Tips for 9-10th Graders
Although college might still feel a long way off, 9th grade marks the start of the college application process for students. The most important piece of the college application process is your high school transcript. Your transcript is a summary of all the courses you’ve taken and the grades you’ve received in those courses from freshman through senior year. So what can you be doing in 9th and 10th grade to ensure you’re on the right path to achieving your goals?
- Take classes that challenge you
- The #1 thing that colleges want to see is that you have pushed yourself to take the most challenging courses available at T.C. Williams from freshman through senior year
- What does a sample 9th grade schedule look like?
- Honors English 9
- Algebra 1 (or higher)
- Honors World History & Geography: Part 1
- Foreign Language 1 (or higher)
- Honors Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.)
- Honors Science OR Elective that you plan to stick with throughout High School (ex: Photography)
- Health/PE 9
- Colleges want to see 4 years of English, Math, Science, History, and Foreign Language—and when possible, AP, Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses
- Get good grades and make college affordable
- Good grades = money for college
- If your family does not have enough money to pay for college, that doesn’t mean you can’t go
- Typically, the more selective the college is (or the better your grades have to be in order to get accepted), the more scholarships and financial aid the school gives away – so focus on your GPA!
- Good grades = money for college
- Know how your Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated
- Every course counts, meaning all grades from Minnie Howard courses count toward your final GPA
- Colleges will see the letter grades you’re receiving in your senior year courses, but the GPA they will judge you by will only include 9th, 10th, and 11th grade courses
- Get involved
- Choose a sport, a club, a theater production, or volunteer opportunity that you enjoy and commit to it for all 4 years of high school, preparing yourself to take on leadership positions junior year
- As you get involved with activities, start building a résumé to keep track of what you have done
- Visit the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria (SFA)
- Meet Mr. Waters – SFA College Adviser for 9th and 10th graders! Feel free to email Mr. Waters with any college questions or to arrange a time to meet in person
Please see the links below for more information:
- Links to handouts…
College Night Virginia at T.C. Williams (for all 9th and 10th grade families in ACPS on March 18, 2020). Join us at 6:00 p.m. for free refreshments in the cafeteria. The presentation and discussion session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium
- Overwhelmed by the thought of planning for college? Don’t know where to begin? College Night Virginia is a free, college planning event where you can get answers to your questions about college admissions and paying for college. Come learn about how to navigate the college process, including understanding why college is important, choosing the right college, and searching for scholarships. The event includes a chance to win one of three $500 scholarships!
- Register for interpretation or child care services
- PowerPoint presentation from 2018
- Event Handouts from 2018
Ready to Learn More?
Reach out to Darien Waters, College Adviser for grades 6-10.
TCW Williams High School
SFA Office, A-117