Keeping you on track

Learn how Ready Set Grad can help you stay on track to graduate and succeed.


9th Grade

Ready : Preparing for My Education

College might seem millions of miles away at this point, but it’s important to get ready for success now by making sure you’re on track to graduate and you’re prepared for life after high school!

"Check out KnowHow2Go: The Four Steps to College, which suggests some actions you can take as you start thinking about education beyond high school. 

Did you know: there are four things you must do to in order to graduate from high school?

  1. Earn enough credits (view the required classes and credit requirements here).
  2. Pass state tests or approved test alternatives.
  3. Complete your High School and Beyond Plan.

While academics in high school are crucial for your future, it’s also a time to explore your hobbies and passions. Don’t be afraid to try out for team sports, join clubs that interest you (like speech and debate or art), and volunteer with organizations that give back to your community.

These are ways to branch out and find what interests you most, which will help a lot down the road when you’re trying to plan your next educational move. High school is a time of big change, and it’s really exciting. Make the most of it!

Ninth grade

In between hanging with friends and family, here are eight things you can do in ninth grade and throughout high school to set yourself up for success.

  • Read every day.
  • Get involved in something you really care about.
  • Involve your family members in the college process.
  • Find a mentor who can support you.
  • If a problem comes up, ask for help.
  • Take challenging courses.
  • Get ready for college admissions tests.
  • Talk to people in the know such as students in college, administrators, or college professors.

Below are some more specific deadlines and things to consider doing before you leave the ninth grade. We left some room below each milestone for you to take some notes and keep track of where you are and where you want to go. When you are done, email this page to yourself. Return and update your plan whenever you want!