The Countdown to college has begun. The primary focus of your sophomore year should be: keeping your GPA (grade point average) up, getting involved in extracurricular activities and preparing to take the SAT and/or ACT.

Fall (September-November)
Evaluate your classes- Meet with your class counselor to ensure that your course schedule is challenging enough to prepare you for college.

Increase your commitment to extracurricular activities so you will stand out on college and scholarship applications

Start college planning NOW. Find out what financial aid is, where it comes from, and how/when to apply.

Winter (December-February)
Develop a testing plan for the PSAT.  Click here to find free resources. 

Start your essay prep by writing often now, so you can reap the benefits later.

Start your college and university research now.

Spring (March-May)
Talk with your counselor to make sure you're prepped for your junior year.

Expanding your knowledge about prospective schools by attending the PDHS spring college fair.

Ask your counselors or teachers about AP testing to see if you're ready to take AP classes or sign up for the AP exam.  Click here to learn more about how your AP scores earn you college credit.

Summer (June-August)
Secure a summer job. Build credentials and save for college.

Tour college campuses. If possible, take advantage of your summer vacation.  Even if you're not interested in the college you are visiting, it will help you learn what you are looking for in a college.