PLANNING FOR HIGH SCHOOL
The world is changing and our children need to be better prepared than ever. A high school diploma simply isn't enough any more. Today's students will need a college education or advanced vocational training to compete in the workplace.
Success in college starts now!
Eighth and ninth grade students can plan for high school and college by:
- Thinking about career possibilities and exploring different occupations. Select elective classes in areas of interest.
- Start planning your high school coursework and activities. Keep in mind that colleges will look for challenging coursework, a good grade point average, and extracurricular activities such as sports, volunteer work, and church or community involvement. (These activities are advantageous when applying for scholarships as well.
Parents - You can help your child prepare for success:
- Be involved in your child's education.
- Encourage your child to challenge themselves by enrolling in advanced and accelerated courses, when appropriate. Check with your guidance counselor for more info.
- Encourage your child to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) and College in the Schools (CIS) courses in high school. Students can earn up to two years of college credit through our AP & CIS courses.
- Sit down and talk with your child's guidance counselor to chart a course for his/her education. It's never too early to start planning for high school, and for college.
- Help your child learn about different careers and what it takes to be successful.
- Stress the importance of education with your children and encourage them to dream big!