10th Grade College Track Calendar
The PSAT is an important part of 10th grade. This year you will register, study, and take the PSAT. This is the practice exam before taking the real SAT the following year.
Review your schedule to make sure you are enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college.
Get involved in extracurricular activities if you have not already.
Sign up for the PSAT.
Talk to your teachers about your performance in core classes, and make sure you are doing what is required to earn 3.5s and 4.0s.
Revisit the goals you have set for yourself and assess whether or not you are on track.
Review your REAP earnings with your family and your teachers. Discuss how you can improve your performance to earn more funding, if necessary.
Join extracurricular activities if you have not already.
Review list of interests, and see if you need to add any interests or skills you have not yet listed.
Make sure you are on track to earn 3.5s and 4.0s in core classes. Seek out help if you are not.
Seek out more information about colleges that interest you through their websites, resources listed here, and leads you get from the REAP counselor.
Review your REAP earnings with your family and your teachers.
Try to make a habit of reading outside of school. This will not only help you in your classes and bring you lifelong enjoyment, but it will also help you to perform well on standardized tests.
Review your list of colleges with your LHS counselor and the REAP counselor. Talk with them about whether they think these colleges are the right fit, and whether you are on track to be admitted.
Begin PSAT test prep.
If you are falling off track, schedule a time with your teacher to make a plan to get caught up.
Are you meeting eligibility requirements of colleges on your list?
Calculate how much additional REAP funding you will earn for the rest of the year and in total. Take enough challenging classes that are REAP eligible.
Review list of colleges, and think deeply about how they match your interests and the way of life you would like to have during college. Make any necessary adjustments.
If you have the opportunity to visit a college, take it.
Discuss how you can improve your performance to earn more funding if necessary.
Seek out community service opportunities and extracurricular activities to get involved in during the summer. Look for a job related to a field that interests you, even if it is just sweeping their floors.
Spend some time looking through college websites and software that helps match you to potential colleges to make sure you include a wide array of possibilities on your college list. Remember, many students get more aid for more expensive colleges, so cost is not always a factor.
If you have concerns or want to talk about your academic performance, schedule an appointment to meet with your REAP counselor.
Learn the difference between grants, loans, work study, and colleges. Make a plan of where you will get the additional funding necessary
Review your scores in high school core classes so far. Think deeply about what you will need to do next year to improve or keep up the good scores. Junior year is considered the most important year to most colleges. You will need to take your classes seriously and do your best.