Sophomores ~
Staying on Course

In the sophomore year, preparing for college continues! Decisions you make in 10th grade ~ classes in which you enroll ~ grades you achieve ~ do matter! Continue to study hard and do your best. Expand your resources. Involve your family as your support system, and visit your high school counselor more often.

Looking for a helpful resource? Check out the High School Manual, from Crosby Scholars.

Students who were involved in Crosby Scholars in their 9th grade year and met all requirements are automatically enrolled in the 10th grade program. New students interested in enrolling in Crosby Scholars can submit an application online between August 15th-October 1st. The sophomore year is the final opportunity for students to join Crosby Scholars!

As a 10th grade Crosby Scholar, you will participate in Crosby Academy, as well as community service and have the opportunity to attend Grade Advisor meetingsThis year, we also have a special UNC Charlotte College Tour planned for October 31st. (Parent Permission Form is required.)

Additionally, here are some tips from to continue your high school career and keep you on the right track for college. 

  • Prepare for and take the PSAT to practice for junior year
  • Ask your guidance counselor about the PLAN assessment program, offered by ACT, which helps determine your study habits, academic progress, and interest, as well as prepare you for the ACT
  • Work with your guidance counselor to make sure you're staying on track, discuss test scores and the courses you need for college, ask about Honors, AP, and/or Career & College Promise.
  • Begin familiarizing yourself with colleges, use college search tools like College Greenlight to decide what factors are important to you, visit websites, learn about admissions criteria & entrance requirements, & attend college fairs.
  • Learn more about yourself - your skills, interests, values, etc. to help determine possible career options. Start by taking these surveys on!
  • Research and explore career options in more detail, learning about the tasks, education, and training necessary for each occupation of interest
  • Stay involved in extracurricular activies and work toward leadership positions in the activities you like best
  • Read as many books as you can and read the newspaper - developing your reading skills will help prepare you for tests and make you a well-rounded individual
  • Practice your writing - you'll need good writing skills no matter what path your pursue, so find a teacher or adult who can advise and encourage your writing 
  • Keep your grades up - your GPA and class rank are two important factors that colleges consider in the admissions process
  • Get a summer job - put the money you earn away for college


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