Educators: 9th Grade Checklist

9th Grade Educator Checklist

Help students and families start high school on the right foot and understand the importance of freshman year in their future plans.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

    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 create a 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.



  • 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 different careers that match their interests.
    Assign a project requiring students to talk about their future dreams and plans with friends, family and adults then set goals and create an action plan to achieve them.
         Encourage students to interview several adults about their careers and the education and training necessary.

    Teach students and families about the different types of colleges and 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 research admission requirements for each college to make sure they’re on track.

    Plan visits to college campuses.
         ● Feel free to start small – eat a meal on campus, attend a cultural event, etc.
         ● Use alumni in college as tour guides or virtual mentors for students.
  • 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.

    Share information about college savings accounts including matched savings accounts that provide extra money for college.



For more information on creating a college-going culture schoolwide and additional resources, visit oregongearup.org.