searching for scholarship opportunities.
Although you may not be able to apply right now, you can find out what the requirements will be and work toward them.