West Hills High School

The Path to High School Graduation and Beyond - 10th grade edition

The Path to High School Graduation and Beyond - 10th grade edition

The following is an action plan you 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 can finish this year and begin next year feeling empowered to continue making the right choices to reach your goals.
 
What you should be doing now…

What you should be doing now…

  • Choose classes for next year that will make you eligible for admission to a 4 year college right after high school.  If you have not already taken Biology you will need to take it, and we strongly recommend beginning a World Language if you have not already done so to get you started on electives that meet admission requirements for 4 year colleges.  Level changes will require proof of an active student/teacher intervention plan so moving down from honors/AP will be more difficult.
  • If you earned a D or an F in a class, make sure to sign up for summer school to retake the class.
  • Finish this school year strong and make sure you keep your grades up to C’s or higher.  A D in an AP class will stay in your GPA, even if you take summer school, because D’s in AP can only be made up by taking the AP class again.  Retaking the AP class in summer school at the college prep level will meet college requirements but will not remove the D from the GPA.
 
Next school year…when you will be a 10th grader!!

Next school year…when you will be a 10th grader!!

  • 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 it is proven that students who are involved in school are more successful in school.  And plus…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.
  • Take the PSAT test in October.  This is a practice test for the SAT which is one of the required 4 year college admissions tests.  **If you need accommodations, contact the testing agency.
  • Scholarship search time! Visit the West Hills Scholarship page on our web site for a complied list of scholarships. Other great scholarship websites are Cappex and Fastweb.