RISING 9th GRADERS
9th Grade Timeline
- Enroll in challenging courses based on teacher recommendations. Take challenging classes and earn As and Bs. Colleges will see these grades.
- Set up your SCOIR account.
- Make some like-minded friends. Nothing keeps you focused like having a group of friends who can help you stay on task. Find a “study group.”
- Join a club and/or a sport. Pick activities you think you might stick with throughout high school.
- Read as much as possible. Especially outside of school, it’s important for you to always be absorbing written material.
- Find a mentor. This can be a teacher, community member or coach who can help guide you throughout high school and the college application process.
- Consider your interests. Create a CFNC account (College Foundation of North Carolina) and take an interest inventory. Use CFNC throughout High School.
- Pursue activities relevant to your interest and research college programs based on interest.
- Make a portfolio/resume. Include your best work from high school—papers, labs, projects, etc. Include awards and recognition you’ve won.
- Summer Enrichment: Get your first job or volunteer with an organization you like. Pick something related to your interests or future career aspirations.
- Get to know your school counselor!
Advice for Freshmen and Their Parents
- Students should set aside at least twenty to thirty minutes in the evening to study for each academic course. Even if there are no specific assignments, students should at the very least review the material covered that day.
- Students should try to study at the same time and in the same location each evening.
- Study time distractions should be kept to a minimum.
- Students should keep track of all assignments and deadline using a planner or some type of calendar.
- Parents should feel free to e-mail teachers anytime there is a question about performance or behavior. E-mail is one of the best ways to keep track of student performance.
- Keep notes and papers organized in folders or binders.
- Start researching Scholarships and open a RaiseMe account.