Thursday, September 3, 2009

Road to College Part 2

I am always talking to my husband about how important I find school. That the plays someone makes out on a football field or wherever will not be what helps make a person succeed in their road to college. Becoming involved in sports is a very small fraction of the road to college. I sometimes honestly believe that my husband has priorities a little backwards when it comes to sports. For me, it's all about the academics.

One day he was reading the paper and came across an article called The Road to College. He knew that I would find it interesting to read, because I am always talking about preparing for high school and beyond. In this article, there were steps listed, starting with middle school and every year after to twelfth grade, in getting ready for college. These were directed more for the California school system, but I think they could apply to almost anyone anywhere.

Middle School

Meet with school counselor and discuss goal to attend college. Take pre-algebra and algebra if at all possible. Study a foreign language.

Let your child find out if he/she qualifies for a Gifted and Talented program.

Join clubs or teams at school.

Try to earn all A's or B's in all classes.

Put extra effort into major subjects: English, math, and science.

Review ninth-grade schedule with a parent/guardian. Make sure it includes Algebra I or geometry, college preparatory English and other "A to G" approved classes (here in California the A to G is in reference to sections of courses/learning i.e. English, math, history, etc. In college it's in references to the different general education requirements similar to that used in high school)

Ninth Grade

Map out a four-year class schedule with a counselor. Needed: three to four "A to G" courses each year.

Take Algebra I or geometry, college-prep English and other "A to G" courses.

Most English-language development classes don't meet university English requirements. If an English learner, consider taking community-college courses to catch up.

Strive for A's and B's, and seek extra help as soon as you need it.

Get involved in sports, extracurricular activities or volunteering.

Start a college information folder.

Tenth Grade

Review your four-year scheduling plan.

Take Geometry or Algebra II, college-prep English, and other "A to G" courses.

Sign up for the PSATs.

Find a study guide for your state's exit exam which is usually February or March.

Research colleges; find out about programs, admissions standards, tuition and location.

Visit at least one college campus.

Part 3 of Road to College will deal with eleventh and twelfth grade.

Credit: Article has Katy Murphy, Jeff Durham/Staff listed below who used certain sources: UC Berkley's College Tools, site, CSU Mentor and Oakland school district's College and Career Readiness Office

A to G courses as defined by California:
*A= U.S. History and Social Science-two years
*B=English-four years
*C=Math (Algebra I, Geometry and Intermediate Algebra)-at least three years, UC recommends four
*D=Laboratory Science-two years, UC recommends three
*E=Foreign Languages-two years, UC recommends three
*F=Visual and Performing Arts-one year
*G=College preparatory electives-one year
Note: Not all classes in the subjects are "A to G" approved. Find out if yours are.




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