Class of 2020 (10th Grade)
Meet with your school counselor. Work with your counselor to ensure that you are enrolled in college-preparatory courses. If you are an athlete, make sure your class selections meet the NCAA requirements!!!!
Consider taking Honors and AP courses.
Register for the PSAT/NMSQT*. The PSAT is the pre-SAT. It helps students determine how they would perform on the actual test. It tells the students how many and what type of questions they responded to correctly and incorrectly. The PSAT also qualifies students for National Merit status during the 11th grade year if students meet certain requirements. For more information log on to www.collegeboard.com/psat. The test will be in October.
Attend the Williamson County College Fair at Cool Springs Galleria!
Join a school team, club, or volunteer effort. Colleges look for a balance of academics and extracurricular activities.
Governor’s School: Governor’s School is a 5-week summer program for 10th and 11th grade students who are academically gifted and talented. Students must fill out the application, get recommendations, report their test scores, write essays, etc. One might go to Governor’s School for art, political science, humanities, international studies, science and more. If a student is selected, a scholarship is awarded to that student. The scholarship includes the tuition for the program and any accompanying fees. Parents are expected to provide spending money. The Counseling Center must receive all completed applications in advance of the state deadline to help ensure that applications are complete and for verification purposes. The deadline to submit the application for the Arts to counselors is TBD. The deadline for all other applications is TBD. Students who have been to Governor’s School before will not be allowed to apply.
Tour college campuses! 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 your child learn what to look for in a college.