Information for Sophomores
* You are encouraged to request to meet with your school counselor to discuss your career and college goals, and talk about your four-year high school plan.
* Get Involved! Join clubs or athletic teams here at the school. Volunteer in the community. Take advantage of the opportunities provided to you; they look great on any type of application you fill out.
* Keep track of all you do in high school. Start a resume that includes: sports, activities, work and volunteer opportunities, leadership roles. The resume is a great tool you can use when seeking letters of recommendation. Teachers often ask for a resume or list of your high school involvement to aid in writing the letter.
* Continue self exploration by going to: vawizard.org
These websites include assessments that allow you to investigate your interests. They also provide education and career information that will be helpful when making decisions regarding your post high school plans.
Stay focused! Every year you are in high school your grades are recorded on an academic transcript that will be sent to the college(s) you apply to your senior year. It is really important for you to commit yourself to your schoolwork now because it could impact which schools you will be able to get into when it is time to apply your senior year and it could determine the careers available to you after graduation.
You Will Take the PSAT:
New Kent County Schools pays for all 10th graders to sit for the PSAT, which is given in mid-October every year. The PSAT is a practice SAT. The SAT is used by most colleges and universities as part of the entrance requirements. This practice gives you a chance to become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT. Anyone wishing to take Dual Enrollment math must have a qualifying PSAT or SAT score.
Investigate College(s) & Their Entrance Requirements:
* This includes 2 and 4 year colleges and universities, trade schools, apprenticeship programs, and technical schools.
* Attend open houses.
* Spring Break is a great time to visit schools. Ask your counselor for questions to ask college representatives.
*Taking on a rigorous program of study and excelling in it are two of the biggest factors in admissions to four-year colleges and universities. Do not choose the easiest options; raise the bar in your best subjects!
Plan to use your summer wisely. Anything that you do extra during the summer months looks good on both job applications and college applications. Investigate different work, volunteer, and summer courses available for you through your school counselor.
When signing up for classes at the end of your sophomore year make sure to take challenging courses in your core academic subjects. Also, make sure you are signing up for classes that will help you meet your graduation requirements.
Please do not hesitate to contact your counselor should questions arise as you prepare for your post high school plans. We can answer questions about what classes to take in high school, how to sign up for standardized tests, how to finance your education after high school, and much more.
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Who Is Your Counselor?
Last name begins with:
A-F Peggy Spiak 966-9693
G-N Kirstin Russow 966-9692
O-Z Pam Nixon 966-8507