Empowering students to take the next step

MRHS College & Career Timeline

This timeline is to give you an idea of the “big picture” at MRHS—how you (as parents) and we (as counselors) together can prepare students for life after high school.

The recommended classes for each year are based on the MRHS graduation requirements. It’s better to get required classes done early! Each year, the counselors meet with all students to create or adjust their four-year plan, so graduation requirements and credits are checked regularly.

HINT: Print this page and use it as a checklist!!  

Freshman To-Do List

  • Classes:
    • English I/English I Honors
    • Algebra I Foundations / Algebra I 
    • Biology / Integrated Science
    • Any combination of American History classes
    • Driver’s Ed/ Health/ PE/ Fitness Training
    • Two electives
    • Study hall 
  • Consider taking a foreign language. Colleges generally want two years.
  • Aim for perfect attendance! Schedule doctor’s appointments for before/after school.
  • Get organized. Use your planner. Organization skills will help you the rest of your life.
  • Get involved! Play sports, join speech or drama club, run for class officer.  These things go onto resumes and college applications.
  • Make a good foundation for your GPA—that means  get good grades!
  • Career exploration tools:
    • Career Cruisingwww.careercruising.com. Students can use their Google email and lunch code to take career interest surverys, search for schools by major, etc. If you have trouble signing in, come see Mrs. Mendez.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbookhttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/. Search for growing careers by different criteria. It's important to choose a career in which you can actually find a job!

Sophomore To-Do List

  • Classes:
    • English II/ English II Honors
    • Geometry Foundations/Geometry/Algebra II
    • Science class- you choose!
    • Eastern/Western Global Studies/ Military History 
    • Driver’s Ed/ Health/ PE/ Fitness Training
    • Three electives (Study hall can be included.)
  • Start a foreign language if you haven’t already.
  • Think about dual credit classes for next year.
  • Build your GPA—get good grades!
  • Attendance, attendance, attendance.
  • Start exploring careers.  Use days off of school to job shadow. Find out what your parents’, neighbors’, and teachers’ jobs involve on a daily basis. Sophomores typically attend a Career Fair at Carl Sandburg to gain exposure to different career fields.
    • Career exploration tools: 
      • Career Cruisingwww.careercruising.com. Students can use their Google email and lunch code to take career interest surverys, search for schools by major, etc.
      • Occupational Outlook Handbookhttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/. Search for growing careers by different criteria. It's important to choose a career in which you can actually find a job!
  • Get a summer job. You can get a work permit from Mrs. Neal in the office after you turn 15.
  • Most affordable colleges in Illinois

Junior To-Do List

  • Classes:
    • English III/English III Honors
    • Algebra II Foundations/Algebra II/ Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus
    • Science class- you choose!
    • Consumer Economics/Modern History/Civics
    • Four electives (can include a study hall)
  • Dual credit classes?
  • Take the PSAT in October to enter into the National Merit Scholarship Program. All juniors will take this test to prepare for the official SAT in the spring.
  • Consider taking a weighted class—you get an extra grade point toward your GPA and class rank. The current weighted classes are:
    • English Honors (any grade level)
    • Trig/Pre-Calculus
    • Calculus
    • Advanced Chemistry
    • Physics
    • All dual credit classes
  • Start attending college & military visits. They come during the school day. Plan ahead, sign up in the counseling office, and talk to your teacher whose class you may be missing. If you can avoid missing an entire class period-- do it. You shouldn't need more than 15-20 minutes to talk with the representative. If you are unable to attend a meeting, let a counselor know so that we can collect extra materials for you.
  • Thinking about the military, but don't know which branch? Visit todaysmilitary.com to learn about different aspects and qualifications for different branches. You will take the ASVAB (military entrance exam) at some point, no matter which branch you're considering. You can start taking it junior year.
  • If you are interested in applying to a military academy (West Point, Air Force Academy, etc.), it is best to start the application process junior year.
  • If you would rather attend a public university with an ROTC program, here is a guide on finding those schools.
  • Attendance is very important—absences are shown on your transcript. Jobs and colleges are going to know if you are a skipper!
  • Juniors have a free day to job shadow in the spring.
  • Apply to National Honor Society—looks great on resumes and college applications!
  • If you want to graduate in December of senior year, tell your counselor when you plan your senior classes in the spring of junior year. You have to plan ahead to graduate early!
  • Go on college visits! If you must be gone from school, fill out a College Visit Form. Pick one up from Mrs. Adolphson and have all of your teachers sign it just like the Planned Absence Form. Take lots of visits during summer break between junior/senior year.
    • ​Generally, you can sign up for college visit days on college's websites. Look for something that says "Future Students" or "Prospective Students." They tend to offer a lot of visits on known school holidays (when we don't have school). 
  • If you are college-bound, start narrowing down a major. Mymajors.com can be helpful in doing this. Make an account, and start exploring!
  • Career exploration tools: 
    • Career Cruisingwww.careercruising.com. Students can use their Google email and lunch code to take career interest surverys, search for schools by major, etc.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbookhttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/. Search for growing careers by different criteria. It's important to choose a career in which you can actually find a job!
  • Afforable College Online is a great resource for choosing a school, major, and learning about transferring schools. Many students change their minds along the way, never stop exploring your interests!
  • Here is another handy College Search Engine, and a Guide to Affordable Colleges.
  • Most affordable colleges in Illinois
  • Online colleges 

