Tenth grade is the time to start thinking about careers and majors, as students will start visiting colleges in their junior year. It's a good time to look at some of the college/career websites that we have listed below.
Tenth graders should attend the Career Expo in the spring, listen to the announcements for career camps and other career exploration programs, and continue to keep their grades as high as possible. Check out the useful links below.
When should students be taking SAT's, looking at colleges, applying to colleges?
Check out the College Preparation Checklist
That takes care of the "when" of PSAT's, SAT's and/or ACT's. Here's some information about "what" all these tests are:
If you are a student with a disability and would like to receive accomodations (ie. extended time, reader), you will need to fill out a Student Eligibility Form, which is available in the Guidance Office. We recommend that students fill out this form out at the end of their sophomore year. Go to http://www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html for more information.
Now it's time to start looking at colleges and majors....................
To start off with.... check out our Tips for a Better College Search handout....
Now.....Need to find out information about colleges? Want to take video tours of colleges? Interested in what actual students have to say about the colleges they attend? Want information about SUNY schools or financial aid? There are a lot of websites here that we feel are the best/ They have a lot of great information and they are easy to use! Check out Resources on the Web
What are colleges looking for?
It's important for students to know early on in their high school career which factors are important in college admissions. Keep in mind that a student's rank and GPA is calculated at the end of the JUNIOR year; High School courses taken in 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, and 11th grade courses are what make up the GPA and rank.
ECampus Tours is a great website with lots of articles about preparing for college. One of the articles, Factors Used in College Admissions is a must-read for every student early in their high school career.
The Career Crusing web site
One of the websites listed in "Resources on the Web" is Career Cruising.
This is a fanstastic website!!!! You can take an interest inventory. You can look up careers by school subject, work cluster, or aphabetically. There are multimedia presentations for all the careers. Each career has a description which includes working conditions, employment potential, a day in the life of this job, salary, etc. Also, each job has interviews with two different people who do that job. This is an incredibly useful, user-friendly, interesting website to use. It's never too early to start gathering information about careers.
The more you do as a freshmen, sophomore, or junior, the easier your life will be when you're trying to choose a major and college as a senior.
Go to: www.careercruising.com
Here is an information sheet with more complete directions for Career Cruising Information Sheet
Concerned about selecting a Major? Think you're the only one who has no idea which major to choose? Read our Selecting a Major handout.
Now it's time to go visit colleges, and hopefully Tips for a Better College Visit will help you get the most out of your trips to visit colleges.
It's important to keep track of all the activities you've taken part in throughout your four years of high school so that you can write a strong resume. You'll need this resume when you're applying for college and scholarships.
If You Are A Student Athlete
Please let you guidance counselor know when you first enter high school. There are certain courses that you must take in order to be eligible to play Division I or II sports in college or to get a sports scholarship. Some courses are not accepted by the NCAA, so we need to plan students' schedules carefully if we know they are planning on playing Division I or II sports in college. Click here for more information about College Athletics 101. Visit www.ncaaclearinghouse.net for more information.
What is Career Expo?
Career Expo is a program for 10th graders usually held in the spring. Students are taken to Binghamton University for half the day to hear three different career speakers of their choice. These speakers talk about what they do, what they like and dislike about their job, what the salary range is, how they got their job, etc. They also give students advice on getting jobs in different fields. This is a great opportunity for students to hear about different jobs and begin to formulate their own career plans.
Graduation Requirements: Graduation Requirements for Students Entering Grade 9 in 2011 and Beyond.pdf