Counseling: Grade Level Information
Grade Level Information
Student Services has provided specific grade level information for students and parents including course selection, college preparation, career planning, and standardized testing.
The most important thing in 9th grade is to earn the highest grade in each class possible. Because students are building their high school grade point average (GPA) and these grades are recorded on their permanent high school transcript, it is essential that students do their best.
Begin logging volunteer work—whether it be Relay for Life, coaching in the summer, or projects through youth group, these experiences will be very beneficial when applying for scholarships or writing college essays. Also include any awards, academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and science.
Have your child meet with the counselor and make sure that he or she is enrolled in college-preparatory courses, and is on track for Advanced Placement. The counselor can also assist with career planning and college exploration.
Get involved in extracurricular activities to help develop time-management and enrich the school experience.
If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel opportunities to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if there is no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you and your child learn what to look for in a college.
Visit www.college.gov for some reasons to consider college and ways you can get help.
Top 10 Most Important Things for Sophomores to Know:
Stay focused on your grades and be sure you know your Grade Point Average (GPA). Remember that each high school course you take will be listed on your transcript along with the grade you receive in each course. Your transcript is one of four primary sources of data that colleges will use to determine your eligibility for admission. Colleges want to see that you chose to take rigorous courses and that you earned good grades in those courses. The other three important sources of data colleges will look for are your ACT (or SAT) score, your extracurricular activities, and your personal statement.
Make up lost credit now if necessary. If you have lost credit in one or more courses, you should speak to your counselor as soon as possible about when and how to make up that credit. Once a student loses more than three credits, he/she is considered to be NOT on track for graduation. GLHS offers several ways to recover lost credit - see your counselor soon to get yourself back on track to graduate with your class.
Get involved! It is important to get involved with at least one or two clubs or activities inside or outside of school. You will have fun connecting with others who have similar interests. You may also (hopefully) have an opportunity to take a leadership role within those organizations- something colleges will look upon favorably.
All sophomores will take the ACT- PLAN in October. The ACT PLAN is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years. PLAN serves as the midpoint measure of academic progress in ACT's College and Career Readiness System.
Consider taking the PSAT exam in October. It is good practice to sit for the PSAT exam this year, even though you cannot qualify for the National Merit Scholarship awards until your junior year. The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
- Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
- See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
- Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
- Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
- Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
- See your counselor for more information about registering for the PSAT.
Choose 10th and 11th grade courses carefully. Remember that rigor is important. You also want to choose courses that are related to your future career goals if possible.
Start researching careers and colleges online. An excellent resource, visit Career Cruising through PowerSchool.
Start visiting colleges! It’s never too early to start visiting college campuses. Be sure to call the admissions office of the college prior to your visit, as there may be a special event or group tour taking place around the time you plan to be there. You will also probably learn more about the college if you have the opportunity to meet with someone from the admissions office. Even if you think you know where you want to attend college, it is still a good idea to explore all of your options by visiting schools with small, medium-sized and large student populations.
Attend Dr. Frank Bernier’s College Planning 101 seminar in the fall. Dr. Bernier has a wealth of information to share with students and parents/guardians about anything and everything related to the college admissions process. He visits many of the local area high schools, including GLHS, and offers this seminar free of charge. This event is highly recommended by our counseling office!
Attend the Lansing Community College Career Prep Center Visitation Day in December. You have an incredible opportunity to attend the Career Preparation Center as a junior and/or senior! See your counselor or go to http://www.eatonisd.org/schoolservices/careerprep/ to discover the many programs LCC has to offer. The application deadline is in February. See your counselor for more information about the application process.
Check the announcements for college admissions and meet with the representatives during lunch that are visiting.
Start visiting colleges on the weekends.
Sign up to take the PSAT by Oct. 1st with Mrs. Dohm. It cost $17 in 2013.
Attend LCC College Night West. Information can be obtained on www.macrao.org.
Sign up for a practice ACT workshop. Visit ACT.org for the question of the day. They also have a free practice test online.
If you are planning on playing sports in college, review the NCAA eligibility requirements at www.eligibilitycenter.org
Make sure you work hard to achieve the best grades possible. Remember you apply to college after your 11th grade year.
Review your PSAT score with your counselor. Prepare for upcoming ACT/SAT tests.
Research colleges and universities; review their entrance requirements and grade point average guidelines.
Explore career options: College, Military, and Technical Training.
Sign up in the counseling office to listen to a presentation and/or view a DVD on the career preparation center program in early December. www.eatonisd.org EISD Career Preparation Center Office 517-483-9966
Visit the Eaton ISD Career Preparation Center at LCC West Campus in December. If you are interested in a progam return the application and your Grand Ledge High School driving form to your counselor in early February.
