Educators: 10th Grade Checklist
Help students and their families stay on the right track for college and challenge themselves during their sophomore year.
☑ Do well in school.► Help students set academic and personal goals for the year in order to stay motivated and focused.
● Discuss ways to take on challenges. Help students understand that failure is a learning experience and an opportunity for growth.
► Be vocal about your high expectations.
► Emphasize the importance of attendance.
► Offer a variety of instructional practices and consider learning styles.
► Teach skills such as taking notes, making outlines, and doing research.
► Provide extra academic support such as tutoring outside of regular classroom hours.
● Encourage students to help each other as well as use online resources.
► Celebrate academic achievements.
► Encourage reading for pleasure.
● Provide class time for personal reading.
● Visit the library as a class and teach students how to check out books.
► Help students practice good written and oral communication skills.
● Assign writing in every class, regardless of subject.
● Have students present to the class to practice public speaking.
☑ Take the right classes.► Coach students to take challenging classes that will have them on track to graduate and prepared for college.
► Encourage all students to take math all four years of high school.
► Offer honors or advanced classes, including opportunities to earn college credit in high school.
► Offer foreign/world languages.
► Offer electives, including career and technical education (CTE) classes.
☑ Get organized.► Provide and/or encourage the use of a paper or digital planner or calendar to keep track of assignments and deadlines.
► Provide strategies like a binder or folder for keeping notes and papers organized.
► Model good organizational habits.
► Provide quiet study spaces before, during and after school - especially for students who may not have access to technology at home.
► Help students update thir file of important documents.
● Include a list of activities, copies of report cards and a list of awards and honors. These will be useful for college and scholarship applications.
☑ Prepare for college admission tests.
☑ Get involved.► Offer a variety of school extracurriculars including academically-focused ones.
► Encourage community service and help connect students with volunteer opportunities.
► Partner with community organizations to provide afterschool and summer programs, internships or jobs.
☑ Spend time with good people.► Provide peer, near-peer and adult mentoring opportunities.
● Create advisory or other mentoring programs so that every student feels connected and has a positive relationship.
► Engage families in school activities.
☑ Make good choices.► Teach and model good digital citizenship and safe online and phone behavior.
● Help students set appropriate privacy settings on social media.
● Remind students to only share information with people they know and trust, that information can live online forever and to always ask themselves: would I want my grandma/teacher/religious leader to see this?
► Teach students the risks of behaviors like drinking, doing drugs, and having sex.
► Set a culture of respect and kindness in your classroom and school.
☑ Explore college and career options.► Help students continue to explore careers that match their interests.
● Have students research the education they will need for each career.
● Offer job shadowing or internships for students to learn more.
► Review the importance of finding the right fit.
► Help students make a list (paper or online) of colleges and universities that interest them.
● Include two-year and four-year options as well as in-state and out-of-state choices.
● Have students confirm that these colleges have the program or major for their chosen careers.
● Have students research admission requirements for each college to make sure they’re on track.
► Help students get to know colleges.
● Plan a visit to a college campus that students have not been to yet.
● Teach students how to explore colleges online with virtual tours and using social media.
● Set up a trip to a college fair if there is one in your area.
☑ Learn about paying for college.► Explain at every opportunity that college is affordable.
► Cover the four basic types of financial aid: grants, scholarships, loans, and work study.
► Help students and families explore the different costs of college.
● Help students and families complete the FAFSA4Caster to estimate how much financial aid they may receive.
● Teach students and families about the net price of the colleges.
► Share information about college savings accounts including matched savings accounts that provide extra money for college.