Sophomore Guidance

Each school year, grade level students meet at least once with their Grade Level Assistant Principal to formulate their individual student educational plan to discuss graduation requirements, credit status, postsecondary goals, and college preparation if a student chooses to apply to college their senior year.

Administration also visits all grade level students in early spring semester to help navigate class registration for the following school year.

College & Career Counselor visits grade level classrooms to provide informative presentations. Sophomores receive lessons on college and career exploration, understanding their transcript and preparing for junior year.

A Sophomore/Junior Parent Night will be offered for the first time this school year. Stay tuned for date/time of event.

Classroom Presentations - To be Announced for 2022-2023

October 24, 2022: Fall Sophomore Guidance (Held in English classes): High School Diploma & Credit Requirements, Types of College, A-G requirements, Non-college pathways, Financial Aid & Extracurricular Activities. Slides available here

College Bound Sophomores!

By the time you’re a sophomore, you may have already realized why preparing for college requires a four-year plan. Your current school work and activities are beginning to pile up, so it’s natural for you not to think about anything but the present. Check back with your counselor and see how you are doing academically and whether you’re on track with your yearly plan.

A couple of recommended sophomore tasks include taking the PSAT to familiarize yourself with the ACT and SAT testing format as well as beginning the search for where you might want to go for college and what you might want to do professionally. This sophomore-year checklist also contains a few links to give you even more information on what you need to know to prepare.

You don’t need to wait on anyone else to get started with these steps. Keep asking questions and taking initiative!

  • Meet with your school counselor for a follow-up on your grades from freshman year

  • Implement any advice gained from your school counselor check-in into your yearly plan

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT® to get familiar with the testing format and time constraints before taking the SAT/ACT your junior year

  • Get more involved if you can by adding extracurricular activities to your schedule

  • Add electives to your schedule that all you to explore areas of study that you might be interested in

  • Research your future career

    • Learn its education requirements

    • Expecting annual earnings for the next 3-5 years

    • Review LinkedIn profiles of people currently in that profession to see the steps they took to get there

  • Start your college search!

    • Decide what you want and need in a college

    • Research and develop a list of 20 colleges that offer your major and fit those needs you’d like to attend

    • Request information from those colleges

    • Review their acceptance/graduation rates, financial aid, scholarships resources, and tuition costs

-Excerpt from Colleges of Distinction