Your high school years may be the most exciting and important ones you will spend in school.
For the first time, you'll have lots of choices to make about what you study. It's important to know that the choices you make for 9th grade - as well as 10th, 11th, and 12th - will affect the choices you'll have for the rest of your life.
No matter what you dream of doing with your life, preparing yourself for more education beyond high school is your wisest plan right now. Post-high school education can provide valuable experiences that contribute to a better quality of life for you. Whether or not you go on to a college, university, career or technical school, the information and skills you learn in your high school classes will always be useful in the world of work.
Remember: Everyone, in every kind of job, needs to be able to write and speak clearly, listen carefully, understand what is written and spoken, and use math effectively.
When you have questions
Your school counselor, teachers, or principal will have the answers (or know someone who does) to many questions about high school and education after high school. Your family and friends often have good information, too. Do not hesitate to ask as many questions as necessary to obtain all the information you need.
Get started now:
- Keep your options open
- Learn how to learn
- Know the basics for class scheduling
- Recommended courses for high school
- Course planning chart
- Outside of school counts, too
- Take time to explore
- Financial help for college
- Next steps
- Survival words (glossary of terms)
- Print this entire guide (PDF)
- Other Make High School Count Guides
Mapping Your Future has partnered with ACT to provide the Make High School Count program.