Tenth Grade
College Timeline

  • Continue to do everything listed for ninth grade.
  • Take the most rigorous courses offered.  Push yourself; don’t take the easy route.  Plan to graduate on the Distinguished Achievement Program plan.  Earn the 25 credits you need to graduate plus complete four advanced measures— take dual credit classes and earn a 3.0 or higher in the class, earn a 4 or higher on AP exams, earn National Merit recognition, complete an original research project under the direction of a high school teacher and then have it judged by outside professionals.  You can combine these measures to earn the four measures for the DAP diploma.  About 10 percent of the senior class usually qualifies for this diploma.
  • Begin thinking about colleges or technical schools you would like to attend.  It’s not too early to begin looking at websites to learn what the admission requirements are, what kinds of college admissions exams the college requires, what scores they require on those exams; what the costs are, what financial aid is available and when you might visit the college.  Almost all colleges have visitation opportunities even if you are not a senior in high school yet.
  • It is imperative that you register and take the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test) in October of your 10th grade year.  You will register at Longview High School and take the test there during the school day.  Your score on the PSAT will not count this year, but the test will let you see what you have to do your junior year.  Taking this test lets you see what a college admissions exam will be like, and it’s not easy.  It may be a wake-up opportunity for you if you are not working hard in school every day and retaining the information and skills you are learning.
  • Update your résumé often—a list of all your school activities, community activities, church activities, honors, awards, volunteer hours and projects, work experience, technology skills, advanced courses you have taken.  Don’t leave out a thing.  Then when you are ready your senior year to compile a professional resumè to attach to your scholarship applications, you won’t need to try to recall all that information.  You will have it at our fingertips.
  • Visit the College Board website and register at www.collegeboard.org.  There is a world of free college information here.  You can also register for the SAT Question of the Day to be sent to your email box.  This is great practice for the SAT, and it will only take you about five minutes per day to answer the question, but it will be five minutes toward a good score on the test.
  • Plan to attend the Lobo Scholars Academy during the summer after your sophomore year.  This one-week academy is offered every summer during June at Longview High School and is taught by teachers who have received training specifically to get your ready for the PSAT your junior year when the score DOES count.  By attending this academy, you will be ready to make a good score in October of your junior year.  Remember the National Merit Corporation Scholarship Program begins with your Selection Index (SI=your score on the PSAT).  If you want to be named a National Merit Scholar, a Commended Scholar, or a National Achievement Award winner and earn scholarship money, then you need to score well on the PSAT.  The road to scholarship money starts in October of your junior year.
  • Continue to look for summer academic or volunteer opportunities.  Explore the possibility of job shadowing.  Don’t waste your summer doing nothing.

 

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