Welcome to the “Freshman Year” - Your objective is to successfully complete all subjects required for graduation during the next 4 years. Begin by selecting challenging courses and aim for C or better grades in all of your classes. Use an online High School Planner to develop your four-year plan for high school: CSUmentor.edu
School is not just about grades; grades should reflect your goals rather than be your goals. This year is also about attitude, participation, and taking advantage of opportunities available to you.
Focus on developing your study skills.
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The more competent you become at managing your own learning, the better prepared you will be for Junior and Senior level studies. Reading skills, note taking, research, review, daily class preparation, test taking skills, and organization are all critical to independent learning.Get involved.
Join clubs, sports, student government, theater productions, or volunteer in the community. During the summer, participate in an academic/enrichment program or enroll in summer school to take elective courses that interest you. Plan ahead.
Every year of High School counts. The Freshman Year lays the foundation not only for high school achievement but also college admissions. The Sophomore and Junior Years are the 2 most important and critical years for college applications. Success in high school leads directly to admission to college.
Entrance into UC or CSU requires a minimum of 15 units from the UC a–g list with a grade of C or higher to meet any subject requirement. Semester grades of D or F in these classes MUST be replaced. Your CSU GPA is calculated using your grades in all your classes completed on the a-g list. See reverse for details.Keep records.
Create a file at home to contain records of all your extra-curricular activities that you participate in during High School. List your accomplishments (e.g. Eagle Scouts, ASB, Academic Awards etc.).
The School Registrar prepares your transcript, a record of your semester grades in every course taken in High School. To receive credit for any additional course work taken off campus at another school or college, you must request a transcript of the grade. This can be sent from the participating school to VCHS. Your transcript is used by colleges and employers and can be obtained any time in the future (from the Registrar) from the school where you graduate.