Keeping you on track

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


9th Grade

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Ready : Preparing for My Education

Grad : Career Planning

Ideally, a career should match a person's interests, abilities, and values. The following career-planning resources can be useful in identifying possible career pathways. 

Grad : Resources

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

Ready : What You Need to Know

You may think it’s early to start planning for college, but your time in high school will go by very quickly. That’s why getting a general idea of what to you need to do to prepare for college will save you time and stress later on.

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

Common college costs include tuition, mandatory fees, room and board (food), books, transportation, and supplies. Meeting these financial obligations is a critical component to educational success. 

Set : Paying for College

College may seem expensive, but by planning ahead and finding the right resources, a college education can be affordable. There are many options to help students get ready to pay for college. Students and their families should talk about what works best for them, and explore the state and federal options below.

State Aid

Ready : Timeline

Enjoy high school! You don’t have any deadlines for applications yet, but make sure you’re developing good study habits, staying organized, getting involved in activities, and doing everything you want to do! This will help when you do fill out college applications junior year.


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


Set : Find the Right School

Do you want to stay close to home, or move far away? Are you really into sports, or want a school that has more art and cultural activities? Are you hoping to live on campus in a residence hall, or in an off-campus apartment? Or, will you stay close to home and continue to live with your family while you go to a local college?

These are things you might want to consider when choosing a school. While academic programs are very important, there are a lot of factors that go into picking a school or program.

Ready : Overview

Welcome to high school! There’s a lot to learn and it’s never too early to start planning your next steps after graduation.