West Hills High School

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

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 can finish this year and begin next year feeling prepared to make the best 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.  Be sure to start a language if you have not yet done so and consider meeting your Fine Art requirement next year. 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/F in an honors/AP class will stay in your GPA, even if you take summer school, because D/F grades in honors/AP can only be made up by taking the exact honors/AP class again (which we don’t offer in summer school).  Retaking the honors/AP class in summer school at the college prep level will meet college requirements but will not remove the D/F from the GPA.
Next school year…when you will be an 11th grader!!

Next school year…when you will be an 11th 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 they are a lot of fun!
  • 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 and/or ACT 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 testing accommodations, contact the testing agency directly.
  • 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!  Visit the scholarship page on the West Hills website.  Other great scholarship websites are Cappex and Fastweb.
  • 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!!!
  • Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse if you are interested in participating in college athletics.