Class of 2023
Class of 2023
10th Grade Timeline!
Here you will find a list of grade-specific activities that you should be doing based on your grade level.
Also included are resources to help you complete the process, (videos, handouts, presentations, links)
To find out more information and get specific dates/deadlines for these activities, just click on each activity below.
on track to college Readiness!
There’s a lot a 10th-grade student can do to stay on the right track toward college, and a lot a parent can do to help. Take a look at these tips for thinking about the future, managing time, taking standardized tests, and more. These are steps you can take as a 10th grader to make sure you're on the right track for college.
Top Must Do's for Sophomores:
Review the Top 26 Must Do's for Freshman and follow all of the recommendations listed on the 9th Grade Timeline page. In addition to those things, keep yourself on track by following each of the 10th Grade Must Do's listed below.
Meet with your high School Counselor, again! Be sure to meet with your school counselor regularly to ensure that your course schedule is challenging enough to prepare you for college.
Check into any prerequisites for advanced-level junior and senior-year courses. Talk with your school counselor about the benefits of taking community college classes.
Take the PSAT/NMSQT® or PSAT™ 10. You will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. It provides valuable feedback on your college readiness and a free, personalized plan to help you start getting ready for the SAT, ACT, and for college.
What is the SAT Exam - The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States. Since it was debuted by the College Board in 1926, its name and scoring have changed several times; originally called the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
What is the ACT Exam - The ACT test is a curriculum-based education and career planning tool for high school students that assesses the mastery of college readiness standards.
Are you interested in attending a U.S. military academy? If so, you should request a pre-candidate questionnaire. Also, if you haven't already you might consider taking the ASVAB.
Along with your family, do some research about how to obtain financial aid. Many students use financial aid to cover college costs. Find out what financial aid is, where it comes from, and how you can apply for it. Read the U.S. Department of Education’s Funding Your Education (about federal aid programs).
Research majors that might be a good fit with your interests and goals based on your results from the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search.
Attend college and career fairs. These fairs often take place in the fall in the San Diego area. Check with the SDHS Counseling Center for more information about career-related or college events to get a more detailed look at potential college/career options.
Participate in school activities or volunteer efforts. Extracurricular activities can help you develop time-management skills and enrich your high school experience.
Plan to use your summer wisely: Work, volunteer, or take a summer course.
Talk to your school counselor about your plans for life after high school. He or she can help you plan your schedule, search for colleges, and navigate the financial aid process. The more your school counselor knows about you, the more he or she can help you along the way.
Tour college campuses. If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel time to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if you have no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you learn what to look for in a college.
Plan to attend the SDHS college nights and financial aid nights. Be sure to attend those events with your child.
Help your child develop independence by encouraging him or her to take responsibility for balancing homework with any other activities or a part-time job.
Learn about the standardized tests your child will be taking during 10th through 12th grades.
Get a brief overview of financial aid from Federal Student Aid at a Glance.
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