College Corner

Going to college can set students up for successful and rewarding careers. However, many students don't know what they need to do in order to attend college. This page is dedicated to providing students a road map and resources for going to college from the start of their freshman year in high school to when they graduate.

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BIS COLLEGE NIGHT

9th Grade Guidelines

Now Everything Counts

Many of you are probably wondering, "What can I do as a Freshman to prepare for college?" Believe it or not, freshman year is a critical time for students. The path you begin can determine the journey – start strong to end strong.

Some things to consider as a Freshman:

  • Grades Matter
  • Plan Challenging 10th Grade Courses
  • Get Involved
  • Plan Summer Activities

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10th Grade Guidelines

The Journey Continues

As a Sophomore, your academic journey begins to fall into place. Like Freshman year, this is also a critical time in your academic life. The bulk of required courses for graduation are stacked into the first two years of your high school career, as well as some of most essential skills for higher learning, so it's important you take advantage of the courses and skills offered you as a Sophomore.

Some things to consider as a Sophomore:

  • Continue to Monitor Academic Progress
  • Review Four-Year High School Plan
  • Prepare for the PSAT/SAT
  • Stay Involved and Active in the School and Community

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11th Grade Guidelines

Time to Get Serious

As a Junior, your future starts to get real – not some vague and fuzzy outline down the road. This is the beginning of the end of your high school journey as you start thinking seriously about the SAT/ACT, scholarships, and college visitations. Planning the courses you need to take the last two years of high school is essential; colleges want to see a transcript with challenging courses – not only will this help better prepare you for the rigors of college academics, but will also help you in the areas of college admissions and scholarships.

Some things to consider as a Junior:

  • Focus on Academic Progress
  • What's the Difference Between the SAT and ACT?
  • Look at College Options
  • Set Up College Visitations
  • Plan Challenging Senior Courses
  • Choose Meaningful Summer Activities
  • Update Your Resume with Community Involvement and Activities

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12th Grade Guidelines

Time to Apply to College

As one journey comes to an end, a new one is about to begin. Your senior year is the culmination of years of hard work – finish strong! – and make this year one of the best. As a senior, you have important decisions to make and they happen fast, so get organized, make a plan, and execute it!

Some things to consider as a Senior:

  • Grades Still Count
  • Finalize a List of Colleges to Apply to
  • Get Organized
  • Evaluation SAT/ACT Scores
  • Obtain College Applications
  • Complete College Applications in a Timely Manner
  • Complete Financial Aid Forms and Scholarship Applications
  • Make a Decision

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