College Readiness

How to successfully prepare your high school classes for college.

HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC COURSES

 

9th GRADE

                                                               

ENGLISH

MATHEMATICS                                 

SCIENCE                                              

FOREIGN LANGUAGE                     

SOCIAL STUDIES       

 

10th GRADE

                                                              

ENGLISH

MATHEMATICS                                 

SCIENCE                                             

FOREIGN LANGUAGE                    

SOCIAL STUDIES       

 

11th GRADE

                                                             

ENGLISH

MATHEMATICS                                 

SCIENCE                                            

FOREIGN LANGUAGE                    

SOCIAL STUDIES       

 

12th GRADE

                                                              

ENGLISH

MATHEMATICS                                

SCIENCE                                              

FOREIGN LANGUAGE                    

SOCIAL STUDIES       

 

Recommended College Preparatory Mathematics courses include: two years of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus & Calculus

** Most colleges & universities require at least three years of mathematics

Recommended Laboratory Science courses include: General Science, Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry & Physics

** Most colleges & universities require at least two years of laboratory science

Recommended Foreign Language courses include: Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian

** Most colleges & universities require at least two years of one language

Social Science courses include: History, Sociology, Economics, Psychology, and Civics

Computer Skills

Virtually every college and university uses computers to support and enhance academic programs. Therefore, we recommend that students take at least one course in computer science or computer languages.

Most colleges & universities expect students to have completed at least 16 academic units during their high school experience.

The information provided above has been contributed by Dr. E. Mitchell, of Rutgers University’s Admission Department.

 

TO DO LIST FOR STUDENTS

9th Grade

Discuss your goals with your parents and counselor
Review your course selection with your counselor

10th Grade

Review your academic program to make sure you are on track for college
Gather information about colleges & universities
Remember to take the PSAT

11th Grade

Review your academic courses
See your counselor about your rank-in-class
Take the SAT or ACT (see your counselor)

12th Grade

Make sure you have at least 16 academic units
Submit all application for admission, financial aid and scholarships early

 

PARENT ADVICE FOR PREPARING YOUR TEEN FOR COLLEGE

9th Grade

Get to know your child’s counselor
Become familiar with child’s academic courses
Establish a routine of study, work & leisure & monitor it

10th Grade

Discuss costs & ways of paying for college
Attend parent nights and college fairs

11th Grade

Review & discuss academic courses and SAT scores with your child & his or her counselor
Help your child narrow college choices

12th Grade

Discuss final college choices with your child
Review all mail with your child to be sure that all applications and fees are submitted completely and on time

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