• 10th Grade: College Planning Timeline

  • For sophomore year, you will want to stay on track with your classes and activities. You can start thinking about, and narrowing down, some potential plans. Please use this guide as a reference throughout sophomore year. 



    • Take a PSAT
      • Taking the PSAT as a sophomore will help prepare you for the real thing next year. It also allows you to release your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them.
    • Stay on track with your courses
      • Work with your counselor to make sure you are enrolled in the courses you need to prepare you for college and/or a career. Move on to the next level classes in core subjects (e.g., English, math, science, history, and a foreign language).
    • Begin learning about the college admissions process
      • Get familiar with general college entrance requirements. Your counselor, the College & Career Center, and college websites are all useful sources of information. 
    • Continue exploring potential careers
      • Explore your career options in more detail. Research careers to learn about the tasks, education, and training necessary for each occupation. 


    • Take on new roles
      • If you have not yet joined a club, please Click Here to see a list of current clubs at Chaparral. If you are already involved, stay involved with your extracurricular activities and work toward leadership positions in the activities you like best. Become involved in community service and other volunteer activities, as well.
    • Read, read, read
      • Developing your reading skills will help prepare you for tests and make you a well-rounded individual. Read as many books as you can. Also, read the newspaper to learn about current affairs. 
    • Practice your writing
      • You will need proficient writing skills no matter what path you pursue, so work on those skills now to get prepared. Find a teacher or another adult who can advise and encourage you to write well.
    • Get advice from your counselor
      • Meet with your counselor to make sure you are staying on track. You can also discuss your PSAT scores. Ask about post-secondary enrollment options and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. 


    • Keep your grades up
      • There is probably a lot competing for your attention, but it is important to remain focused on doing well in your classes. Remember that your grades affect your GPA - a factor colleges consider in the admissions process. 
    • Consider taking the ASVAB
      • The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-choice aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. Interest in a military career is not required.
    •  Start your college search
      • Use our college search tools to decide what factors are important to you and see a list of colleges that match your criteria. Attend college fairs and read the material you get from all types of schools. You may see something you like!
    • Contact colleges that interest you
      • Write to schools and ask for more information about their academic requirements and any programs or activities in which you are interested. It is especially important to start this process now if you think you want to attend a military academy. 
    • Get a summer job
      • Finding steady summer work will look good for prospective colleges and employers. Putting the money you earn away for college will also help you get a head start on a personal savings plan. 


    Parents, Click Here to learn more about how you can help your 10th grader prepare for their future. 

    Source: Peterson's College Planning Timelines