Mapping Out Your Future


Preparing for life beyond high school is about more than the classes that you take. It’s also about developing the skills that will help you succeed in college, career, and life. Consider the following suggested opportunities and benchmarks that will keep you on track during your high school journey and prepare you for success after graduation.


Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

  • Meet with your school counselor to talk about course planning. Find your school counselor here.
  • Complete the My Skills Lab in SDMyLife.
  • Practice for the ACT using Methodize ACT Prep on SDMyLife.
  • Take the PreACT and/or PSAT.
  • Create a folder to begin collecting college information.
  • Continue your college savings plan and begin looking at cost specifics.
  • Focus on extra-curricular activities and leadership opportunities of interest.
  • Learn more about earning early college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses.
  • Review and update your community service hours on Innerview. If you haven’t started volunteering, it is important to begin. Service and Leadership experience on your resume will set you apart from others. If you haven’t registered with Innerview yet, be sure to get signed up.



Junior Year




Senior Year

  • Meet with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate. Find your school counselor here
  • Take the ACT, SAT, and/or ASVAB again, if needed
  • Consider earning early college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses
  • Ask for Letters of Recommendation early in the school year
  • Apply for admissions to your colleges and/or universities of choice
  • Participate in College Application Week
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Visit colleges and/or universities that you have been accepted to
  • Make a decision and celebrate!


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