9th Grade To-Do List:
Ask most seniors what they wish they could do over to get ready for college and they would reply with two statements:
- Make better grades in my 9th grade and 10th grade year; and
- Be more active in community service and extracurricular activities
Hopefully, you will not make those two mistakes!
Here is a list of things you should be doing to prepare for college admissions and scholarships in your senior year:
- Make the best grades possible. Colleges only see your final grades from 9th, 10th , and 11th grades; they do not see your report card grades.
- Try to challenge yourself by taking honors level classes, and if your teacher recommends them, AP classes. (Advanced Placement-college level/college credit classes)
- Get involved!!! Extracurricular activities might not influence college admissions, but they are a deal breaker when it comes to scholarships.
- You need community service hours. Keep a calendar and every time you do something to help someone and you are not getting paid for it, mark the time and the service on your calendar.
- Do your research! You need to be looking at colleges and scholarships now. Go to www.cfnc.org to research any NC college. To research out-of-state colleges, just Google the name of the college.
- If you do not do well on standardized tests, start preparing for the SAT and ACT now. You can go online to www.collegeboard.org for study questions. See your guidance counselor for study information.
- Watch your actions!!! Don’t do anything foolish that could negatively influence your recommendation for college. Be a rule follower.
- Need help with anything? Have questions? See your guidance counselor!
Things to know:
- You must pass three out of four classes to get your driver’s license.
- You can only miss 7 days in a class. If you miss more than 7, you do not pass the class. (Doctor notes are waived BUT you have to complete and turn in a waiver form).
- How to compute your GPA- Add your quality points and divide by the number of classes. Quality points are points awarded to you for the grade you made in a class. As of August 2015, quality points will be awarded as follows:
GPA Quality Points:
CP Honors AP A=4 A=4.5 A=5 B=3 B=3.5 B=4 C=2 C=2.5 C=3 D=1 D=1.5 D=2
Grading Scale:A: 90-100B: 80-89C; 70-79D: 60-69F: 59 and below
Colleges look at your GPA, SAT/ACT scores, class rank, and how challenging your courses have been for admissions. For merit scholarships, colleges look at the above plus what you've done with your time (ie: Extracurriculars).
The guidance counselors will make sure we have you in the required North Carolina admission classes, but what you do with your classes and your time is totally up to you. Big dreams usually require determination, a good attitude, and lots of hard work!
- 4 Year Planning Guide
- There's a planning guide from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) - "Tips for Parents with High School Teens - Countdown to College." This brochure has information to help you and your child learn what needs to be done to prepare for college.