10th Grade Planning Timeline

10th grade students should continue considering future plans to help them be better prepared for the rest of high school.  This will also help them be more prepared for college, vocational school, and the work force. Below is a suggested planning timeline for you to follow throughout your sophomore year:

  • Keep your grades up! It is important to stay focused on your schoolwork. Please create effective lines of communication with your teachers and school counselors if you are struggling in a course, or on an assignment.
  • Research about AP and other honors-level courses that may be offered for your junior-year.
  • Continue participating in extracurricular activities. Many admission officers and employers look for well-rounded students who are involved in their communities.   
  • If you have room in your schedule, consider a part-time job or volunteer position.  
  • Look into participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, and sciences.  Your school counselors will share information about various summer programs that you can take advantage of.
  • Take the PLAN test if you plan to take the ACT. This is a valuable test to help you prepare for the ACT. Ask your school counselor for more information about the PLAN test.
  • If you plan to take the SAT, take the PSAT in October. The scores will not count for National Merit Scholar consideration this year, but it is good practice for taking the PSAT in your junior year (when the scores will count).
  • It is never too early to start studying for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Please visit CFWV’s Test Prep section to begin studying.
  • Investigate your option for participating in concurrent enrollment next year. This allows juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses if certain requirements are met. Please talk to your school counselors for more information on Dual Credit courses available to you during your junior year.
  • Keep reading! Spending some of your spare time reading is very beneficial because it will help expand your vocabulary, while helping you learn new things you can use now and in the future.
  • Sign up for a college savings account or continue to add money to your existing account. Begin talking to your parents/guardians about financial aid options.  
  • Continue your conversations with your school counselors, teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for college or other paths towards a career.   
  • Update your college planning file – or start one if you have not already.
  • Make a list of reasons why you like different colleges and universities – programs, location, cost and so on. You can look at various college campuses through CFWV’s Explore Schools section.
  • Start thinking about what factors are important to you in choosing a college. Consider size, location, availability of extracurricular activities, etc. You can find colleges that align with your interests by utilizing CFWV’s College Matching Assistant tool.

All information has been gathered from CFWV.com

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