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School Counseling Tips for Sophomores

These tips and resources will help you make the most of your sophomore year and prepare for the future.

Academic and Career Planning

Review Your Four-Year Plan: Refer to this sample four-year plan to keep track of your progress toward your graduation goals.

Explore Career Technical Education: Consider options such as Excel TECC to gain hands-on experience in various career fields.

Plan for Advanced Courses: Check prerequisites for advanced-level courses you want to take in your junior and senior years.

Standardized Tests

Take the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT: You have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. It provides valuable feedback on your college readiness and a free, personalized plan to help you start getting ready for the SAT — and for college.  You can then work on any of your academic weaknesses while there is still plenty of time to make improvements.

Military Academy Aspirations

If you're considering a U.S. military academy, start by requesting a pre-candidate questionnaire from your school counselor.

Financial Planning for College:

Explore Financial Aid: With your family, research how to obtain financial aid. Understand different types of aid and how to apply by visiting StudentAid.gov or making an appointment with a LEAF representative.

Extracurricular and College Preparation

Attend College and Career Fairs: Look out for fairs in the fall to explore different college and career options.

Get Involved: Participate in school activities or volunteer efforts. Extracurricular activities can help you develop time-management skills and enrich your high school experience.

Discuss Future Plans: Talk to your counselor about your plans for life after high school. Your counselor can help you plan your schedule, search for colleges, and navigate the financial aid process. The more your counselor knows about you, the more he or she can help you along the way.

Tour College Campuses: If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel time to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if you have no interest in attending the college you are visiting.

Sophomore year is a time for growth and setting the stage for your future. Take advantage of these opportunities and resources, and don't hesitate to reach out to your counselor for guidance and support.

Contact Us

Main Counseling Office Line:
(216) 831-2080 ext. 7600

Meghann Sullivan, School Counselor (All Grades: Last Names A - G), ext. 7612

Sherri Williams, School Counselor (All Grades: Last Names H - O), ext. 7613

Liz Osicki, School Counselor (All Grades: Last Names P - Z), ext. 7611

Keyonna Hughley, Counseling Secretary, ext 7600

Christin Weyn, School Psychologist, ext. 7610

Cindy Toncler, Bellefaire SAY Counselor, ext. 7609

Magen Corbett, LEAF Representative (Financial Aid, Scholarships)