Beginning high school is the perfect time to take active steps to plan for your future. Once you reach high school, you have choices about the courses you take. Deciding which options are best for you is not always easy. While it's tempting to take only the classes you need to graduate, you will be more prepared for college if you take more challenging courses. In fact it will take lots of thought, discussion, and research. But don’t worry there are many resources to help guide you. In this section, you will learn about the benefits of taking challenging courses and ways to prepare at each grade level in high school. You can also explore careers paths based on your skills, interests, and financial need. Enjoy this time of great exploration and excitement!
One of the most important ways to prepare for college is by taking challenging and interesting courses in high school. Visit marylandpublicschools.org or talk with your school counselor to ensure you meet your high school graduation requirements and the basic admission requirements at most colleges. In addition, you must complete 75 hours of approved service learning and pass all State required tests. Do your best in high school to get good grades and develop strong study habits; it will pay off in the long run.
If you really want to push yourself and gain a competitive edge for college admission, consider the following:
Discuss these programs with your high school counselor for specific local school district information.
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