- Develop good study habits. Remember, the grades you receive in the ninth grade do count as part of your overall average for college.
- Meet with your guidance counselor to plan your program and discuss your progress.
- Aim to take challenging courses and get involved in special programs. This is an important factor for gaining admittance to the college of your choice.
- Use your free time before school and during school to attend tutoring sessions.
- Get to know the assistant principals, the programs that are offered in their respective departments and, if possible, perform school service in these various offices.
- Continue studying hard, take challenging courses, join clubs and teams, and volunteer for school service.
- Begin preparing for the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT), a pre-test for the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), which you will take in the fall of your junior year.
- Plan to take the PSAT in the fall and your first SAT in the spring.
- Sign up for a college interview in the spring with the college counselor.
- Remember, your academic average, which is based on your 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, is computed at the end of your junior year.
- Visit colleges during your vacation time, speak to representatives at college fairs, write away for college catalogues, and view books in preparation for choosing the colleges to which you will be applying.
- Set up an interview with the college counselor.
- Read all college bulletins distributed by the college office.
- Remember, application deadlines for colleges are real!
- Plan to take your second SAT in the fall.
- Continue doing well and take challenging courses. Colleges will request a mid-year grade report prior to making an acceptance decision. College admissions officers want to see that you are consistent even though your ranked academic average has already been established.
- Pick up and file financial aid forms.
Students are promoted according to the following criteria:
Grade 9 to grade 10 - 10 credits*
Grade 10 to grade 11- 20 credits (including 4 in English and 4 in Social Studies)*
Grade 11 to grade 12 - 30 credits*
Graduation 44 + credits* (please graduation is also dependent on the successful completion of regents exams)
* Meet with your guidance counselor to review your transcript and discuss your goals.