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Grade 9


Freshman Year

  • Begin to consider your academic goals and work with your academic advisor regarding your plan of study.
  • Learn time management skills and how to strike a healthy balance between your academic, extracurricular and personal commitments.
  • Explore ways to become meaningfully involved in school life.
  • Develop strong relationships with your academic advisor, teachers and coaches. Seek out a mentor who can help guide you through your high school years.
  • Reach out to other students and make new friends.
  • Stay healthy by exercising regularly and/or playing a sport.
  • Make time to read for knowledge AND pleasure.
  • Choose to take the most challenging courses that are appropriate for you. No one expects you to be equally strong in all academic areas, so be thoughtful in determining your choice of classes.
  • Meet the College Office! A meeting in the late spring will be held to introduce you to the College Counseling staff and to tell you about the integral role college counseling will play in your high school experience.
  • Use the summer productively. Try something new, brush up on a skill, visit a college campus or two, and pursue areas of genuine interest such as athletics, performing arts, volunteering, etc.


SMARTTRACKĀ® College Funding High School Initiative

Smarttrack College Funding

Most families are surprised to learn that with a little planning, they can significantly lower out-of-pocket college costs, maximize grants and scholarships, and minimize debt. 

We’re providing the SMARTTRACK® College Funding High School Initiative to assist our 9th-11th grade families with the financial piece of college planning. If you’re concerned that you won’t qualify for financial aid, haven’t saved enough, or don’t have an effective plan to cover the considerable costs of educating all your children, SMARTTRACK® can help.

Click here to create your complimentary account.