To Do:

  • Take challenging classes in core academic subjects. 
  • Work with one of your parents to estimate your financial aid using FAFSA4caster and be sure to save for college.
  • Get involved in school- or community-based activities that interest you or let you explore career interests. Consider working, volunteering, and/or participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts, or science. Remember—it’s quality (not quantity) that counts.
  • Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s career search tool to research your career options.
  • Start a list of your awards, honors, paid and volunteer work, and extracurricular activities. Update it throughout high school. 

To Explore:


To Do:

  • Talk to your child about college plans as if he or she will definitely go to college.
  • Keep an eye on your child’s study habits and grades—stay involved.

Information from: 

"Ninth Grade Is an Important Year in a Student's College-preparation Journey." 9th Grade Checklists. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2014.