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10th Grade

10th Grade Counseling Services Overview

The sophomore year is a great time for students to broaden their foundation by getting involved in extracurricular activities. When setting up the 4-year plan, counselors discuss standardized testing, colleges of interest, career interests, and any extracurricular activities. Our school offers a wide variety of clubs and honors societies that give students the opportunity to develop their interests. Many students also give back to the community by volunteering with different organizations. Through civic engagement students develop leadership skills, learn to take initiative, and learn to work with professionals. Furthermore, they see how they can make a difference in the world around them.

Sophomore Group Guidance Lesson: "What's Your Game Plan?"

For some students high school can be a time of personal and social turmoil. We believe it is critical for students to have a proactive "Game Plan" in life. We want our students to start thinking about ways they can best cope with life situations in a healthy and effective manner. The lesson includes various case scenarios that teenagers encounter and allows students to discuss what would be the best way to address risk. We provide educational information and current statistics on each topic discussed. Students are provided different coping skills and are also made aware of different resources available on our campus.

Sophomore Counseling – February

All sophomore students and families are encouraged to attend our sophomore counseling evening presentation. This presentation covers high school graduation requirements, college admissions requirements, standardized testing, and developing a sense of direction. At the end of the evening presentation, families can sign up for individual appointments with their student's counselor. These appointments are scheduled throughout February and March. At the appointment you will create your 4-year plan, discuss the results of the "Do what you are" personality/career survey on Naviance, and discuss standardized testing. The sophomore counseling conference is a great place to get all of your questions answered.

PSAT – October

The PSAT (official Preliminary SAT) is offered during October of the sophomore year. Test taking is a skill that must be practiced; the PSAT is a great opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the timing and format of the test. This practice version will give them an unofficial score that will not be reported to any colleges. They also receive a print out of their results showing them what sections they are strong in and what areas need improvement. They will also receive access to the College Board website.

ACT Plan – February

Similar to the PSAT, the PLAN (an official practice version of the ACT) is offered during February or March of the sophomore year. The scores will not be reported to any colleges. Students receive a print out of their results showing them what sections they are strong in and what areas need improvement. One thing that sets the Plan apart from the PSAT is that it includes a career component in the results.