- Make sure this fall's classes are as rigorous as you can handle. Take Advance Placement (AP), and/or PreAP (Honors) classes. The level of difficulty of student coursework is one of the most important factors college admissions officers analyze when deciding on accepting applicants for admission.
- Continue to compete in contests, matches, and challenges. Earn honors and awards to build your student résumé (brag sheet). Consider participating in UIL Academic Teams at MHS and perhaps tryout for Academic Decathlon.
- Earn the best grades this year to have the highest possible GPA and class rank.
- Look for leadership roles in campus activities. Plan to be a leader in a few extracurricular activities this school year.
- Check on your graduation plan for high school graduation and college admission. Take AP and PreAP courses. Check with your counselor on your progress and revise your plan as needed.
- Join groups and organizations that recognize high-achieving students. Joining organizations that require student members to earn excellent grades will look good on your college applications. See your counselor for instructions on membership. Beginning looking at National Honor Society criteria.
Take on leadership roles in some of your extracurricular activities. Leadership is one of the most valuable student qualifications sought by college admission officers.
Register for the PSAT given October 16th at MHS. Cost is $15. Pay the bookkeeper Mayra Urias. You may register on Open House from 6-7PM.
Go here to find dates for SAT and ACT testing this year. You may want to take these tests a couple of times this year.
- Keep thinking about your interests and possible college majors.
- Develop teacher and upperclassmen relationships. Plan to use teachers and older high school students as mentors.
- Research the types of colleges and universities you may wish to attend and discuss college costs with your parent(s).
- Learn about financial aid. Many scholarships are awarded based on your GPA, so do well in your coursework..
- Review your PSAT results. Identify areas of academic weakness. Work with your teachers, counselors, and parents to register for courses that will help improve your weak areas so you earn the highest scores possible on ACT and SAT tests you will take next year.
- Investigate summer programs for high school students. Start filling out application materials for programs you wish to attend.
- Do well on your final exams this semester. Earn the impressive grades needed for admission to college and to receive scholarships.
- Visit with high school friends who are home from college on winter break. Try to get an overall picture of what to expect from college life.
- Instruction now will prepare you for the TAKS test. Students that do well on the TAKS test do not have to take basic tests for dual credit classes for admission purposes. Find more information on.... TAKS Math, TAKS ELA, TAKS Science, TAKS Social Studies for eleventh grade.
- Update your student resume (brag sheet). Include all accomplishments and activities from fall semester. Begin looking for teachers, employers, mentors and community members that you may ask to prepare a letter of recommendation for you. Prepare copies of your brag sheet for those that you ask for a letter of recommendation.
- Study hard this spring semester to earn top grades so you can have the highest possible GPA and class rank.
- Continue to develop respectful, hard-working relationships with your teachers. Good relationships result in superior letters of recommendations when you apply for college admission and scholarships.
- Continue participating in extracurricular activities both inside and outside of school. Dedicate yourself to a few extracurricular activities and work toward leadership positions.
Instruction now will prepare you for the TAKS test. Students must pass the TAKS test in order to graduate. The ELA test is in February.
The ELA TAKS test is next month. Focus your studies with reviewing the different literary components of the test. Your English teacher will help you. Aim to score a 3 or 4 on the written components.
- Prepare to register for next year’s junior level courses. Make sure to follow your four-year plan for high school graduation and college preparation. Sign up for the most AP and Dual Credit courses that you can handle. See your counselor for registration instructions and deadlines.
- Prepare to take AP tests in May. All MHS students in AP classes will take AP tests.
Look and listen for announcements for times and locations of sessions at MHS with college representatives. Visit with college representatives who come to MHS this spring. Read information and ask questions to see if their school may be a good fit for you.
BE PROFESSIONAL when visiting with all college representatives.
- Do well on the ELA TAKS this month. Aim for commended performance (2400). If you score high enough, you will not be required to take college placement tests for dual-credit classes offered your senior year.
- High GPA’s open college admission doors.
- Become a candidate and run for office in your elective and extracurricular classes. Look at student council and other prominent organizations to become a part of.