College Planning Checklist - Freshman Year
* Develop strong academic, language, mathematics and critical thinking skills by taking courses that challenge you.
* Grades matter every year-- even in freshman year. Use the planners provided by SVHS and make it a habit to write down assignments and reminders to keep on track to do well.
* Find a quiet place where you can regularly go to focus on and complete your homework.
* Get to know your teachers; they want to know and help you! Ask for assistance early and often, if needed. A list of tutoring resources is available in the College and Career Center and on the high school website.
* Discover new skills and make new friends by signing up for extracurricular activities and getting involved in your community.
* Meet your high school counselor and discuss your plans for the next four years. Know and follow the requirements to graduate from high school and move on to college.
* Talk with parents, teachers and friends about college and career possibilities and browse the Internet to see what interests you.
* Start building an Academic Resume of your involvement in extracurricular activities, awards earned, and leadership positions.
* If your grades qualify you for membership in the California Scholarship Federation (CSF), make sure you apply every semester to maintain your active status. More information is available in the bulletin and on the high school website. Applications are available at the Student Activities window.
* Consider a college savings account. Consider what you and your family can contribute and the additional support you will need through financial aid and scholarships. Financial need should not deter you from applying to college.