Academic Preparation

Math skills are a key to success in most post secondary education institutions

  • Algebra I & II CP/Geometry CP are minimum required math courses

 Laboratory Sciences

  • Colleges expect students to have 2 to 3 lab sciences.  Which include Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry.

 College preparatory English is a requirement for universities and colleges

  • Grammar, reading, composition, American lit, world lit, and speech are key to success

 Social Sciences

  • Four years of social science courses are required for most 2 and 4 year school

 World Language

  • Two or more years of world language is expected by most colleges

 Computer Science

  • Basic understanding and use of office related programs is a must

Fine Arts

  • Colleges view a year of fine arts a key to cultural and intellectual growth

Academic Electives

  • Colleges expect students to have a minimum number of academic electives 

School and Community Activities

  • Sports, academic clubs, fine arts activities, peer tutoring, student government, community activities and organizations and church groups can all have an impact on college and career success

School Success Starts at Home

  • Set up a study area in your home
  • Encourage good study habits
  • Help your child build self discipline
  • Get involved in your child's school
  • Monitor your child’s progress in school by reviewing and discussing all progress reports and report cards when they arrive in your home
  • If a teacher is requesting a conference both you and your child should attend in order to establish future academic goals.
  • Talk with your child about their Career Cruising results.  The use of this program begins in 8th grade career class. (see below)
  • Attend the Junior High Scheduling, Academic and Career Planning Information Meeting to learn more about the classes your child should take to meet graduation requirements and lay the groundwork for higher education.
  • Encourage your child to be an active learner by taking notes, participating in discussions, asking questions, and learning from mistakes.
  • Require that your child use their daily agenda to keep track of all assignments and to complete all homework in a timely manner.
  • Help your child develop problem-solving skills by asking for his or her input, assigning responsibilities, and allowing him or her to make certain decisions.
  • Help your child set realistic goals. Recognize your child’s efforts as well as successes.
  • Encourage your child to take the most appropriate and challenging courses available to them.

Career Cruising for Career Exploration

Go to the Career Cruising Portfolio System http://www.careercruising.com

Type in the username and password

Username: ID#

Password: Use password provided in Career Awareness or This is Your Life class.
Click on Start Career Cruising to begin

  • This program is a portfolio tool that has one goal in mind: to help you plan your future.
  • It is never to early to start the career decision process.
  • The site provides several programs to assist you and your child with career planning.
  •  It should be used every year to assist in career development and to focus in on improved career exploration.
  • It can help create career and education plans for high school and beyond as well as aid in resume development.
  • This program will help to better serve you in choosing a career and understand what is required to meet success.
  • Once you complete the Career Matchmaker, which is a career assessment tool, the options are endless.
  • There are career descriptions, career video clips, salaries, required education and links to many different colleges.
  • If you have misplaced your password, please contact the Guidance Office.

Ninth Grade

  • Make sure you are enrolled in the appropriate academic program. Honors (H), College Preparation (CP), or Core (check with your School Counselor if you are unsure).
  • College Preparatory or CP classes do just that, prepare you for college. 
  • Academics are important to your success so work towards achieving your full potential.
  • Work hard and get good grades!!
  • GPA and class rank start to be calculated at the start of your ninth grade year and will be part of your permanent record
  • Work with the Career Cruising program to help learn more about possible careers for you.
  • Take your job shadowing experiences seriously. This may be your first opportunity to see your career at work.
  • Extracurricular activities based in and out of school are also an important part of career preparation.
  • Listen to your parent's advice as well as other adults that are involved in your life. They care about you and want the very best.
  • College is expensive, so start exploring ways of paying for or funding your college costs now!
  • Use the internet and books that are available in most libraries to gain information about colleges, technical schools and the military.
  • Know what colleges want and expect (please refer to helpful links for additional resources)
  • Research majors, programs, costs, staff to student ratio, admission requirements and high school requirements. Tour colleges and vocational-technical schools when and if possible.
  • Look into participating in summer and school programs that may be available to you.
  • Attendance is very important.  If you are not in school it will affect your grades and acceptance into college or vocational-technical schools.
  • See your School Counselor with questions and concerns.  They can point you in the right direction.