 

Senior To-Do List

  • Classes:
    • Applied Communications/ English IV/ Dual Credit Composition 101 & 102
    • Trig & Pre-Calculus/ Calculus (only 3 math credits needed to graduate)
    • Science elective
    • Social Studies elective
    • Four electives (can include a study hall)
  • Dual credit classes?
  • Consider taking a fourth year of math. Students planning to attend college are MUCH more successful on college entrance exams and in college math classes if they don't take a break from the subject. Not convinced? Read more information about the importance of 4 years of math.
  • Career Community Service—a job shadowing opportunity for a whole semester, or even year! If you are interested in a specific career, you can use one of your class periods to go work/shadow there every day. For example, if you are interested in working with children, you may be able to find a spot working at one of the elementary schools. See Mrs. Adolphson!
  • If you have a job and want to work more hours, and have enough credits to graduate, you may be a good fit for Co-op. See Mr. McCance.
  • Continue visiting colleges in the fall. Click for a College Planning Timeline.
  • Continue attending advisory meetings with college or military representatives.
  • Military-bound? Choose a branch using todaysmilitary.com. Make contact with a recruiter early in the year.
    • Take the ASVAB
    • Look into different Careers in the Military and discuss them with a recruiter.
    • ROTC program? Click here for a guide on finding those schools.
  • Apply to colleges in the fall. Click here for more information on college applications. We will be hosting College Application Week in October.
  • Order your graduation cap & gown in the fall. Listen for the announcements for Jostens.
  • Start applying for scholarships. Most are due in the spring, but there may be some early ones you may want to take advantage of. Click here for scholarship & financial aid information. 
    • ​Click for a scholarship search engine from Money Geek.
  • Attend financial aid night in September. Listen to the announcements.
  • Commit to a college in the spring. The earlier you commit, pay your enrollment fee, the earlier you can pick a dorm and sign up for classes (to get the best class times... Freshmen are notorious for getting stuck with 8AM classes!). Contact an advisor at the college shortly after you committ.
  • If you plan on getting a job, start applying in April/May.  We can help you create your resume and fill out applications.
  • Career exploration tools: 
    • Career Cruisingwww.careercruising.com. Students can use their Google email and lunch code to take career interest surverys, search for schools by major, etc.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbookhttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/. Search for growing careers by different criteria. It's important to choose a career in which you can actually find a job!
  • Afforable College Online is a great resource for choosing a school, major, and learning about transferring schools. Many students change their minds along the way, never stop exploring your interests!
  • Here is another handy College Search Engine, and a Guide to Affordable Colleges.
  • Most affordable colleges in Illinois
  • Online colleges 

 

Questions?

Emily Adolphson— eadolphson@mr238.org

Amanda Mendez— amendez@mr238.org

High School Phone: 309-734-5118