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.
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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
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.
Research College Entrance and Applications
Now is the time to really dig into your college research (if you haven’t already started).
It is important that you understand the entry requirements for all of the universities or colleges that you are interested in applying to as they can vary from state to state. You also should begin looking at the applications to ensure you are aware of what you need to accomplish early senior year. Each college within a university may have its own additional GPA or test score requirements. Meet with your counselor or career center team to discuss what you plan to major in so they can help you be on track.
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.
Review Financial Aid Options
How will you pay for college?
Did you know there are grants, loans, scholarships and work-study programs available through the federal government?
Also, be sure to review the FAFSA information on THRIVE. You can now apply for the FAFSA as early as October of your senior year.
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.
Ready for a Challenge?
If you're already involved in clubs or activities, consider taking on a leadership role this year!
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
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