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7th Grade

In 7th grade, you need to start thinking about your future so you are prepared when you get to high school. Here are a few steps to stay on track:

Work hard in school.

  • Do your best every day in your classes and try to get good grades.
  • Plan your courses for next year. Talk to your school counselor to make sure the courses you choose keep you on track for high school. (DCPS students)
  • If you haven’t already, take a learning style assessment, which will identify how you learn new information best. (DCPS students | other students)

Prepare for college.

  • Start exploring colleges online or visiting colleges in the DC area. You and your family can drop by any time to get a feel for the campus. (DCPS students | other students)
  • Keep a list of at least one teacher or another adult whom you would ask for a recommendation letter. (DCPS students)
  • Save an example of good work that you did in class this year. (DCPS students)
  • Try to save some money for college. If you can, attend programs about how to pay for college (your school counselor or college access provider can hook you up).
  • If you don’t have a Social Security number, you can request one online. You will eventually need it for financial aid and job applications.

Explore careers.

  • Think about what you like to do and find out what areas of work — as well as specific careers within those areas — suit your interests. (DCPS students | other students)

Get involved.

  • Volunteer in your community, play sports, or join clubs. Getting involved will help you explore your interests and discover new things that you like to do. Plus, many scholarships require students to demonstrate a history of community service.
  • Talk to your family, teachers, and other adults about your plans so they can help you stay on track!

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Your grades are the only thing that matters when you apply to college.