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9th Grade

Freshman Year College Planning Checklist

Welcome to your high school years! You will now be transitioning into the rigorous classes you'll be taking the next few years. Keep in mind that the classes you take now and the grades you earn are taken into account for your graduation and college admissions. 
  • Meet with your counselor: Let them know what you may want to major in during college or what you want to do for your career. This way, your counselor can walk through your steps for the next 4 years. 
  • Pick the right classes: Make sure you enroll in the right classes to your capabilities, interest, and requirements. Explore different college-prep, AP, honors/enhanced, CTE, and elective courses and know which ones count for A-G, graduation, and CTE Pathways requirements,
    • AP: These courses are college level and will provide you with a GPA boost as well as course advancements when you get to college based on your AP test score.
    • Honors/Enhanced: These courses will be challenging and will provide you with a GPA boost while getting you ready for the AP courses.
    • ​A-G Requirements: There are specific courses that UCs and CSUs 
    • CTE: These technical classes are articulated with Riverside Community College and if you complete them with a B or higher, you will receive college credit.
  • Extracurricular activities: Get involved with sports, clubs, leadership classes, volunteer work, internships, etc. to show that you are a well-rounded student. Do this during the year and over the summer.
  • Utilize this website to plan out your next 4 years. There are so many resources available on this site, including a high school timeline, college information, financial aid, scholarships, career inventory, etc. 
  • Explore your interests and possible careers: Please see the links under "Resources" to explore various career options based on your interests and aptitude. 
  • Remember: Strive to earn a C or better. D grades are passing and will fulfill the graduation requirement but will not count for A-G college admissions requirements. F grades do not fulfill the graduation requirement and you will need to repeat the semester(s) you earned a F in. 
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