- Sign up for the PSAT test if interested (Counselors will provide information about this test)
- Sign up for co-curricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement and accomplishment is most important, not the number of activities.
- Start a calendar of important dates and deadlines
- Develop your time management skills – prioritizing your activities is critical for academic success.
- Keep a record of your co-curricular involvement, volunteer work, and employment (all year) on your Activity Sheet. The purpose of the activity sheet is to capture all the activities, service, and work you have participated in during your high school career. In addition, you should record any honors or awards associated with your activities. Begin during your freshman year and keep adding to it. Your counselor will ask you for this form at the start of your senior year and will use the information in your college recommendation. In addition, The Common App requires you to highlight this information, so it will be helpful for you to have it recorded on one document. Finally, the teachers whom you ask to write recommendations for you may also ask for the activity sheet.
- Take the Pre-ACT test
- Attend Sophomore Parent Night: Navigating High School: A Student Perspective-a student panel presentation for students and parents to get advice from older students on maximizing the high school experience
- Make sure you are on top of your academic work. If necessary, meet with your teachers for additional help.
- Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio (all year).
- Receive results of the PSAT. Read materials sent with your score report. Consult your school counselor to explore ways to improve on future standardized tests and courses to discuss which may be required or beneficial for your post-high school plans.
- Most four year colleges require 4 years of English; 4 years of math; 3 years of science; 2-3 years of social studies, and 2-3 years of foreign languages and electives.
- Take the MCAS English exam.
- You will receive information in a general meeting about course selection. When selecting junior year courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself academically but realistically.
- Consider taking the SAT Subject Tests in your strong subjects in May or June (discuss with your teachers and counselor). Register at The College Board. These are one-hour exams testing you on academic subjects that you have already completed (ex: world history, biology, foreign languages, Math Level 1).
- Study for the May AP Exam in world history (if you are taking the course). Visit AP Central at the College Board website for more information.
- Attend the Sophomore Seminar program and and explore career options via Naviance.
- Look into summer jobs or apply for special academic or enrichment programs.
- Study for SAT Subject Test(s) (if applicable)
- Take the MCAS Math exam.
- Take the Advanced Placement World History Exam (if applicable).
- Plan now for wise use of your summer. Consider taking a summer course or participating in a special program at a local college or community college, working or volunteering.
- Take the MCAS Science Test (if applicable)
- Take the SAT Subject exams (if applicable).
- Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
- Finalize your summer plans.
- Make your summer productive. Continue reading to increase your vocabulary.
- Complete summer reading.
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