Freshman Guide to Graduating College and Career Ready!
- Participate in college/career awareness and exposure programs (financial aid workshops and college fairs, etc.) and consider applying to multi-year enrichment programs offered by CPS and community groups.
- Get to know your guidance counselor and the postsecondary education staff (e.g., college & career coach, teachers) in your school.
- Develop a four-year individual learning plan that’s aligned with your college and career goals.
- Study hard and develop critical thinking, problem-solving, writing and test-taking skills.
- Get active and stay active in one or more extracurricular activities.
- Improve your reading skills by reading at least 20 minutes per day (newspapers, magazine, books, word-a-day).
- Use What’s Next Illinois to identify your interests, skills and abilities. Begin to identify postsecondary educational programs that will help you achieve your goals.
- Participate in summer learning/service/employment opportunities that match your career interests and postsecondary goals.
- Meet with your counselor to review EXPLORE scores and discuss your progress toward completing the CPS requirements for promotion and graduation.
- Plan your sophomore year course load. Take the most challenging options available to you (honors, AP, IB, and virtual High School).
- Apply for a social security number or ITIN if you don’t have one already. If you are unable to obtain one, meet with your counselor and postsecondary education staff person ASAP.
Awareness | Readiness | Access | Success