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9th Grade Checklist

Qualified Admissions

Graduation Requirements

Kansas Scholars Curriculum

NCAA

Language Arts (4 Years) – taken each year of high school

  • English I
  • English II or Advanced English II
  • English III, Advanced English III or AP English III
  • English IV or Adv. English IV or AP English IV

Math (3 years + ACT OR 4 years)

Algebra 1 or higher level

  • Geometry 1 Year
  • Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
  • College Algebra or College Algebra/Trig
  • Intro to Calculus or AP Calculus

ACT Math Score min. 22

Science (3 Years)

One must be Chemistry or Physics

  • Earth/Space/Physical
  • Biology I or  Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Chemistry or AP Chemistry or Physics

Social Science(3 years) – same as graduation requirements

Electives (3 Credits)

 

Other Requirements

GPA (minimum 2.0 in core classes)

21 ACT – FHSU, KSU, ESU, PSU, WSU

24 ACT – KU

 

 

Language Arts (4 Years) – taken each year of high school

  • English I
  • English II or Adv. English II
  • English III or English Skills III or Advanced English III or AP English III
  • English IV or Adv. English IV or AP English IV or Senior English

Math (3 Years)

  • Algebra 1A
  • Algebra 1B
  •  Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
  • College Algebra or College Algebra/Trig
  • Intro to Calculus or AP Calculus
  • Consumer Math

Science (3 Years)

  • Earth/Space/Physical + 2 additional science classes

Social Science (3 Years)

  • World History/Geography or Econ./Civics
  • US History
  • US Government

PE (1 Year)

Fine Arts (1 Year)

Other Requirements:

Electives (9 Credits)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Arts (4 Years) – same as Qualified Admissions Requirements

Math (4 Years)

Algebra I or higher level – Algebra taken in the 8th grade counts…

  • Geometry
  • Algebra II or Honors Algebra II
  • College Algebra or College Algebra/Trig
  • Intro to Calculus or AP Calculus

Science (3 Years)

  • Biology I
  • Chemistry or AP Chemistry
  • Physics

Social Science (3 Years) – same as graduation requirements

Foreign Language (2 Years)

Must be the same language

  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II

      OR

  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
  • Spanish for Spanish Speakers II

       OR

  • German I
  • German II

 

 

 

Language Arts (4 Years) – same as graduation requirements

Math (3 Years) –Algebra I and above

Science (2 Years)

Social Science (2 years)

1 year additional English, math or science

4 years of additional courses from any of the above areas, foreign language or journalism

 

Other Requirements:

GPA Core Classes (min. 2.0) = Partial Qualifier

GPA Core Classes (2.3) = Full Qualifier

*10 of 16 must be taken before end of junior year

 

 

Freshmen Check List

• Get to know your high school counselor; let them know your post graduation interests, goals and plans.

• Take the interest inventory, career search and skills assessment and start a resume on Career Cruising – get information from your counselor.

• GO TO OUR WEBSITE – www.usd428.net- High School -Guidance – for newsletter information; announcements and college visits

• If planning on attending college, enroll in college preparatory curriculum.

• Get involved in school activities (sports, clubs)

• Do your BEST work and get the BEST grades you can. Check your grades often and turn in your work on time. Your grades will be on your transcript and count toward college from now on. 

• Do not allow yourself to have ZERO’s on assignments. They are a grade killer.  See your teachers if you miss a day of school. You must go to THEM to get the work you missed.

• You must pass your classes this year to be a sophomore next year. If you do not get enough credits (6), then you will be a freshman again.

• Be at school EVERY DAY! 

• Volunteer in your community by doing service for others. This can include:  Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Big 

Brothers/Sisters, Nursing Homes, shovel snow/mow lawns, help out neighbors (remember, this is for free, no payment involved). This will help you on your 

scholarship applications your senior year. Get a suggestion list from your counselor.

• Start thinking about post grad plans and your career interests (use the info from Career Cruising you received). 

• Check to see if you’re on track for Board of Regents curriculum if you’re choosing to do so.

• Visit with colleges/technical schools and military that come to our school.

• Create a file folder of ALL documents that will help you your senior year. That includes transcripts, awards/honors, school and community activities you’re involved in, recommendation letters from teachers/community members, any correspondence from colleges/tech schools, dates of volunteer service, etc.

• Participate in career fairs whenever they are offered. TALK to business professionals and ask questions about what they had to do to get where they are and what they like/dislike about their jobs.

• VISIT WITH YOUR COUNSELOR (do you see a pattern here?)

 

Sophomore Year Checklist

• Take the interest inventory, career search and skills assessment and update resume on Career Cruising – get information from your counselor.

• GO TO OUR WEBSITE – www.usd428.net- High School -Guidance – for newsletter information; announcements and college visits

• Meet with your counselor to update your post graduation plan.  If planning on attending college, enroll in college preparatory curriculum.

• Take the PSAT in October.

• Get involved in school activities (sports, clubs)

• Do your BEST work and get the BEST grades you can. Check your grades often and turn in your work on time. Your grades will be on your transcript and count toward college from now on.

• Be at school EVERY DAY! 

• Volunteer in your community by doing service for others. This can include:  Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Sisters, Nursing Homes, shovel snow/mow lawns, help out neighbors (remember, this is for free, no payment involved). This will help you on your scholarship applications your senior year.

• Start thinking about post grad plans and your career interests (use the info from Career Cruising you received). 

