Counseling: 9th Grade Information


Ninth Grade Information

1.     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. 

2.     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.

3.     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.

4.     Get involved in extracurricular activities to help develop time-management and enrich the school experience.

5.     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.

6.     Visit for some reasons to consider college and ways you can get help.