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Planning Tips for Sophomores

Complete the following in SCOIR at the start of any school year (Freshman - Senior):

  • Activate your Scoir account
    • Log in the first time through a computer web browser to be linked to our school.
    • Click “Log in with Google” (use your Rockwood Google email)
  • Add a Parent under “My Profile”
  • Complete your FERPA permissions (Release Authorization and Waiver of Rights)
  • Complete your profile (finalize your personal bio and expand your activities and achievements)
  • Take the PrinciplesYou character assessment in Scoir to find matches for possible careers.
  • Research colleges and take virtual campus tours.
  • Download the SCOIR app in the Apple store.

Do I need to think about college or a career now?

Graduation from high school seems a long way off, but 10th grade can actually be a terrific time for self-exploration and even visiting a couple of institutions of higher learning. College is not for everyone. We are here to support students in any of their post high school transition plans including trade school, military and workforce options. 

Families can begin meeting with Ms. Hartman during the spring of 11th grade. We recommend attending information sessions at RSHS and in our area. These events are regularly promoted through principal emails, school announcements, ParentSquare, and Twitter @RSHSCollege. Check out our website for up-to-date information. 

 

Things you can do this year to help with the transition to life after high school:

  • Concentrate on academic preparation and continue to develop study skills, reading and mathematical competencies. Basically, take the most challenging courses you can while still being successful. 
  • Explore self-awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Start building your activities resume.
  • Inquire about the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).
    • This is usually given on the second Wednesday of October.
  • If you are enrolled in an AP course(s), plan ahead for the exam that is administered during the month of May and be sure to register during the fall.
  • Review progress toward meeting high school graduation requirements - meet with your guidance counselor.
  • Attend the fall college fairs: 
    • Visit the Calendar page for current information.
  • Attend College Planning Night | Wednesday, March 7, 2024 | RSHS | 6:30-7:30PM
    • An overview of the college process, testing and financial aid. 
    • Presented by Ivy Hartman, Post High School Counselor
  • In January, go over the results of the PSAT with your counselor and parents (if you took it).
    • The PSAT is only practice this year. You should take it again as a junior if you want to be considered for National Merit programs.
  • Read materials sent with your score reports and discuss remaining coursework that may be required or beneficial for your post-high school plans. 
  • Plan on taking courses next year that will challenge you.
  • Consider a summer course or program.
    • The time to apply for summer programs is usually in February and March.
    • There are many opportunities for educational programs, both in-state and out-of-state. These programs give good previews of college or a particular field of study. (Teenlife is a comprehensive online resource with summer programs nationwide.) 
  • Sign-up to begin receiving materials from colleges or the armed forces.
    • Visit their websites to get on their mailing list.
  • Sign up for visits in the areas you are interested in. Treat any post high school plan like you would college planning.
    • Visit college campuses - You can schedule visits online through the college website.
    • Visit military recruiters or have a summer experience to see if it is right for you.
    • Technical and trade schools as well as community colleges also offer tours and campus visits.
    • Fairs and online webinars can be found on the Calendar page on our website.
  • Register for the A+ program
    • Tutoring can begin as early as spring/summer of sophomore year but typically takes place during the junior and senior years. 
    • Students MUST be proactive and work with the A+ Coordinator to arrange school-sponsored tutoring hours.