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High School Student Checklist: Get on Track!

Use this checklist to help your child make the right decisions for high school and get on track for college.

Freshmen Year You Must. . .

  • Visit college campuses with your child.
  • Encourage your child to make a diploma plan with the counselor.
  • Get to know teachers.
  • Have your child schedule to take tough classes, like honors/AP classes, algebra, foreign languages. Colleges are looking for honors or AP classes.
  • Encourage your child to choose electives that will help learn about his or her interests.
  • Encourage your child to consider participating in academic enrichment programs such as PREP, Pentathlon, Decathlon, and AVID.
  • Keep a folder of accomplishments for your child that includes:
    • Awards
    • Certificates
    • Community Service Log
    • Job shadowing and internships letters of participation
    • Tell your child to get a Reality Check!
    • Have your child take the Learning Style Quiz Link to learning style quiz- Learning styles change and grow just like your child!
    • Tell your child to work hard to create and keep a high GPA
    • Make a Career Plan link to Make a Career Plan with your child.

ADD these to the Checklist SOPHOMORE Year

  • Research Colleges and their Admission Requirements with your child.
  • Get to know you child’s teachers.
  • Have your child the Prepare for the PSAT in the Fall and register to take it in the Spring
  • Help your child keep a schedule or agenda of deadlines
  • Have your child retake the Learning Style Quiz- Learning styles change and grow just like you do!
  • Help your child investigate Job Shadowing
  • Help your child search for Internships

ADD these to the list to Get in Gear For College Application Season JUNIOR year:


  • Have your child take AP or dual credit courses available in your child’s high school to save money in college and increase GPA.
  • Help your child create a Resume
  • Help your child get a professional e-mail address: (FirstName.LastName@emailaddress.com).
  • Help your child Make a list of potential colleges .
  • Help your child research the requirements regarding entrance and placement exams link to Learn the Language Dictionary at the potential colleges.
  • Help your child search and start applying for Scholarships


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