Study for your finals! Your finals can be as much as 20% of your final grade, so study and take them seriously.
See if your school has special study sessions to work with your peers and tutors.
AZCIS Reality Check
It is never too early to start thinking about life after high school and the costs associated with it. Take this quick reality check to put things in perspective. Then thank your parents/guardians for everything they do to support you.
Logging into AZCIS is easy - Login to Rapid Identity and click on the AZCIS icon > Assessments > Reality Check
Sign up for the ACT and/or SAT
How do I sign up?
Please Note: ALL 11th grade GPS students will have the opportunity to take one ACT test on March 24, 2020 at their high school without outside registration or fees.
If you'd like to take an additional ACT test outside of the Junior Year GPS date register below directly with ACT.
What if I can’t afford the fee? Don’t worry, there are waivers available to those with financial need. See your Student Advisor for further information about your situation and what you qualify for.
Please Note: Do you qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch? If so, you may be able to claim your SAT Fee Waivers through your College Board account or learn about ACT Fee Waiver Program.
Do I need to take both tests? The answer to that is mostly dependent upon the university you plan to attend, but here is a good comparison of the two exams. It never hurts you to take both.
You should not just roll out of bed on the Saturday morning of the exam and "give it your best shot".
These tests require preparation.
For online resources, Khan Academy is the official study guide for the SAT, while OpenEd has a similar free platform to help you prepare for the ACT. Outside companies also offer test prep courses for a fee that will cover the content of the exams plus test-taking strategies. You can find information for these offerings in your counseling office and career center.
Don’t waste your summer, make it count!
Consider volunteering and attending a summer program. There are tons of options for summer programs, many of which are inexpensive or even FREE. Check with your Counselor and Career Center for listings based on your areas of interest.
Read, and then read some more!
Pick up a library card from your local library. Public Libraries have programming all summer long as well as plenty of books to read or listen to. Continue to develop your vocabulary, reading speed and comprehension. These are all crucial skills to help you be more successful.
Don’t like reading? You probably haven’t found the right book. Talk to a librarian about your interests and see if they can recommend something for you.
Don't forget to make your SMART goals.
Spend some time thinking about your dreams, interests, and aspirations. Then write them down and share with someone. Writing and sharing your goals makes you more likely to actually achieve them. Here is a worksheet to help you see if your goals are SMART.
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.
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
Ready for a Challenge?
If you're already involved in clubs or activities, consider taking on a leadership role this year!
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.
Upcoming Scholarships & Deadlines
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