Sign up to listen to the Capital Area Healthcare Education Partnership presentation in the counseling office in December/January. Attend the CAHEP presentation in January. 517-364-3115
Review your transcript with your high school counselor.
Review your transcript with your counselor to ensure you are meeting the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements and plan your classes for your senior year.
Learn your college program requirements.
Sign up for a dual enrollment course your senior year.
Sign up to test out of a class.
Sign up for summer school in May.
Ask your teachers for letters of recommendation.
Summer before your senior year
If you are playing sports in college, register with the NCAA eligibility center.
Send in your college applications after your transcript is ready.
Attend summer school if you need to make up credits or take a correspondence course.
12th Grade / Graduation Information
CLASS OF 2017
Thursday May 1st, 2017 - College Decision Day
Thursday, May 4th, 2017 - Submit your photos for the senior slide show which will be shown on Spartan Vision at Graduation. Firm deadline is Thursday, May 4th to allow the inclusion of prom photos. the guidelines are:
- Photos must be of G.L.H.S seniors only, groups of 2 or more students in a photo are preferred
- Submit high school age photos, nothing prior to 9th grade.
- Email to email@example.com, no hard copy photos will be accepted.
- Photos must be school appropriate
Monday, May 15 2017 - Mandatory Senior Meeting @ 11:00 am (25 minute meeting)- HIgh School Auditorium click here to review the letter Senior Parent.
Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 - Senior Awards Ceremony @ 8:30am - 11:30am - High School Auditorium (Accomplishment Cards are due Thursday, May 18th).
- All seniors and parents are invited.
- All students will be recognized. Students who wish to be a part of this ceremony Must turn in an Accomplishment Card at the Student Services Office by Friday, May 19. Students must dress appropriatley (no shorts, jeans, tennis shoes or flip flops) and meet in the new gym at 8:00 a.m. Bring your graduation gown as they are worn during the ceremony. Caps are not worn at this event.
Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 - Senior Oscars Night @ 7:00pm. - High School Auditorium - Fun award show that showcases senior talent and mock awards for the Class of 2017. Admission $5.00 per person.
Wednesday May 24th, 2017 - Please clean out your locker.
Friday May 26th, 2017 - Last Day of School is (1/2 day). All books must be turned in by and any perosnal items left in your locker after May 26th will be disposed of.
Friday June 2nd, 2017 - Graduation Ceremony @ 7:00pm - 9:30pm ALL GRADUATES MUST BE AT THE BRESLIN TUNNEL AREA BY 6:15 pm IN THEIR CAPS AND GOWNS READY TO LINE UP!
The following Breslin Center gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for all guests:
Southwest Harrison (former Gate C)
Northwest Kalamazoo (former Gate D)
Northeast Kalamazoo (former Gate A)
- Admission is free; there is no limit on the number of guests per student.
- Seating for genral audience on the concourse level. All seating is on a first come/first served basis-there are no seating reservations.
- Platforms 135, 104,106, 111, 113 and 115 are open for handicapped audience accommodations. Those wishing to be seated in a platform will need to check in at Guest Services for an admittance voucher
Click here for directions to the Breslin Center ( The Breslin Center is currently undergoing renovations, which has necessitated the closing of the parking lot on Harrison Road )
Click here for Senior Exam & Graduation Information
Final Transcripts - All seniors are required to send their final transcript to the college they will be attending. Final transcripts will not be available until approximately June 23rd. Students are welcome to log into their Parchment account now to rquest their transcript be forwarded to their school of choice; when placing your order it is important that you select " Hold For Grades", which will indicate tha you want your final transcript mailed in late June.
Read the daily announcements – available on the district website and posted on the bulletin board outside the counseling office
Attend all senior meetings
Stay focused on academics – ALL YEAR
Request a copy of your transcript to every trimester to review
Make sure you are meeting the requirements of the MI Merit Curriculum (MMC) – refer to the “Graduation” category for details
Complete the “Senior Information Form” for Ms. Woodworth – blank forms are available in the counseling office. The information is used for college admissions and scholarship applications.
Update your Educational Development Plan (EDP) on Career Cruising – your username and password are available in the counseling office
Discuss options of job shadowing, work experience, co-op
Attend college night events – “College Night West” at LCC, October – specific dates are available at www.macrao.org
Plan to talk with college admissions representatives during lunches
Visit college websites
Visit college campuses
Complete college applications – before October 15 – refer to the “College Planning” category for the process
IF you plan to participate in sports in college, register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association – www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
Read the daily announcements
Inquire at outside sources – employers, clubs, organizations
Do an internet search – such as through: www.meritaid.com or www.fastweb.com
Discuss options with the financial aid office of the college you plan to attend
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – go to: www.fafsa.gov for details. Attend “College Goal Sunday” at LCC West in February – a free workshop to answer questions about the FAFSA and financial aid, in general.