High School – Freshman

Grade 9

  • Say out loud “I am going to college”
  • Get involved in leadership activities at school and stay involved until graduation
  • Visit GoToCollegeNevada.org and www.college.gov regularly for college planning tips
  • Follow the Nevada College Readiness Standards – High school coursework should include algebra or geometry, English, social studies, biology, and a foreign language during freshman year
  • Know the eligibility requirements for the Nevada Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship, visit www.nevadatreasurer.gov/MillenniumScholarship.htm
  • Explore careers and education paths needed –Nevada Career Information System is a free and interactive website, visit nvcis.intocareers.org
  • Talk to a counselor about high school diploma options– Honors, Advance Placement, and International Baccalaureate
  • Explore the opportunities offered at community college high schools and dual credit programs – A student may graduate high school with college credits completed
  • Become familiar with college admissions requirements of various colleges – Attend a college fair
  • Set a goal for a high GPA – Each college has different GPA requirements and academic scholarships
  • Take the ACT EXPLORE assessment test to measure the skills and knowledge needed for college success
  • Draft a resume that includes activities, awards, community service, and other unique educational experiences – A helpful tool for writing scholarship applications
  • Increase family involvement in high school, such as attending open houses, sporting events, and fairs
  • Meet with high school counselors and teachers regularly about academic progress
  • Understand the federal financial aid process, visit www.college.gov
  • Continue to contribute to a college savings plan, visit nevadatreasurer.gov/CollegeSavings.htm