College Preparation for Students in Grades 9 - 11
What should I be doing to prepare for college?
1. Begin the college search process if not started already.
- Use spring break/summer vacation to visit colleges/universities and take campus tours.
- Attend the National College Fair at Seaside Park in the spring.
- Attend college info nights at the comprehensive high schools
- Peruse college search websites to narrow focus.
- If planning to go straight to a four year school, make sure you are on track with meeting the A – G requirements.
- Meet with your school counselor for further suggestions.
2. Take PSAT in the fall of your junior year and the SAT and/or ACT tests in the spring of your junior year and/or the fall of your senior year. Take SAT Subject tests in June (only if required for the major for which you plan to apply at UC campuses.)
3. Take rigorous classes and do the best you can.
- College GPA based on sophomore/junior grades only. They do look at your senior year so not a time to let up.
- If you have grades that are below a C in an A – G class, talk to your counselor about retaking classes.
- Eleven of your fifteen A-G classes need to be completed by the end of grade 11.
- Take advantage of honors and advanced placement classes and Ventura College offerings.
4. Build a resume that shows a well rounded student
- Student leadership, community service, speech and drama, awards, internships, sports, work experience, activities outside of school (such as Scouts, 4 – H) etc.
- Get involved in something that you are passionate about in your community.