9th Grade Planning Checklist

9TH grade

  • Keep up your grades and continue good study habits
  • Talk to your counselor about:
    • Education plans past high school
    • Taking college prep courses
    • Your high school courses reflecting your career plan
    • Concurrent enrollment options
    • Completing the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR)
  • Review general college admission requirements
  • Attend College Fairs
  • Begin to think about and talk to your parents about a college financing plan
  • Balance your school work with activities that help you explore your interests, practice time management, learn new skills and contribute to your community
  • If your family vacation takes you near a college, stop and visit to get a feel for a college campus
  • Apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF)
  • Start your search for scholarships-some are available as early as your 8th & 9th grade years
  • Register and take the PSAT (October)


  • Talk to your child about his or her interest and help match those interests with a college major and career
  • Monitor your child’s grades and arrange tutoring if necessary
  • Attend College Night
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