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?
PSAT results and AP Potential
How did you score on the PSAT? CollegeBoard provides you with a personalized study plan.
Use your PSAT results to help you improve your score for junior year (the year that it counts for potential merit scholarships).
Third Quarter | Next Year's Class Registration/Course Request
Review your 4-year Academic Plan and 10th-grade course requests in Infinite Campus and make sure the two plans line up with your current goals.
Although it is an easy temptation, do not pick classes based on what your friends have selected. Select programs that interest you and that spark curiosity.
Discuss your course selections with parents/guardians/teachers/counselors. Ask the experts about classes – and the people that know you the best – what they would recommend for you. Plus, discussing your plans and goals with trusted people in your life can help hold you accountable.
Consider Taking Advanced Classes
Honors classes are college preparatory classes that allow you to accelerate your learning and begin to prepare you for college-level work. These classes will challenge your critical thinking skills. Learning solid time management skills will help you become more effective while taking on this added rigor.
Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
Advanced Placement classes are college-level classes. AP teachers must be approved by the College Board to teach the AP curriculum ensuring that all AP classes are equitable and meet college criteria. If you take an AP course, you will take an end-of-the-year AP exam in May. Depending on your score (1-5), and the school you plan to attend after high school, you can potentially earn college credit.
To learn more about earning college credit through AP exams, visit College Board or AZ Transfer for score equivalency guides, and visit What is AP? College Board Advanced Placement to learn about Advanced Placement courses and tests.
Dual Enrollment Classes
Dual Enrollment classes are college classes that you take in high school that allow you to pay community college tuition and get college credit at the same time. As long as you earn a C or better and pay the college tuition, you will receive the community college credit.
Speak with your Counselor if you would like information about possible financial assistance for a Dual Enrollment course and visit Maricopa Dual Enrollment for more information.
Continue Your Career Research & Exploring Post-Grad Options
Did you know that each high school has a Career Center Coordinator and/or College and Career Liaison that can help you think about options for life after high school?
They are great people to know and can get you better connected to opportunities like field trips, guest speakers, job shadows, college visits, etc. Take some time and go introduce yourself.
Meet Your High School Career Center Coordinator and/or College and Career Liaisons
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