10th Grade Post Secondary Planning “To Do”

All 10th grade planning steps are shown.  High School Planning steps are highlighted.                                   

(Adapted from CollegeInColorado.org)

·         Keep those grades up!

You might have a lot going on this year, but it's important to stay focused on your schoolwork

Use the AVID Techniques!

·         Sign up for a college savings account or continue to add money to an existing account.

Talk to your parents about financial aid options. It's a good idea to start talking about how you're going to pay for college.

See the Scholarship Section of the EHS Web Page

·         Continue your conversations with your guidance counselors, teachers, family members or trusted adults about your plans for college or other paths towards a career.

If you have not yet done so, review concurrent enrollment or other early access opportunities to get college credit while you are in high school

Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities


Concurrent Enrollment Student Worksheet

Continue to update Your Plan of Study to keep track of your courses and grades.
Invite your counselor and parent to view Your Plan of Study. Are you on track to meet the requirements for:

  • High school graduation?
  • Educational path after high school?
  • Career path?
  • National Collegiate Athletics Association?
  • Certificate or Associates Degree through Concurrent Enrollment Program?

Higher Education Admission Requirements


NCAA Eligibility Center


Review your 4 year high school plan of study with your counselor. Beginning planning your course path for your junior and senior year

·         Find out about IB Diploma Courses and other honors-level courses for junior year and senior years


·         Update your college planning file — or start one, if you haven't already. (See Grade 9)

Log into Naviance and use the Naviance Quick Guide on the Counseling Resources Web Page to update your ICAP Plan


·         Continue extracurricular activities.

Remember, many admissions officers look for well-rounded students who participate in the world around them.

Use your Naviance Account to keep track of your plan. 

·         If you have room in your schedule, consider a part-time job, internship or volunteer position.


·         Look into participating in academic enrichment programs, summer workshops and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and sciences.


·         Plan to take the ACT.

This is a valuable test to help you get into college.  Students can take this test several times in order to improve scores.  Most students wait until their junior year, but students can take this test now. Students may want to wait to send scores to colleges, so they can send the top score.Waiver forms are available in counseling office.  Please see Mrs. Farias. 

Register for the ACT

·         If you plan to take the SAT, take the PSAT in October.

The scores will not count for National Merit Scholar consideration this year, but it is good practice for taking the PSAT in your junior year (when the scores will count)

Talk to your school counselor about how to register for the PSAT you Sophomore year.

·         Register in April for the SAT Subject Tests.

SAT Subject Tests are offered separately from the SAT and are given in several subject areas such as Foreign Language, History, Literature, Biology, Physics and more. Be sure to research which Subject Tests are appropriate for you, and register for any individual subjects you will complete before June.

Register to take the SAT


·         It's not too early to start studying for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT.

A great place to start is with the Test Prep section on the ACT and SAT website.


·         Make a list of reasons why you like different colleges and universities — programs, location, cost and so on.

Visit college campuses and take virtual tours of colleges in the Explore Schools section.

Log into Naviance and use the Naviance Quick Guide on the Counseling Resources Web Page to explore colleges

·         Start thinking about what factors are important to you in choosing a college:

size, location, availability of extracurricular activities, for example

Log into Naviance and use the Naviance Quick Guide on the Counseling Resources Web Page to explore colleges matches

·         Keep reading!

Expanding your vocabulary and learning new things will help with many things over the next few years.


·         Start or continue searching for scholarship opportunities.

Although you may not be able to apply right now, you can find out what the requirements will be and work toward them

See the Scholarship Section of the EHS Web Page

·         If your schedule permits, stay involved in school, community and job activities

Remember to keep up with your Interscholastic and Volunteering Requirements. – 20 hours per year


Volunteering opportunities for required forms can be found within the Counseling Tab on the EHS’ Web Page.