High School Planning

High School Planning

West Carrollton Middle School
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424 E. Main Street
West Carrollton, OH 45449
Phone: 937-859-5121 ext 7700
Fax: 937-859-2780

Looking Ahead...High School and Beyond

Career/College Timetable
Grade 7

  • Start planning your secondary curriculum now, if you haven't already. Plan your schedule so you can fit in all the honors, advanced placement and college credit courses possible.
  • Talk to your counselor and parents about your goals for high school and beyond.
  • Work hard in all of your classes to prepare yourself well for college or post high school studies, especially in those classes that will count toward your high school diploma, Grade Point Average and class rank.
  • Choose at least one club or extracurricular activity in which you can become involved.

Grade 8

  • Attend the Miami Valley Career Technology Center field trip to learn more about what they have to offer, as well as explore career possibilities for the future.
  • Revise your goals and secondary curriculum plan with your parents and counselor.
  • Challenge yourself with rigorous classes where possible and continue to work hard in all of your classes.
  • Stay involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Explore and do research on careers that hold interest for you. Job shadow someone in that career.

Grade 9

  • Grades will be recorded on the cumulative record/transcript, including courses taken for HS credit in MS.
  • Get to know your counselor. Visit whenever necessary to help you adjust to high school.
  • Take advantage of services offered through guidance office.
  • Do well academically. Seek help whenever needed.
  • Participate in career exploration programs.
  • Attend college/career fairs.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities.

Grade 10

  • Continue to work and communicate frequently with your counselor.
  • Do well academically.  Seek help whenever needed.
  • Register and take the PLAN.
  • Go on the CTC field trip with your class in December.
  • Continue involvement in extracurricular activities.
  • Research careers related to your interest. Use resource materials available in the counseling office, library and online.
  • Consider technical education programs.
  • Attend college/career fairs.
  • Talk to people in the field of your interest and, if possible, visit them on the job.

Grade 11
  • This year's academic performance is very important. Make your best effort.
  • Register and take PSAT in October (optional) as well as the ACT or SAT in the spring.
  • Begin your college research.
  • Attend college/career fairs. Take advantage of summer experiences available for eleventh graders conducted at colleges and other educational institutions.
  • Frequent communication with your counselor is even more important this year.
  • Continue involvement in extracurricular activities.
  • Continue to research careers related to your interests.
  • Compare your ACT/SAT results with the required scores at colleges of interest to you.

Grade 12
  • Continue communication with your high school counselor. Create a list of all of your extracurricular activities, honors, service and leadership roles. Give a copy to your counselor for use in recommendations.
  • Maintain a solid academic performance. Colleges consider 7th semester grades (first half of your senior year) when processing applications for admission. Acceptance for admission is provisional, pending receipt of your final grades.
  • Prepare applications and get them to your counselor well before deadlines. Beware of early deadlines!
  • Retake the ACT or SAT if needed.
  • Attend college/career fairs. Take necessary tests required by colleges of your choice.
  • Visit colleges of interest you have identified. Get an interview with an admissions representative.
  • Talk with your counselor about post-graduation plans (college, job, military, etc.).
  • Meet with local recruiters about school and career opportunities if you are interested in the military.
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