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High School Checklist

9th Grade (Freshmen)

Begin a Four-Year Plan

  • Talk to your counselor about graduation requirements
  • Become familiar with the UC/CSU a-g subject requirements
  • Work on your grades!  Aim for As and Bs in all of your classes
  • Start thinking about your academic and career goals.   Use the internet to do career searches to find your interests
  • Take PSAT 8/9

10th Grade (Sophomores)

Review your four-year plan.

  • Keep your grades up
  • Make preliminary inquiries about college - for college searches. California Colleges provides great information on CA colleges and universities.
  • Take the PSAT (pre-SAT) test in the fall.  This is required for all 10th graders.
  • Khan Academy Practice for SAT 


11th Grade (Juniors)

Interested in the military?  Not sure about what career to choose?  Take the ASVAB

12th Grade (Seniors)

Must have the SAT and/or the ACT  by December for UC/CSU admission

  • Turn in your Senior Resume to your counselor.   Read the scholarship bulletin.
  • CSU Application period:  October 1st to November 30th
  • UC Application period:  November 1st to November 30th.   Talk to your counselor to review your application before you submit !
  • Check each private school and out of state school’s websites for application deadlines and requirements.  Many colleges and universities use the Common Application.
  • Apply for Financial Aid. 
  • Attend the Financial Aid Workshop in October.
  • Complete and file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 2.  Make sure your counselor reviews your FAFSA application before you submit!