Preparing for College: 10th Grade

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Talk to your counselor each year to make sure you are taking the right classes. 

Of course, you'll have to meet your high school's requirements for graduation. But you should also think about taking courses that will help you get into college, like advanced or honor classes. 

Start by taking the basic classes:

  • English every year.
  • At least 3 years of math. Take Algebra and Geometry early in high school, freshman and sophomore years. Try to take advanced math your junior and senior years, such as Algebra II or Calculus.
  • At least 3 years of science, including Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics.
  • At least 3 years of social studies.
  • At least 2 years of foreign language. Many colleges require a minimum of years in foreign language.
  • Arts and computer science. Computer skills will make your success at college easier.
  • Take advanced classes, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes or honor classes when you can. This will challenge you and help you get to college. You'll increase your chances for scholarships and admission into the college of your choice. Plus, many colleges will give you college credit for passing advanced courses. This will put you ahead of the game in college, and save you money!
  • Extracurricular activities including summer programs, internships, jobs, and volunteering are also important.
  • Balance your schedule with electives that interest you. This may include art, music, journalism, computer, or business.

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