Complete your High School and Beyond Plan. Enter the classes you will take this year as well as the classes you plan to take your senior year. Update throughout the year if you change your mind.
If you qualified for the College Bound Scholarship in Middle School, remember that you must fulfill the College Bound pledge in order to receive the scholarship when you graduate.
If you are considering the military, let your counselor know and meet with the representatives when they visit AHS. Also take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
If you are interested in attending a military academy (ex. West Point, Air Force Academy) after high school, start learning about how to apply. The Academy application process is lengthy, so students must account for enough time to ensure they are academically competitive, medically and physically qualified and have an official nomination. The earlier an interested student begins the process the better; students can apply as early as spring of their junior year.
If you are interested in participating in college level athletics after high school, start learning about the eligibility requirements through the NCAA at http://www.ncaa.org and NAIA at http://www.naia.org.
Explore and visit several colleges. Meet with College Reps that come to AHS. Contact colleges to request information.
Sign up to take the PSAT test in October. The PSAT is used as a screening test for National Merit Scholarship. Only Juniors can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program.
Register for SAT or ACT college entrance exams, if needed for admission/scholarships. Many colleges/universities are test optional for admission process and scholarships. Check with the college/university you are potentially applying to before registering for the ACT/SAT test.
Meet with your counselor to review courses. Pay attention to graduation requirements and college admission requirements.
Continue to participate in volunteer activities.
Continue building a high school resume, keeping track of all your extracurricular activities and any awards or honors you receive. You’ll need this information for college applications as well as scholarships.