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The timeline is a great way to organize your high school years so that you choose those strategies that will benefit you most in accomplishing your academic goals.

9th Grade

  1. Get to know your teachers, counselors and administrators

  2. Visit Facts.org and create an Epep account. 

    The Epep account will help you monitor your progress toward high school graduation and Florida Bright Futures

  3. Become familiar with high school graduation requirements

  4. Speak with your counselor about taking advanced courses

  5. Begin earning good grades now. The grades you earn in ninth grade will be included in your final high school grade point average (GPA)

  6. Consider taking the PSAT

  7. Learn about requirements for Dual Enrollment Scholars Program

  8. Review the grade level promotion requirements

  9. Get involved in extracurricular activities

  10. Plan your summers wisely: begin your community service project, work on your summer reading and participate in college summer programs.

  11. Create a student portal account so you can monitor your grades and attendance.

10th Grade

  1. Maintain good grades and know how to improve your GPA

  2. If you failed a course in ninth grade speak with your counselor about making up credits or raising your GPA in night school or virtual school

  3. Take the PSAT in October

  4. Become familiar with college entrance requirements

  5. Continue working on your community service project and remember to get all required signatures

  6. Talk to your counselor about the Scholars Program

  7. Begin researching postsecondary options (e.g. college, vocational programs, career choices)

  8. Plan your summers wisely: begin your community service project, work on your summer reading and participate in college summer programs.

11th Grade

  1. Review your graduation status with your counselor

  2. Formulate post-high school plans

  3. Prepare for college entrance exams and become familiar with registration dates and deadlines.

  4. Consider taking test prep courses

  5. Continue taking math, foreign language, science and history courses

  6. Make sure you are taking or planning to take courses that will fulfill college requirements

  7. Talk to your CAP Advisor about your future plans and visit the College Assistance Program website

  8. Continue being involved in a club or sport

  9. Become familiar with college admission requirements

  10. Consider taking the PSAT

  11. Take the ASVAB Career Exploration Test to explore possible career paths

  12. Plan your summers wisely: begin your community service project, work on your summer reading, participate in college summer programs and visit college campuses

12th Grade

  1. Discuss your graduation status with your counselor

  2. Review and apply for financial aid and scholarships

  3. Complete college applications, tests and entrance requirements before December 1st

  4. Complete your community service project by December 1st

  5. Ask your teachers to assist you with writing college essays or scholarships essays.

  6. Attend college presentations

  7. Talk to your CAP Advisor about your future plans