As a sophomore, you have a year of high school behind you. Congratulations!
What can I expect?
- The PLAN is a three-hour test taken by sophomores to help them plan for the future and provide practice for the ACT. It includes tests in English, math, reading and science reasoning; an interest inventory to explore career and educational options; a study skills assessment and a student information section. http://www.act.org/plan
- End of Course Assessments (EOC) for English II, Algebra II, Biology and US History have been purchased as part of ACT’s QualityCore® program. The program is syllabus-driven and will include curriculum and instruction support materials. QualityCore® has been developed based on research in high-performing classrooms that focus on the essential standards for college and career readiness. The EOC assessments will be administered throughout the year as students earn credit in each course. The EOC assessment will be counted as the student's semester exam for the class.
- In addition to the EOC assessments, Kentucky students in grades 10 and 11 will also complete writing assessments provided by NCS Pearson.
What opportunities do I have?
- ACT-This test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. www.act.org
- HOBY- HOBY stands for HUGH O"BRIAN Leadership Academy. This scholarship provides sophomores the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. Student selected will pay all fees associated with the program. http://hoby.org/
- Governor’s School for Arts- GSA provides hands-on-arts opportunity for the states' talented high school students who are dancers, actors, instrumental and vocal musicians, creative writers, future architects or visual artists. www.kentuckygsa.com
What should I continue to do?
- Re-evaluate your class selections to make sure you are meeting college/technical school requirements for admission. Find out about AP classes. Be sure to take advanced classes to qualify for Beta or Honor Societies. Ask about articulation of coursework to local community colleges or technical schools.
- Explore college catalogs and other materials including financial aid. Use the Internet to find out what schools offer your preferred major. Start thinking about priorities for school-size, location, cost, degrees offered. Visit schools over the summer.
- Update your ILP with awards, honors, and athletic information.
- Focus in on a few extracurricular activities and really make a difference. Continue participation in enrichment programs-leadership, volunteer, summer jobs.
- Keep thinking about scholarships!
- If you are interested in military academy-start making contacts now.