Getting Ready – 7th Grade Checklist

  • Research which high schools or special programs will help you learn more about your areas of interest.
  • Talk to your counselor and your teachers about when to begin taking advanced courses such as Algebra I and beginning foreign language class. (But, remember, take only the most difficult courses YOU CAN HANDLE.)
  • Talk to your counselor or teachers about courses you can take in high school.
  • Get involved in school- or community-based extracurricular activities.
  • Keep reading magazines, newspaper articles and books.
  • Keep a journal to develop good writing skills by writing about your activities, your hopes and dreams, your family and friends, and your school.
  • Do well on standardized tests.
  • Register your profile on