Action Plan for Sophomore Year
- Attend AFHS College Corner when colleges come to visit our school. Learn about what those colleges have to offer to you.
- Honors level students may consider taking the PSAT/NMSQT® (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Most students take the PSAT/NMSQT in the FALL of their Junior Year however 9th,10th and 11th grade students are able to register. It is recommended that your student has taken/passed Math 1 before signing up for the fall PSAT. Registration begins the second week of school and the test is given at the school in October. Follow the student services Announcements page for the latest details.
- All Sophomores will be given the PreACT in November during the school day. No registration is required. Check the Student Services Announcements page for specific details.
- After a month or two in school plan to meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans. Review your schedule with him or her to make sure you're enrolled in challenging classes that will help you prepare for college. Colleges prefer four years of English, History, Math, Science, and a Foreign Language.
- Start a calendar with important dates and deadlines.
- Get more involved with your extracurricular activities.
- Use "College Search" to find out the required courses and tests of colleges that you might be interested in attending.
- Go to college fairs in your area.
- Did you take the PSAT? Use the access code on your PSAT/NMSQT score report to sign in to My College QuickStart™. With this personalized planning kit, you can prepare for the SAT using a study plan based on your PSAT/NMSQT results and explore lists of suggested colleges, majors, and careers.
- Talk to your counselor and teachers about taking SAT Subject Tests™ in your strong subjects this spring. Take Subject Tests such as World History, Biology E/M, and Chemistry while the material is still fresh in your mind.
- Learn about Colleges that might interest you.
- Learn about college costs and how financial aid works.
- Use the College Savings Calculator to see how much money you will need for college, whether you're on track to save enough, and what you need to do to reach your goal.
- Talk to your parents about financing college.
- Visit colleges while they're in session.
- Find out about college firsthand from college friends who are home for the holidays.
- Sign up for college preparatory courses. Consider AP® courses.- BUT stay BALANCED!
- Study for upcoming May AP Exams. Get free AP preparation.
- Explore Summer Opportunities. Look for a great summer opportunity — job, internship, or volunteer position. Enjoy finding out who you are becoming.
- Check with your counselor and search online for summer school programs for high school students at colleges.
- Start a summer reading list. Ask your teachers to recommend books.
- Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you.
- Finalize your summer plans. Learning how to balance school, a part-time job, volunteering and excercise will help you to manage a healthy lifestyle early on.
- Check out school/district websites
- Check the AFHS website for important information regarding Junior Parking Lottery and Junior Lunch Pass pick up in August before your Junior year.