Making High School Count

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Keep
Your
Options
Open
MORE EDUCATION Can Equal MORE INCOME
Here are some general
ways you can prepare
for WHATEVER
the future holds.
Take the RIGHT COURSES!
 2/3
of 8th graders plan to finish
college, but only 1/3 plan to take
college prep courses in high school.
 Without college prep courses,
YOU CANNOT ENTER COLLEGE.
High School Courses
ACT Recommends
English
4 years
 Mathematics
3 years (algebra and above)
 Natural Science
3 years (with lab experience)
 Social Science
3 years
 Foreign Language 2 years (of the same language)
 Other—visual arts, music, theatre, drama,
computer science, etc.

Take control—
Learn to be a
Good
Student
 Sit
close to the front of the
classroom.
 Join in class discussions.
 Ask questions.
 Keep up with class
assignments.
 Ask for help when necessary.
And...
 Look
for ways to sharpen basic
skills.
 Learn keyboarding.
 Learn to take good notes.
 Learn to correct/revise written work.
 Develop test-taking skills.
Use Time
Outside
of School
Wisely!
 Develop
habits that will lead to
success.
 Find a quiet place to study.
 Plan a daily homework schedule.
 Ask family or friends to read
your written work.
Also...
 Use
the local library.
 Read newspapers and magazines.
 Look up unfamiliar words in a
dictionary.
 Talk with family and friends about
career plans.
Start
thinking
about the
FUTURE
When thinking about college...
Make an appointment with your ACCESS
Advisor.
 Make a list of interesting schools and
gather information about them.
 Visit campuses, apply for admission
and financial assistance.
 Make a college decision.

When considering serving in
the Armed Forces...
Visit with friends, neighbors, and relatives
who have served.
 Study military literature and compare
training opportunities.
 Arrange visits with recruiters.
 Compare benefits, tour of duty,
training, etc.

When considering employment
right after high school...
Explore any special abilities and interests.
 Study materials about resume writing.
 Visit with people working in interesting
occupations.
 Become familiar with employers
in the area.
 Learn about vocational/technical
programs available in high school.

College is an option!
Financial
help
will be
available.
Try to save even a small amount
each month.
 Work hard for good grades/test
scores for scholarship consideration.
 Learn about the types and sources of
financial assistance available.
 Attend financial aid programs when offered.
 Apply for financial assistance during the
junior and senior years through your ACCESS
Advisor.

GET HELP
(and your questions answered)
When You
Need It
Always start
with your
ACCESS Advisor!
Remember!
The choices you make now
will affect the choices
you will have for
the rest of your life.
Make High School
COUNT!
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