Looking Good, Sophomores!

  Things to Do in 10th Grade:

Monitor your grades, attendance, discipline, and social media presence: Colleges, scholarships, and/or employers often inquire!

Understand high school graduation requirements and start researching college entrance requirements. Courses to consider for next year include:

CTE Classes may earn college credit if you make a B in class and 93 on CTE Post Tests; you can also learn a lot about possible careers!

Honors/Advanced courses (“weighted” an additional ½ point towards your grade point average) shows colleges that you are willing to work hard and prepares you for the rigor of college level work.

Advanced Placement courses (“weighted” an additional 1 point towards your grade point average) are taught on a college level and can earn college credit if you score 3-5 on AP exam.

Haywood Community College’s “Career & College Promise” offers both Career Technical Opportunities (eg. Auto or Machining at HCC OR Criminal Justice or Early Childhood online ) and College Transfer options both online and on the HCC campus (“weighted” an additional 1 point towards your grade point average)

Explore the college planning section at cfnc.org to learn more about standardized testing

Every student takes the ACT in February of Junior Year for free. The ACT is used by 4-year schools and 2-year schools for admissions and placement decisions.  Many scholarship applications will ask for ACT scores.

Students may also choose to take the SAT. A great low-cost practice for the SAT is the PSAT (offered only in October). Juniors taking this test can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program.

Students planning to go to a 4-year school are encouraged to test at least once in 11th grade and again in fall of 12th Scores often improve!

If you think you might qualify for a fee waiver, please see your counselor!

Test prep and registration is available at collegeboard.org for the SAT and www.actstudent.org for the ACT.

Continue to explore career interests and information:  Try career assessments online at cfnc.org, AND talk to friends, family, neighbors!

Continue to explore colleges:  Visit college campuses and “tour” colleges online at cfnc.org and talk with family and friends about their educational choices.

IF you hope to play a sport at college level, learn more about NCAA (eligibilitycenter.org) and NAIA (www.PlayNAIA.org). You should plan to register for “eligibility” during your junior year.

Consider how you spend your time: Grades are important, but employers / colleges also look for well-rounded students with well-developed interests. Think QUALITY – rather than quantity – when planning your extracurricular activities:  Expand your horizons through clubs, work, or volunteer activities.