Grade 9 Timeline

August - September

  • Think about your strengths and about subject areas that may interest you. What careers could these subjects possibly lead to?
  • Choose the most challenging course load you can handle based on your interests.
  • Do the best you possibly can in all of your classes. Remember—colleges look at grades from all four years of high school, including 9th grade.
  • Get to know your teachers and counselors—they are the people in the school who can help you navigate high school and the college application process.
  • Participate fully in all advisory activities. They are set up to help you gain the skills you need to successfully complete high school and move on to higher education.
  • Join extra-curricular activities like sports teams, yearbook, MUN, theater, etc. Universities and colleges are interested in what you like to do outside of the classroom. They like to see commitment to activities starting from the beginning of high school. Also it is a great way to meet people who share the same interests, and it will help you feel like you are a part of the greater AAS community.
  • Do your best on any standardized testing you may take, like the MAP or CogAT tests. This is great practice for taking standardized university entrance tests in the future.
  • Read for pleasure. You’ll improve vocabulary acquisition and reading fluency, both of which will be enormous benefits when you face the significant reading required of university students. Plus, you might enjoy yourself and learn something new.



  • Continue thinking about your interests, doing well in classes, and getting involved in school activities.
  • Visit the counselors’ office to start looking at some information about colleges and universities that might have courses you like.
  • Read for pleasure.


November - June

  • Class work, extra-curricular activities, self-exploration.
  • Read for pleasure.



  • Travel, do community service, take courses on a college campus, find a job.
  • Do any or all of the above.
  • Read for pleasure.