Student Checklist by Grade

Student Profile



12th grade (Senior Checklist Download)pdf-icon

pdf-icon11th grade (Junior Checklist Download)

pdf-icon10th grade (Sophomore Checklist Download)

pdf-icon9th grade (Freshman Checklist Download)


  • Study for the ACT before you take it. There are many free resources online and at the local library with practice questions, practice tests, and helpful hints.
  • Begin taking the ACT in 7th grade. Do not wait until high school to begin taking the test. This will help familiarize you with the test and hopefully, increase your score.
  • Take advantage of ACT Workshops. Some workshops are free and others have a fee, but they are well worth the investment.
  • Register for the test online and watch for deadlines. Typically, the registration deadline is one month before the test.
  • If you receive free or reduced lunch at school, you may qualify for a fee waiver. See your school counselor for more information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to assist with college expenses. Types of aid are: grants, loans, work-study. These can all be applied for through one application—the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Graduating seniors should apply as soon after January 1st as possible. You will need your parents’ tax information from the previous year. Financial aid is available on a first come, first serve basis.


Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes. They provide free money for college tuition, room and board, and books. Some are based on merit (academic performance/grades, etc.) and others are based on need (based on income). There are thousands available so make sure you get an early start in applying for scholarships. They are also very competitive. The summer leading up to your senior year is the best time to begin searching and completing applications.

Some scholarships require an essay. Make sure you have someone review your essay before you submit your application. Most scholarships are stackable which means you can receive more than one and you receive the amount of total scholarship aid.

Resume Writing

Your resume is a document that lists your contact information, education, work experience, community service, and skills. It is usually requested when you apply for a job or internship. You should create your resume and keep a typed, up-to-date copy available at all times. See the link below for a sample:

pdf-iconDownlaod Sample Resume


Job Interviewing Techniques

Doing your best on a job interview is an essential skill which can be practiced. At the link below, you can have a parent or adult go through the mock interview questions and rate your performance. Other interviewing techniques are available at the links below.