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Meet your Deadlines for 9th Grade.

Grade 9 is the year you make some major adjustments in your life. Courses are harder; the social life becomes more complex; you are thrown into a new environment and expectations change drastically. offers you some planning tips to help make your "adjustment" as painless as possible. These tips should also help you get off on the right track toward your eventual college admission.


  • Work on scheduling your time as efficiently as possible. The more you plan for study time, extracurricular activities and your social life the more likely you are to be successful in all areas of high school life.

  • Work on your study skills if needed. Many students fall into bad study habits which can interfere with your progress towards admission at the colleges of your choice. Learning to study more effectively now will help you attend the school you want and will help you be successful when you get there!

  • Set reasonable goals for grades in all of your courses. Sit down with your parents, teachers and counselors to discuss your goals, expectations and any special concerns you may have about certain courses.

  • Be open to all the potential activities that are offered at the high school level. Be ready to evaluate clubs, teams, activities and community service options that appeal to you. Not only will you get involved more quickly in high school life, you will also be gathering valuable experiences that many colleges may be interested in down the line.

  • Be sure to keep track of any and all activities you are involved with this year. This information will be very valuable as you eventually apply to the colleges of your choice.

  • When counselors meet with you and your fellow freshmen to organize your 4 year plan take your time and fill out all information thoroughly. Be honest in your assessment of your eventual goals. If you are intending to go to a four year college then you should be considering certain courses in your sophomore year. Try to think ahead!

  • Consider visiting your counseling or career center to become familiar with the resources that are provided. If you begin to see what is available now, it may help you to make some important decisions later.

  • Attend meetings at your high school when college representatives come on campus. You should familiarize yourself NOW with the college opportunities which are out there. In addition, it is never too early to learn about college admission requirements.

  • Take advantage of the guidance which is offered by your high school staff. Counselors, Career Center Specialists, and administrators are there to help you make effective decisions for yourself.

  • Monitor your progress this year to meet college entrance requirements. Use your four year plan folder at school) and the tools provided by to keep track of your grades and courses. It is important to see if the courses you are taking this year could be required in terms of establishing your eligibility for admission to colleges in which you may have an interest. Check with your counselor!

  • Consider taking the SAT II: Subject Tests at the end of this school year which relate to appropriate courses in which you are currently enrolled. If you are planning to attend a four year college that requires the SAT II tests consult with your counselor to determine if courses you are taking will prepare you adequately to take a SAT II Subject Test this year.

  • Begin discussing with your parents the costs of attending college. Inquire about their plans to help you finance this increasingly expensive educational opportunity. You may want to suggest consulting an accountant or financial advisor to help figure out ways to save money for the next 3 years. Be willing to do your part in terms of saving money for your OWN education. Be ready to work this summer as an example!

We hope this brief listing of tips will be helpful in getting you started on the road to college admissions. Remember that these suggestions are relatively general and for specific help and guidance, rely on your parents, counselors and Career Center Specialists, and the extensive materials provided by We are all here to help you have a productive, enjoyable first year in high school. Good luck!