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Information by Grade Level

Freshman Year: 

Freshman year counselors meet with all freshmen to create 4 year planning with students.
This process helps students to develop goals for after high school and plan high school classes.
Counselors will meet with you every year to update your four year plans.

Tips for Freshman year:

  • Attend class regularly and arrive on time!
  • Pass your classes! you will be required to take summer school if you fail.
  • Complete assignments in advance - don't procrastinate!
  • Study for tests!
  • Contact your teachers if you have questions!
  • Join a club or a sport - stay involved!
  • Check your grades in Synergy regularly!
  • Use your resources. Academic counselors, crisis counselor, school nurse, librarian, teachers, and even administration are all here to help and support you!
Counselors will sign students up for California Colleges (please wait for counselor help to sign-up) to help explore options for careers and colleges after high school.

Sophomore Year: 

Counselors will meet with you to update your 4 Year Plans and California Colleges accounts.
Optional Tests for College and Career Readiness Available Sophomore Year:
PSAT Information: Arcata High hosts the PSAT in the fall and is available to juniors and sophomores. Most students take the PSAT during their junior year, but many students take the PSAT when they are sophomores to get the feel of the test. However, it is only the scores from the PSAT taken in your junior year that are considered for the National Merit Scholarship competition.
The ASVAB Career Interest Inventory Test: This test is free so we would highly recommend you take it. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The “Student” ASVAB is also a career assessment tool that can help students identify which career areas best suit them. Because this is an aptitude test it doesn’t just tell students what they are currently good at, it will also tell them what they may be good at learning.

Graduation Requirements:


Tips for Sophomore Year: 

  • Start getting serious about extracurriculars—pick the 2 or 3 you like the most, preferably ones where you could see yourself moving toward leadership positions, and invest some real effort in them.
  • What you do over the summer matters. Prepare to take advantage of an academic, volunteer or professional opportunity. Ideally, this should be a project or program that you can return to next summer.
  • Begin standardized test preparation for the PSAT. Not only is it invaluable SAT prep, but also it’s the key to becoming a finalist for the prestigious National Merit Scholarships, which not only provide money for college, but also guarantee the attention of admissions officers. Consider prepping for the SAT.
  • Find a way to get involved with some form of community service. Community service isn’t just something to pad a resume. It can be a fulfilling activity that takes you out of the environment of high school, and allows you to focus on helping other people. It’s not just good for your application; it’s good for your mental health.
  • Update the resume you created in Tech Essentials.