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The Path to High School Graduation and Beyond - 11th grade edition

 
The following is an action plan you and your family can follow to set you up to have any opportunity you desire after high school. We will revisit this plan each year, but we want to give you a game plan so you feel prepared to make the best choices to reach your goals.
 

What you should be doing now…

 
  • Practice good time management and study skills to keep good grades. Use a calendar to keep track of assignments & deadlines. Staying organized helps. Remember - every class counts!
  • Either get or stay involved with extracurricular activities, clubs, leadership roles and community service. These will help on college and scholarship applications and they are a lot of fun!
  • Look at and modify your 4–year educational plan to help you reach your goals for after high school. The counselors will help you with this through Career Cruising.
  • Attend our district’s Got Plans? College and Career Fair in October to start getting excited and interested in different colleges and careers. Attend other college fairs in San Diego too!
    Take the actual SAT (sat.collegeboard.org) and/or ACT (www.actstudent.org) in the spring. These are required for admission into 4 year universities. Consider taking some SAT subject tests as many colleges look at these scores as well – plan according to your current classes. ** If you need accommodations, contact the College Board for the SAT or ACT for the ACT test.
  • Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse if you are interested in participating in college athletics.
  • Start considering colleges and majors you are interested in and make a point to start visiting some campuses. It is important to get a feel for as many campuses as you can so start early!
  • Scholarship search time! Visit the scholarship page on the West Hills website and Ms. Murillo in counseling. Other great scholarship websites are www.fastweb.com and www.cappex.com.
  • Begin thinking about adults who would be willing to write letters of recommendation for you for college and scholarship applications. Plan ahead and ask early!!!

In the spring!!!

  • Choose classes for next year that will make you eligible for admission to a 4 year college right after high school. Make sure you meet your Fine Art requirement next year if you have not yet done so, as well as continuing in your Math, Science and World Language classes. Challenge yourself but be realistic as it is imperative that you keep all of your grades up to C’s or higher.
  • If you earned a D or an F in a class, make sure to sign up for summer school to retake the class.