High School Planning Timeline

8th Grade

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Apply for Oklahoma’s Promise! If you haven’t applied, visit OKpromise.orgnew_window to sign up for this scholarship program.
Counselors, teachers, parents and friends are all good sources of information. Ask them any questions you have about college, in addition to doing research on your own.
Study hard! Make sure you use good study habits and keep your grades up.
Start saving money for college.
Sign up for a college savings account from Oklahoma’s 529 college savings plan -- OK4Saving.orgnew_window -- or continue to add money to an existing account. It’s generally best to keep most savings in parents’ name.
Start thinking about the courses you'll take in 9th grade.
Find out about academic enrichment programs, including summer and weekend programs, available through your school or local colleges. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education offers free summer academies. These are great opportunities to get experience in a field of interest and to build on your academic resume.
Don't forget about extracurricular activities like sports, performing arts, volunteer work or other activities that interest you.
Investigate Advanced Placement (AP) and other honors-level courses you can take in high school to help you prepare for college.
Take the ACT EXPLORE test to evaluate your skills in English, math, reading and science reasoning. Ask your counselor about more information about your score and what classes are recommended for you to enroll in high school. Review the information with your parents.
It's good practice and your scores won't count towards your college application.
Visit a college campus. Attend a play, sporting event, or summer camp on a college campus.