Freshmen Timeline

2nd Quarter

explore your possibilites

Keep Your Grades Up

Aim for a 3.0 GPA or better. 

Update Your High School Course Planner

ed plan iconUpdate or start building a four-year college and career readiness plan to achieve your high school goals. You can create plans based on careers you'd like to try, graduation requirements, and more. This is a living, changing document so don't get caught up feeling locked into your first draft. Your advisor will work with you to make plans for the education or training you need for your career choice. 

Login to AZCIS > Plan > Course Planner

Take the PSAT or the PSAT 9

Reminder: October 24th. Check with your school about location and time.
Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before, eat breakfast, and dress in layers. Some testing rooms are toasty and some are a freezer.  Be prepared!

Take Assessments to Discover Your Interests

How well do you know yourself? Career assessments help you identify your interests, skills and values, and match them to occupations. Assessments do not tell you what you can or cannot be. But you can use assessment results to help you make career plans.

AZCIS Assessments:

Career Cluster Intenvory- Find out which career clusters match your interests and view the occupations in those clusters.

Interest Profiler- Find out which work areas match your interests. View the occupations in those work areas.

Begin Researching Careers and Post-Grad Options

Check out the two items below to help you get started...

ASU me3

me3Most students change their major in college at least once, and generally several times. This app will help you explore now to get a head start on planning for your future and what you can do to make it happen!

Attend a College Fair

Attend the Mesa Public Schools College Fair  - this annual event allows you to meet college reps, and learn about out of state, in state and community college programs and campuses. Over 100 colleges, and high school programs are represented at the Mesa Public Schools College Fair, held on Monday, October 22nd, at Red Mountain High School, from 6 - 8 pm.

Attend the NACAC College Fair (National Association for College Admission Counseling) at the Phoenix Convention Center on Sunday, October 21st, from 11am - 3am. Don't miss this opportunity to meet with representatives from hundreds of colleges throughout the nation.

College Fair Tips - Use these tips from NACAC to make the most out of the experience. 

Go to College Fairs

Provide your information one time through a simple, online registration page instead of dozens of times on prospect cards at each college table.

Why should I pre-register?

Important Dates

October 21 - NACAC College Fair @ PHX Convention CenterOctober 22 - College Fair @ Red Mountain
October 24 - PSAT
November 7 - Jr. High and High School Late Start
November 12 - Veterans Day, Schools Closed
November 22-23 - Thanksgiving Break, Schools Closed
December 20 - Early Release
December 21 - End of 2nd Quarter, Early Release
December 24-January 04 - Winter Break, Schools Closed

More Helpful Links

9th Grade ECAP Checklist

Official PSAT Practice

PSAT Test Day Checklist