Get Ready- Middle School
Welcome to College & Career Readiness at the middle school!
It is an exciting time as students discover the many educational and extra-curricular opportunities available to them. This course will guide students as they explore career options that match their personalities, skills, interests, and values. They will identify goals to determine the education pathway that can lead to success in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Figure out what you want to do.
- Start thinking about your future and career possibilities.
- Explore different occupations that match your interests.
- Keep your options open.
- Use time outside of school wisely.
- Get help when it’s needed.
Do your best in class.
- Take control. Learn to be a good student.
- Get off to a good start! Study hard, turn in all assignments, and do your best to earn good grades.
- Review your academic strengths and weaknesses. Talk with friends and family about careers and possible college choices.
- Sign up for pre-algebra, if at all possible.
- Get to know your teachers.
- Take the right courses.
- Read, read, read!
Talk to your school counselor about:
- Going to a college or university.
- College-track courses to start taking in middle school.
- The importance colleges and universities place on grades, and at what year will your school grades start to matter in the admissions process.
- College preparatory, AP, and other honors-level courses you should be taking in high school (9th through 12th grade).
- Academic enrichment programs (including summer and weekend programs) available through your school or local colleges.
- Pursuing extracurricular activities (such as sports, performing arts, volunteer work, or other activities that interest you).
- Start learning about different financial aid programs from your school counselor or teachers.
- Save money now to pay for school, and keep saving, a little at a time makes a difference.
- Talk to your parents about educational loyalty programs.
- Attend, with your parent or guardian, any financial planning or “how to afford college” programs offered at your school or in the community.
- Research on the web, and check out our Resources section for some helpful links.
The School District of Howard Suamico School Counseling staff meets with students in Intermediate and Middle School. At the high school level, there are college and career lessons in both 9th and 10th grade Social Studies classes and individual meetings in the 11th grade and parents are invited. Senior year concludes with a class meeting to review the transition process from high school to post-secondary plans. The School Counseling and ACP web-sites are another form of communication with parents and the community regarding ACP and Counseling programming.