Prepare for College - 9th Grade

Welcome to high school! Although you have four years until graduation, it's never too early to start thinking about college. Learn how you can use this first year to build a strong academic foundation that will carry you into your future. 

What You Can Do as a 9th Grader

  • Begin thinking about career possibilities.  Discuss ideas with your family and friends and use the internet to investigate your interests to determine if they could turn into a career.
  • Keep your grades up.  This is the first thing that colleges will be looking at to evaluate academic performance.
  • Volunteer in the community.  A great place to start may be your family church, school clubs and other civic organizations.  Leadership is a defining quality that will be important throughout your entire life.
  • Start saving for college.  Speak with your parents about setting up a savings plan designated for your college expenses.