9th Grade College Counseling
The goal for every 9th grader is to adjust to the demands of high school, to begin cultivating a strong sense of self, and to become involved in the life of the school and the world around them. 9th grade is a year to develop the skills necessary for taking part in the college search process.
What we do:
Meet with students prior to their 9th grade year to review graduation requirements and discuss the course options (e.g. taking one or two languages, electives, etc.).
Meet with students regularly to discuss self-discovery, initiative, independence, executive function and other essential skills for planning one’s future.
What parents do:
Support their child in his or her interests, while also helping them adjust to the challenges of the upper school curriculum.
Assist your student in creating interesting summer plans.
Attend parent meeting in March.
What students do:
Read a book or a newspaper outside of classroom requirements.
Stay balanced. Don’t feel like you need to do it all. Focus on depth over breadth when choosing your extracurricular activities.
Use the Career finding tools and assessments in Naviance.
Identify a select number of activities that are of high interest to you and invest time and energy doing what you love.
Meet with your teachers outside of the classroom.
Begin developing relationships both with new friends and with new teachers.
Eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep.
Learn time management skills. Keep an organized calendar or agenda.
Work hard in school and stay focused.
Consider community service with an organization that supports your interests and priorities.
Explore Columbia and all that this great town has to offer.
Attend CIS College Fair in April.
Use your summer to expand your horizons. Research fun and exciting summer opportunities that offer a chance to learn something new or to deepen prior knowledge on a subject of interest.