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Sophomore Academic Checklist


  • Keep those grades up!
    • You might have a lot going on this year, but it's important to stay focused on your schoolwork. 
  •  Sign up for a college savings account or continue to add money to an existing account.
    • Talk to your parents about financial aid options. It's a good idea to start talking about how you're going to pay for college.
  • Continue your conversations with your guidance counselors, teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for college or other paths towards a career.
  • Find out about AP and other honors-level courses for junior year
  • Update your college planning file — or start one, if you haven't already.
  • Continue extracurricular activities.
    • Remember, many admissions officers look for well-rounded students who participate in the world around them.
  • If you have room in your schedule, consider a part-time job or volunteer position.
  • Look into participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and sciences.
  • If you plan to take the SAT, take the PSAT in October.
    • The scores will not count for National Merit Scholar consideration this year, but it is good practice for taking the PSAT in your junior year (when the scores will count).
  • It's not too early to start studying for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT.
    • A great place to start is with the Test Prep section.
  • Investigate your options for participating in concurrent enrollment next year.
    • This allows juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses if they meet certain requirements.
  • Make a list of reasons why you like different colleges and universities — programs, location, cost and so on.
  • Start thinking about what factors are important to you in choosing a college:
    • size, location, availability of extracurricular activities, for example.
  • Keep reading!
    • Expanding your vocabulary and learning new things will help with many things over the next few years.
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