Keep Your Grades Up
Aim for a 3.0 GPA or better.
Update Your High School Course Planner
Build and update a four-year college and career readiness plan to achieve your high school goals.
You can create plans based on careers you'd like to try, graduation requirements, and more. This is a living, changing document so don't get caught up feeling locked into your first draft. Your advisor will work with you to make plans for the education or training you need for your career choice.
Login to Infinite Campus > Academic Planner
Register, Prepare & Take the PSAT/NMSQT® Test
Listen to the announcements at your school for sign-up instructions to register, prepare, and take the PSAT/NMSQT® test.
Be Prepared – Free PSAT questions and test practice to help you prepare yourself for test day.
After you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you can get a free, tailored practice program for the SAT—based on your personal test results—through Khan Academy®.
You also get free access to the Roadmap to Careers online tool from Roadtrip Nation to explore majors and careers that reflect your interests.
Important: Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before, eat breakfast, and dress in layers so you can be comfortable if the testing room is hot or cold.
Explore the world and prepare to THRIVE!
Take assessments to discover your interests!
How well do you know yourself? Career assessments help you identify your interests, skills and values, and match them to occupations. Assessments do not tell you what you can or cannot be, but you can use assessment results to help you make career plans and influence what courses you choose to explore in high school.
AZCIS Assessments – (Note: These are accessed through your Rapid Identity/Clever Accounts):
AZCIS Career Cluster Inventory – Find out which career clusters match your interests and view the occupations in those clusters.
AZCIS Interest Profiler – Find out which work areas match your interests. View the occupations in those work areas.
Research your careers and post-grad options.
Check out the two items below to help you get started...
ASU me3 – Most students change their major in college at least once, and generally several times. This app will help you explore now to get a head start on planning for your future and what you can do to make it happen!
College Fair or Tours
Attend a college fair or request a campus tour!
Attend the NACAC College Fair (National Association for College Admission Counseling) at the Phoenix Convention Center! Don't miss this opportunity to meet with representatives from hundreds of colleges throughout the nation.
Attend the Mesa Public Schools College Fair – this annual event allows you to meet college reps, and learn about out of state, in state and community college programs and campuses. Over 100 colleges, and high school programs are represented at the Mesa Public Schools College Fair.
College Fair Tips – Use these tips from NACAC to make the most out of the experience.
Why should I pre-register? Provide your information one time through a simple, online registration page instead of dozens of times on prospect cards at each college table.
Finish the Semester Strong & Study for Your Finals
Keep up your good study habits! If you are struggling at any time: 1st-Consult your teacher, 2nd-Seek tutoring assistance, and 3rd-Consult your Counselor.
Take advantage of any teacher or school-wide study sessions. Do not wait till the very last week to get help in a subject you may be struggling with. If you feel like a class is particularly easy for you, help out a friend and be a tutor. Teaching peers can only help solidify learning the material for you, too.
Get & Stay Involved!
Want to find ways to get involved? Keep a lookout for your school’s club fair!
It is always a good time to get involved on your high school campus. There are clubs for everyone ranging from coloring clubs, K-pop, volunteer/service, mentoring, equality and many more. Also, every CTE program has a student organization as do all of the performing/visual arts and sports teams.
GPS High School Clubs & Activities
Meet With Your Counselor
Make an appointment to introduce yourself and discuss any questions you may have with your counselor today!
Your Counselor can help you with much more than just schedule changes!
GPS Counseling Departments
SMART Goals Worksheet & Information
A Brief Guide to SMART Goal Setting!
A SMART goal is a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. In other words, a goal that is very clear and easily understood.
The goal must clearly state what is to be achieved, by whom, where and when it is to be achieved. Sometimes it may even state why that goal is important.
Measurability applies to both the end result and the milestones along the way to attaining a goal. It answers the question of quantity – how much, how often, how many? The milestones are signs along the way that will tell you that you are on the right track to achieving your goal.
You should ensure that the goals you set are achievable. You must believe that you can manage to do what you are setting out to do. If you set goals that are unbelievable even to yourself it is very unlikely you will achieve them.
Your goals must be relevant to what you want to achieve in the short term and the long term.
This sometimes overlaps with the goal being Specific, but it aims to ensure that you put a time-frame to your goals.