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Getting college & career ready: Tips for freshmen (9th Grade)

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For your freshman...
This Parent & Family Checklist helps your student achieve their academic goals!

Emphasize your student's need to continue to do well in school:

  • Set goals for the academic year.
  • Emphasis the importance of getting to school on time, every day.
  • Be vocal about your expectations.
  • Help your student stay organized and develop a homework routine.
  • Discuss preparing for the PSAT.
  • Talk to your student's school counselor to make sure your child is on track to graduate.

Engage with your student about these important topics:

  • Get involved in your student’s school and encourage participation in activities, clubs, community services or sports.
  • Get to know your student’s friends and their families.
  • Help your student understand appropriate behavior on social media.
  • Share your expectations and explain the possible consequences of risky behaviors like drinking, drugs, vaping, etc.

Explore with your student:

  • Talk about future goals and help them create a plan.
  • Start exploring careers and colleges using free online tools such as Big Future and MyCareerShines.
  • Learn about ways to pay for college, such as scholarships and Federal Financial Aid.
  • Create a post-secondary education saving account and encourage your student to contribute to it from part-time or summer jobs.
  • Research free study supports for the PSAT and SAT, such as Khan Academy.

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