Study, study, and study some more!!! Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is a reflection of how hard you are working academically at Brother Rice. It is very important to your college admission. Therefore, continue to work hard to improve your GPA. Remember, it’s more difficult to bring your G.P.A. up than it is to bring it down. Therefore, studying and doing ALL of your homework is critical to earning academic success.
Remember, your academic transcript will include the grade you earned in every class you take at Brother Rice. The colleges you apply to during your senior year will see your academic transcript, so it’s important to earn good grades in all of your classes.
Enroll in classes that challenge you. “Strength of Class Schedule” is an important element in the college admission process. You can increase your “Strength of Class Schedule” by taking Honors (H) and Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
Take the ASPIRE test in October. ASPIRE is a practice test for the ACT test. You will take the ACT test during your junior year.
Review your ASPIRE test results with your Counselor and parents. Compare yourASPIRE 9 test results to your ASPIRE 10 test results to identify your areas of academic growth, as well as your areas of weakness.
Sophomore students enrolled in English II Honors will take the PSAT/NMSQT test. This is the “Pre-SAT.” Taking the PSAT test during your sophomore year is good practice for the PSAT test you will take during your junior year. The PSAT test taken during your junior is the qualifying examination for the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Stay involved in your extracurricular activities. Strive for a leadership position in your favorite activities. Also, if your interests change, feel free to join new activities that are in line with your interests.
Continue to volunteer your time to organizations that are meaningful to you.
Update your resume. When applying for college admission and for scholarships, you will need to reflect on what you did in high school, so it’s a great idea to keep your resume updated each year.
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Start using the web-based program Naviance to explore colleges and careers that are a good fit for you. Your Counselor will provide you with your login information and teach you how to use the valuable tools on the Naviance website.
Crusader athletes…if you think you will be playing a Division I or Division II sport in college, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website (www.eligibilitycenter.org) to stay current on the academic requirements you will need to meet while in high school to be eligible to play in college. Also, meet with your Counselor to review the classes you will need to take during your junior year to be eligible to play at the college level.
Consider taking SAT Subject Tests in May or June. It’s often best to take these types of tests while the material is still fresh in your mind. SAT Subject tests are an admission requirement for some highly selective colleges and universities.
During the summer, join a camp or an enrichment program that incorporates your hobbies and interests. This will help you build your resume for college. Information about summer enrichment programs is available in the Counseling office.
Get a summer job. Working a steady job over the summer will strengthen your college resume. It is also important to start saving money for college.