Keeping you on track

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


8th Grade

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Grad : Career Planning

Not dead set on a certain career? Are you still debating whether to be an engineer or museum curator, and not sure which will be better? It helps to take an inventory of your interests and strengths and looking at the overlap between the two.

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. It also will help you see what you hold as valuable.

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.

Grad : Resources

There are many great online resources for 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 guide you through that process.

Set : Managing Your Money

When you think of the cost of college, you might think of tuition first, but you should remember there are other costs. These can include mandatory fees like student association or gym membership, room and board (rent and food), books, transportation, and supplies. You can’t control the price of tuition or mandatory fees, but you can control the others by becoming financially literate, saving money in advance, and learning how to save on the other costs. For example, you can save on books by buying used ones rather than new!

Set : Find the Right School

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? That will help you determine which type of college to attend! If not, looking at the different types of colleges can really help you think about your future. 

Ready : Timeline

High school is just around the corner! Take the steps now to be ready.

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!


Ready : Preparing for My Education

There are so many ways you can prepare for high school graduation and beyond, even in 8th grade! You should also start thinking about visiting colleges and preparing for them by thinking through the classes you need to register for in high school.

Use our checklist to personalize and navigate the process, saving it and your notes – all the way through high school graduation and college acceptance. Below are some of our suggestions:

Ready : What You Need To Know

In just one year, you’ll be in high school! Even if your district uses the junior high system, your grades will start counting toward your high school diploma in 9th grade, so you should start preparing now. Think about what you want to do when you grow up and what kind of education that will require. And while you might take a different path if you want to be a photographer than an accountant, it all starts with completing your high school education, so make that your top priority.

Set : Paying for My Education

Even in 8th grade, you can start preparing for paying for college. In fact, the deadline to apply for the College Bound Scholarship is June 30 your 8th grade year! If you pay attention to application deadlines and make college a priority, you can make sure you don’t pay more than you can afford for college.