Click here for the Sophomore Year Action Plan
Explore Naviance Student-- your online locker for academics and career information. There is so much you can do here.
1) Research colleges
2) Plan your high school courses
3) Take assessments
4) Discover careers that match your interests
5) Build a resume
6) Research scholarships and financial aid
And much more!
Keep your grades up. Colleges will accept you based, primarily, on sophomore and junior grades.
Continue to be involved on campus and/or get involved in some kind of community service or job. There are no specific number of hours required for community/extra curricular activities. But…colleges like to see a longer commitment to one activity instead of a couple of hours in a lot of different activities. Pick something you like or feel in important. Don’t do something because you think you have to do it.
Possibly take the PSAT in October at your school, if you want to have early practice with the SAT. The actual ACT & SAT tests are designed to be taken in the spring of your Junior year. I do not recommend taking prep in the summer before your junior year because you will not be taking the test for at least 6 months.
Take SAT II subject tests if you have taken AP World History, AP Biology or AP Chemistry.
Keep a log of all of your activities and awards in Naviance in the ”Resume” section under “About Me.
In the spring, choose courses for your junior year. Remember that your courses can have an impact on the types of colleges to which you can apply. Continue to challenge yourself.
- Example of a junior year courseload on track for a 4-year college:
- Lab Science (Chemistry or Physics)
- Algebra II/ Trig or Pre-calculus
- US History
- Language (3rd or 4th year)
- Possible elective within the “a-g” requirements
- Visual/Performing Art if desired or if needed (required for the CSU/UC system)