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Sunday, January 31, 2010

College Prep 101 - 8th Grade

All 8th grade planning steps are shown.
College Planning steps are highlighted.

Counselors, teachers, parents and friends are all good sources of information.
Ask them any questions you have about college, in addition to doing research on your own.
Study hard!
Make sure you use good study habits and keep your grades up.
Start saving for college.
You might want to consider signing up for a college savings account.
Start thinking about the courses you'll take in 9th grade and select a Peach State Pathway program of study.
Explore career interests, then link to post-high school options including technical college, military, apprenticeship, and two-year and four-year colleges.
Be aware of transitional programs planned at the local high school and middle school to help you navigate from middle school to high school. This is a critical step and you will need information to make good decisions.
Find out about academic enrichment programs, including summer and weekend programs, available through your school or local colleges.
Don't forget about extracurricular activities like sports, performing arts, volunteer work or other activities that interest you.
Investigate Advanced Placement (AP) and other honors-level courses you can take in high school to help you prepare for college or earn college credit. Explore post-secondary credit opportunities including college, technical schools, special purpose schools, apprenticeships, and the military related to your selected career interest.
Check your CRCT scores to evaluate your skills in English, math, reading and science reasoning. It's good practice.

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