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Freshmen

Ninth Grade Information and Timelines

How can you make the most of your high school experience?

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Maintain communication with your parents, teachers, counselors, and friends.
  • Actively participate in all your classes.
  • Get involved in athletics and/or extracurricular activities.
  • Don't procrastinate! Do it today!
  • Work hard, yet work smart.
  • Persevere. It's not where you start, but where you finish that counts.
  • Challenge yourself. Expect more from yourself, and you will achieve more.
  • Make good decisions and set goals for yourself.
  • Be positive. Understand that you will make mistakes. Just try not to make the same mistake twice!
  • Don't be too serious. Learn to laugh at yourself.

We are confident that if you incorporate the above guidelines into your freshman year, you will be happy and quite successful.

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO PLAN FOR THE FUTURE:

  • Work to your potential. The grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school GPA and class rank. This is important for college admission and scholarships.
  • Strengthen your vocabulary by increasing your reading. Strive to read as much as possible.
  • Investigate summer enrichment programs.
  • Know the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) requirements if you want to participate in Division I or II sports in college. Go to the web site www.ncaa.org.
  • The PSAT (which is designed for 10th and 11th graders) is in October. Though few freshmen take this test, it might be an appropriate option for you. Call Ms. Tamborello, College Counselor, if you would like more information.
  • Visit the College Counseling Center. There are brochures and literature for the taking and all questions are welcomed.
  • Check out which high school courses colleges require.
  • Tour a nearby college.
  • Involve yourself in school activities.
  • Use Naviance and the Family Connection to create a path for your future. You can build course plans, create goals and to-dos, take interest tests and start a resume.

For more information about college planning or the college planners for all four years of high school, please visit counseling's College Planning page.

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