Prepping for the Future During the Holidays

Students, during holiday/winter break, take advantage of your time by working on some of the following items. Students need to continue moving forward, even throughout this time of the year.

8th Graders:

  • Prepare to meet private high school application deadlines.
  • Explore some interest areas, and brainstorm how these might be applied in clubs, service projects or other hands-on experiences, which is great practice for high school.

9th Graders:

  • Review challenging content if you are taking finals after winter break.
  • Go over any challenging content from last semester because it will likely carry over to the next semester.
  • Write down ways to become more involved in school and in your community.
  • Research and apply for summer programs – it is never too early to prepare.

10th Graders:

  • Review challenging areas from the previous semester (or current if finals are after the break).
  • Use the break wisely and get ahead in studying, especially for those taking AP classes.
  • Research and apply for summer programs – it is never too early to prepare.
  • Think critically about coursework for next year and have a family discussion about a balanced plan.

11th Graders:

  • Study for any AP classes and review for SAT/ACT exams, which may be taken in the next few months.
  • Take advantage of this last opportunity to explore interests in careers and college majors.
  • Explore pre-college programs, apply for a summer program to learn a skill or take a class to discover an interest. This is also good practice for applying to college because some applications require letters of recommendation, test scores and submission of transcripts.

12th Graders:

  • Finish any required essays for private universities. Avoid waiting until the end of December or the end of January in some cases.
  • Apply for scholarships or review any key details from your accepted colleges.
  • Be sure to submit SAT/ACT scores on time and follow up on any requests made by colleges, such as transcripts or financial aid documents.
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