CLASS OF 2019
10th grade program information
- Starting last school year, for students entering high school in 2015-2016 school year. The State of North Carolina changed the way courses are weighted across the system.
- Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weighting for Honors courses shall be one-half (.5) of a quality point.
- Effective with the freshman class of 2015-16, the weight for AP/IB courses shall be one (1) quality point.
- The state weighting system adds the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in community college courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and for courses taught at four-year universities and colleges.
Action Plan: High School Sophomores
Fall / Plan for the Year Ahead
- Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, history, math, science, and a foreign language.
- Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
- Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
- Use College Search to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
- Go to college fairs in your area.
- Consider Taking the PSAT/NMSQT®
- Sign up for the PSAT/NMSQT, which is given in October. Ask your counselor which date is offered at your school. Get free online PSAT/NMSQT practice.
- If you're taking the PSAT/NMSQT check 'yes' for Student Search Service® to hear about colleges and scholarships.
- Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers.
- Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
- Learn about Colleges
- Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
- Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you'll need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal. Talk to your parents about financing college.
- Visit colleges while they're in session.
- Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays.
- Sign up for college preparatory courses. Consider AP® courses.- BUT stay BALANCED!! Too many AP's or honor's can mean, trouble up ahead!
- Study for May AP Exams. Get free AP preparation.
- Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position. Enjoy finding out who you are becoming.
- Check with your counselor and search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges.
- Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
- Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
- Finalize your summer plans. Learning how to balance school, a part-time job, volunteering and excercise will help you to manage a healthy lifestyle early on.
- Check out school/district websites