College Prep

Choosing a College

Ninth Grade

1. Begin mapping out your curriculum plan for all four years in the High School.

2. Take English, math, science, history, and foreign language classes; if appropriate, take Honors and/or Advanced Placement classes.

3. Pursue 2-3 extracurricular activities which you enjoy; also pursue those out-of- school activities which are important to you
(scouts,volunteer work, community service, dance, piano, etc.).

4. Become involved in leadership roles in your activities; take advantage of leadership opportunities available to you.

5. Begin to familiarize yourself with general college requirements; browse through catalogues in the Guidance Counseling Office and Library. Check out college web sites.

6. When possible, talk with college representatives who visit Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy.

7. Work hard in all of your classes. Read more. This will improve your PSAT and SAT scores!

8. Take the PSAT in October for experience with standardized testing and to evaluate your progress.

9. Make good use of your summer; get a summer job, go to camp or work as a camp counselor, travel, take a computer course, etc.

10. Make use of family trips and vacations to take a first look at colleges.

11. Parents: begin financial planning for college now! Don’t wait! Investigate college costs, savings plans, etc., and begin saving now!

Tenth Grade

1. Take English, math, science, history, and foreign language classes; if appropriate, take Honors and/or Advanced Placement classes.

2. Continue to pursue your extracurricular and leadership activities in depth – both in and out of school.

3. Get acquainted with college guides such as The College Board’s College Handbook; look up the requirements and standards of the colleges which interest you.

4. Begin to call or write those colleges for information and brochures.

5. Consider buying and using one of the practice books such as Barron’s How to Prepare for the SAT.

6. Take the PSAT in October for practice.

7. If you are a strong student, consider taking the College Board SAT II: Subject Tests in May in subjects you will complete this year (biology, chemistry, world history, etc.).

8. Again, make good use of your summer. You might wish to consider one of the summer programs for high school students offered by various colleges.

9. Talk with current college students and their parents – a great resource!

10. Keep on reading for pleasure! This will have an impact on your SAT scores!

11. Make good use of the resources available in the library.

Eleventh Grade

1. Continue to take strong college-preparatory courses and make sure your courses meet the requirements of the kinds of colleges you are interested in.

2. Make the best grades possible in the strongest courses you can handle! Your grades this year will determine your first official class rank which colleges will see. Many admissions decisions will be made based on your grades through the junior year.

3. Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This is the year it counts!

4. Continue to build a strong personal and extracurricular record through involvement and commitment to your school activities.

5. Take the ACT if you need or wish to.

6. In May take the SAT II Subject Tests in writing, math, and any science, history or language that you are completing this year.

7. Meet and talk with college representatives who visit Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy. Find out about many different types and locations of colleges.

8. Attend college night programs, college fairs, and college-hosted functions in Atlanta.

9. Check out colleges’ web sites and make good use of the resources available online and in the Guidance Counseling Office.

10. Be sure to get financial aid information from colleges.

Visit colleges during vacations and on weekends; good time are during fall break and during the first few days of Thanksgiving break.