Counselors work with students throughout grades 9-12. While we don't typically have homework in Guidance, there are some important tasks that all students need to be aware of. Being prepared and ready for high school and beyond includes knowing what the Guidance department has to offer, and what students and families need to be prepared.
Below is a brief list of what you can do to best prepare yourself for the future as you complete each grade.
This creates a solid academic foundation, and helps you to build a good resume for future part time work and for your post-high school education.
- Be prepared for each class, do the assignments, take clear notes, learn how to study and ask questions.
- Do your very best and take your studies seriously. Everything counts now! Watch this important video about college preparation.
- Consider taking a World Language to prepare for four-year college options.
- Get involved in sports and extracurricular activities, and keep a record of your involvements.
- Make new friends.
- Build on your successes and address your weaknesses by getting extra help and by improving your study habits.
- Use Wisconsin Career Pathways and WisCareers to learn about how your interests can be used in different occupations and educational programs.
- Explore and visit technical schools, two and four-year colleges, military options and plan your schedule for the next two years to further meet the requirements for the programs in which you have an interest. This video about the UW System is a great way to start thinking about college.
- Take the PSAT in October to continue your college preparation.
- Consider taking Advanced Placement courses if you and your teachers believe you are prepared.
- Attend Sophomore Parent Night in January.
- Prepare for college admissions tests, typically taken in the Spring. The ACT is the most common admissions test used in Wisconsin, but most colleges will accept the SAT as well.
- Make plans to visit colleges and find out about financial aid and scholarships. Watch this great video about Financial Aid from the UW System
- Attend your Junior Conference in Spring and bring your parents.
- Complete a resume of your activities and accomplishments.
- Finalize college visits and retake ACT or SAT tests if needed.
- Finalize your college, scholarship resume. Share this resume with your counselor and teachers who may be willing to write letters of recommendation.
- Begin your college applications. It is adviseable is to complete applications by the end of October, but it is your responsibility to be aware of deadlines - every program is different!
- Stick with your academic preparation. Colleges will look at your final transcript to verify you completed a rigorous core of classes.