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9th/10th Grade College Checklist

9th/10th Grade College Checklist


  • Take challenging classes in core academic subjects
  • Sign up with your school counselor to take the PSAT in October for practice
  • Get to know your HS Counselor
  • Create a four-year academic plan with HS counselor and parent 
  • Join and/or create clubs/extra-curricular activities that are of interest to you
  • Prepare for the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) by taking prep courses offered on Saturdays or after school
  • Decide which AP classes you would like to enroll in during your sophomore year


  • Continue to take challenging core classes
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss colleges and requirements
  • Register to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) Test in October to give you practice
  • Visit local colleges and universities with family and friends. Attend a variety of college fairs
  • Maintain active membership in extra-curricular activities and seek opportunities for leadership
  • Maintain an above average GPA from now until you graduate. (*Note: Most universities calculate admissible GPA based on grades from 10th -11th, incl. summer session following completion of 11th grade)
  • Take and Pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
  • Continue participation in academic enrichment programs such as EAOP, MESA, TALENT SEARCH, TRIO, IAM program, NAI, One Voice, etc.
  • Plan to use your free time wisely: work, volunteer or consider taking UC-Approved community college courses online, in-person during Fall, Spring and/or Summer Sessions