All grades

  • Academic success.  
  • Be engaged.  Be doing.
  • Research and visit colleges.
  • Evaluate your personal 4-year plan.

Top grades & a challenging curriculum come 1st but isn’t enough by itself for select schools.

9th grade

  • Make a personal 4-year Plan.
  • Engage in multiple interests.  (find a passion).
  • Develop relationships with adults
  • Summer program 

10th grade

  • Choose SAT v ACT.
  • Develop your theme/story.
  • Engage further in a couple of interests.
  • Find a mentor or mentorship program

See a sample plan here. Update your plan each semester / year. Pick activities you like, not what you think colleges want.

Register for SAT/ACT prep (if any) during the sophomore/junior summer. National Merit awards are based on 11th grade PSATs. Make Sophomore / Junior summer significant.

11th grade

  • Complete standardized testing.
  • Request Letters of Recommendation.
  • Demonstrate excellence in interests.
  • Compile an initial college list.

Standardized tests include: SAT/ACT, SAT II's, TOFEL (if required). Letters of Rec are strong only if you know your teachers well. Get to know them.

12th grade

  • Submit applications 2 weeks before they are due.  
  • Choose your school among your acceptances!

That’s essays, activity and honor lists, ED and EA decisions, financial aid, finish scholarship applications… the list goes on.