• Junior Year Success Guide THRIVE Gilbert Public Schools

First Quarter

Why Your Junior Year is Important to Colleges

  • You are about to begin your most important year of high school. Your Junior year transcript is what gets sent to colleges/scholarship organizations at the beginning of your senior year. Put your best foot forward by showing progress and growth in your academic performance!

Check Your Credits

  • Are you on track with your credits?

    If you are taking six courses plus a lunch, at the end of your first semester you should have three credits. At the end of the school year you should have six credits, and so on.

    To stay on track for graduation without the need of summer school or online classes, you should be completing three credits a semester and six credits a year. How did you do?

Access to Your Student Accounts

  • Here are some helpful links and information about the accounts that you will be expected to know and use regularly as a student:  

    1. Student Google Account (via Rapid Identity Login) - You will use a Google/Rapid Identity account to login to any computer you use in high school. 
    2. Infinite Campus - Infinite Campus is where you can check your grades, see assignment calendars and check your credit progress. 
    3. Google ClassroomGoogle Classroom is the online tool used by Gilbert Public Schools to simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. Most of your classes will have a Google Classroom for assignments and activities. Teachers will provide you with a code to sign up for their class at the beginning of the year. Tip: Find all your Google Classrooms at https://www.classroom.google.com.


Junior Year PSAT Important Information

  • Important: Register for the PSAT – Remember, this year is the year that counts for the National Merit Scholarship qualification.

Register, Prepare & Take the PSAT/NMSQT® Test

Your College Search: Begin with Your Major/Career in Mind

  • When trying to figure out where your studies will take you after high school, start with your end goal in mind. College is not the end goal, it is a path to a career. There are a number of college search engines you can use to help you decipher the best course of study to get you to the career you desire. 

    College Board – Big Future Search


    College Confidential – School Search 

Ready for a Challenge?

  • If you're already involved in clubs or activities, consider taking on a leadership role this year!

Free/Reduced Lunch Application – for More than Just School Lunches!

  • Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may be eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams?

    Free and reduced-price meals are available to families who qualify. If your family chooses to apply, please fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application.  

    From the College Board:

    "The College Board fee-waiver service assists qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the SAT/SAT Subject Tests/PSAT/NMSQT/AP Exams. A student must be either enrolled in, or eligible to participate in, the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) in order to receive a fee waiver. Schools participating in new federal programs such as Community Eligibility may not be able to use the NLSP criterion to identify and verify individual student fee-waiver eligibility. However, several other criteria or indicators can still be used to confirm eligibility for fee-waiver benefits." 

    For more information, please speak with your counselor. 

    Accepting Your Fee Waiver Benefits

Last Modified on April 9, 2024