Parent’s 9th Grade Checklist

Summer Before High School
  • Visit a college campus together. It’s a great way to get your child excited about college.
  • Get the facts about what college costs. You may be surprised at how affordable higher education can be.
  • Show your child how to explore career ideas. He or she can make a list of interests, talents and favorite activities and start matching them with occupations.
  • Come up with fun reading ideas. Look for magazines or newspapers your child may like and talk about the books you loved reading when you were your child’s age. If your family makes reading enjoyable, it can become a daily habit.
Fall
  • Make sure your child meets with the school counselor. Your child should schedule a meeting to talk about college and career options and to choose the most-appropriate classes.
  • Help your child set goals for the school year. Working toward specific goals helps your child stay motivated and focused.
  • Make a plan to check in regularly about schoolwork. If you keep up with your child’s tests, papers and homework assignments, you can celebrate successes and head off problems as a team.
  • Talk about extracurricular activities. Getting involved in clubs and other groups is a great way for your child to identify interests and feel more engaged in school.
Winter
  • Start thinking about financial aid. It’s not too early to look into types of aid that could help you cover college costs.
  • Discuss next year’s classes. Make sure your child is challenging him- or herself — and taking the courses college admission officers expect to see. Learn more about the high school classes that colleges look for.
Spring
  • Help your child start a college list for visits.
  • See how much you need to save for college. Use the Cost of College Calculators to get an idea of where you are compared with your savings goal.
  • Help your child make summer plans. Summer is a great time to explore interests and learn new skills — and colleges look for students who pursue meaningful summer activities.