Sophomore College Pointes
- Plan for the Year Ahead
- Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.
- Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
- Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
- Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
- Go to college fairs in your area.
- Consider Taking the PSAT/NMSQT®
- Sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT, which is given in October. Ask your counselor which date is offered at your school. Get free online PSAT/NMSQT practice.
- If you're taking the PSAT/NMSQT check 'yes' for Student Search Service® to hear about colleges and scholarships.
- Take the PLAN Test
- The PLAN® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts' high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.
- Prepare for Tests
- Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers.
- Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
- Learn about Colleges
- Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
- Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college.
- Visit colleges while they're in session.
- Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays
- Stay Focused
- Sign up for college preparatory courses. Consider AP® courses.
- Study for May AP Exams. Get free AP preparation.
- Explore Summer Opportunities
- Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position.
- Check with your counselor and search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges.
- Make the Most of Your Break
- Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
- Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
- Finalize your summer plans
ACE (Achieving a College Education)
- Nationally recognized program that targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a bachelor's degree (an achievable goal).
- The program is designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school through community college and on to a University and completion of a bachelor's degree.
- ACE students are high school juniors and seniors concurrently taking college courses while still attending regular high school.
- ACE students take classes on the South Mountain Community College campus in order to experience and acclimate to a college environment.
- Classes meet during the regular summer sessions and every saturday during the fall and spring semesters.
- Upon graduating from high school, an ACE student may have earned up to 24 transferable college credits.
EVIT (East Valley Insititute of Technology)
Is one of the best resources Arizona’s students have to guarantee themselves success. Upheld as a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education, EVIT provides students with the advanced skills and training needed to thrive in today’s competitive job market.
- What is EVIT?
The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) is Arizona's first Joint Technological Education District (JTED). EVIT is a public high school for high school students. EVIT also serves tuition-paying adults wherever space is available. EVIT was originally opened in 1991. The new campus and current campus opened in 1998. We just recently finished the construction of a new Health Sciences Center in 2007.
- Who Goes to EVIT?
Students in the 10th, 11th and 12 grades from Apache Junction, Chandler, J.O. Combs, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Higley, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe. Adult Education classes are also offered at EVIT, as well.
- When are classes at EVIT?
High school students attend their home school a half-day and EVIT a half-day. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.
- Adult Education classes are held in the evenings.
- How much does EVIT cost?
Tuition is free for students from all participating schools during the regular school day. Tuition may be charged for evening classes. For tuition information for adult students, call the Adult Education Department at (480) 461-4025.
- Is there Transportation available?
Free busing is provided by the home school districts for the morning and afternoon sessions. Students must provide their own transportation for all other sessions including summer school.
- Is it possible to attend EVIT and get college credit?
Yes, high school students enrolled in certain programs may obtain college credit while in the program here at EVIT. We currently have dual enrollment agreements with the following campuses: Chandler/Gilbert Community College, Gateway Community College, Mesa Community College and Scottsdale Community College.
- Do you offer Continuing Education for Adults?
A student is considered an adult if he or she has received a GED, a high school diploma, or has reached 22 years of age. Adults must pay tuition which is unique to each class.
Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) is a standardized test administered by the state of Arizona. It is Arizona's implementation of Outcome-based education. All students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 are required to take the AIMS test. High school students take the tests for the first time in the spring of their sophomore year. In order to graduate, a student must meet the standard in all four categories of the test which include Math, Reading and Writing and Science. If a student doesn't pass any one of the four tests then he/she can retake the test(s) in the fall or spring of their junior and senior year (5 tries altogether). Also if a highschool student is from out of state he or she is not granted augmentation if they do not pass. Information will be distributed by the testing coordinator as each test approaches as to where and when the test will be administered. All Sophomores must take the AIMS test.