Keeping you on track

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


6th Grade

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Grad : Career Planning

Don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Don’t worry! We can help.

Once you finish this list, talk to your family, friends, teachers, and counselor to see what careers might be a good fit for you. You’ll likely change your mind many times—we all do! But this exercise will help you learn more about yourself and what you need to achieve those goals.

First, make a list of your:

Ready : Timeline

Here are some of the important dates and deadlines you should write down or add to your calendar. You won’t want to skip them, as they’ll help you prepare for high school and college!


  • Join extracurricular activities, like a team sport or band.
  • Create goals for the year. What study habits would you like to improve? What classes would you like to take?


Grad : Military Information

The military can offer a diverse and challenging set of experiences and skill development with travel opportunities and even help pay for part of your education. In order to join the military, you need to not only be physically fit, but having good grades and strength in math, engineering, science and foreign languages can help you move up more quickly.

Set : Managing Your Money

In order to afford college, you will need to know how much it will cost. You may think of tuition, room and board (where you will live and your food), books, transportation, and supplies. Some of these costs you can’t control, such as tuition. However, you can learn to live on a budget and keep costs down on the items you can control, such as transportation and food.

Set : Paying for My Education

College is an option for everyone; don’t let the cost of going to college scare you away! There’s a lot of financial aid, scholarships, and grants available to college students, but there are a couple that you should think about now:

Ready : Preparing for My Education

There are lots of easy ways to get ready for a great experience in middle and high school! Taking small steps now will make preparing for college much easier in the future. Use our checklist to personalize and navigate the process. Save it and your notes in your email – all the way through high school graduation and college acceptance.

Here are a few things you can do throughout 6th-grade to get prepared for high school:

Grad : Resources

There are many great online resources to help you to think about your future. Whether you need help setting goals in middle school or want to explore your college and career options, the suggestions below will help guide you through that process:

Set : Find the Right School

In 6th grade, you may not have college on your mind, but you might know what you want to be when you grow up. If you do, that can help you decide where to go to college. If not, you still have plenty of time to think about it, and it’s OK if it changes often! 

Ready : What You Need to Know

Welcome to middle school!

High school graduation and college prep may not seem like top priorities right now, but even little things you do now can help you prepare for success in middle school, high school, and beyond!