• Check to see if you’re on track for Board of Regents curriculum if you’re choosing to do so.

• Visit with colleges/technical schools and military that come to our school.

• Do some ACT practice tests online so you’re ready when you take the test. See your counselor for an online website you can visit for practice.

• Continue adding to the file folder you started freshman year and include ALL documents that will help you your senior year. That includes 

transcripts, awards/honors, school and community activities you’re involved in, recommendation letters from teachers/community members, any correspondence from colleges/tech schools, dates of volunteer service, etc.

• Participate in career fairs whenever they are offered. TALK to business professionals and ask questions about what they had to do to get where they are 

and what they like/dislike about their jobs.

• VISIT WITH YOUR COUNSELOR!

 

Junior Year Checklist

• Meet with your counselor to update your post-graduation plan, review transcript and credits.

• Take the interest inventory, career search and skills assessment and UPDATE RESUME on Career Cruising – get information from your counselor.

• GO TO OUR WEBSITE – www.usd428.net- High School -Guidance – for newsletter information; announcements and college visits and other info.

• If planning on attending college, enroll in college preparatory curriculum.

• Take the PSAT in October which can qualify you for National Merit Scholarships. Review results when you receive them. 

• Stay involved in school activities (sports, clubs). Volunteer for leadership positions to help your resume for college applications and scholarships.

• Do your BEST work and get the BEST grades you can. Check your grades often and turn in your work on time. This year is important and you can make up ground if you need to and raise your grade point average.

• Be at school EVERY DAY! 

• Volunteer in your community by doing service for others. This can include:  Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Sisters, Nursing Homes, shovel snow/mow lawns, help out neighbors (remember, this is for free, no payment involved). This will help you on your scholarship applications your senior year.

• Make a list of colleges/technical schools you want to visit that match your interests and skills. Request information and visit them!

• Check to see if you’re on track for Board of Regents curriculum if you’re choosing to do so.

• Visit with colleges/technical schools and military that come to our school, then schedule visits to the campuses to see what is a good fit for you.

• Do some ACT practice tests online so you’re ready when you take the test. See your counselor for an online website & practice tests and tips you can use.

• TAKE THE ACT AT LEAST ONCE THIS YEAR!!!!!

• Continue adding to the file folder you started freshman year and include ALL documents that will help you your senior year. That includes transcripts, awards/honors, school and community activities you’re involved in, recommendation letters from teachers/community members, any correspondence from colleges/tech schools, dates of volunteer service, etc.

• Participate in career fairs whenever they are offered. TALK to business professionals and ask questions about what they had to do to get where they are and what they like/dislike about their jobs.

• Job shadow someone who does what you think you’d like to do (follow them around for a day).

• SEE YOUR COUNSELOR!

 

SENIOR Year Checklist

• Meet with your counselor to update your post-graduation plan, review transcript, credits and Board of Regents curriculum if you’re working towards that.

• Take the interest inventory, career search and skills assessment and update resume on Career Cruising – get information from your counselor.

• GO TO OUR WEBSITE – www.usd428.net- High School -Guidance -Financial Aid; Need to Know; COLLEGE VISITS; Local Scholarships and Other Scholarships– CHECK HERE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!

• Check with your counselor often to see if there are new scholarships available.  If you’re involved in sports and want to participate in athletics at a Division I or II college, you should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse after completing the 11th grade.  Registration is available online at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

• Stay involved in school activities (sports, clubs). Volunteer for leadership opportunities.

• Check your grades often and turn in your work on time; this is your last opportunity to raise your grade point average for college applications and scholarships. Be at school EVERYDAY! 

• Listen to announcements, read the newsletter sent home and keep the handouts that counselors bring to your classes about scholarships and college visits.

• Continue volunteering in your community by doing service for others. This can include:  Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Sisters, Nursing Homes, shovel snow/mow lawns, help out neighbors (remember, this is for free, no payment involved). This will help you on your scholarship applications your senior year.

• Contact and visit the colleges you’ve narrowed down to (3-5). Schedule a campus tour and visit with financial aid, admissions and academic advisors in the majors you’re interested in.

• Participate in career fairs. TALK to business professionals and ask questions about what they had to do to get where they are and what they like/dislike about their jobs. Job shadow!

• Register for the ACT early! Do some ACT practice tests online so you’re ready when you take the test. See your counselor for an online website you can visit for practice. Take the test again in October. Make sure test scores are sent to GBHS and the schools you are interested in.

• Continue adding to the file folder you started freshman year. That includes transcripts, awards/honors, school and community activities you’re involved in, recommendation letters from teachers/community members, any correspondence from colleges/tech schools, dates of volunteer service, etc. Use this information for your resume and scholarship applications.

• Fill out the FAFASA after January 1st of your senior year (www.fafsa.ed.gov).  Watch the deadline it is due (usually by March). Get a PIN for applying for federal aid online at www.pin.ed.gov.

• Make copies of everything you send (applications, scholarships, etc).

• Fill out scholarship applications on time.

• Ask teachers (current and past)/community members/ministers/family friends to fill out recommendations for you in a timely manner. Give them a LOT of time to do so. Give them a copy of your resume to help them along with an addressed envelope to whom it goes to (if it’s not a local scholarship).

• Attend the financial aid/senior meetings.

• Have a teacher or parent who is knowledgeable about writing read your admission essays and applications for any errors. 

• Apply to colleges. WATCH DEADLINES of colleges for applying and financial aid. Some schools are as early as October 1st of senior year.

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