Sophomore Year Information (10th Grade)

  • Show up!  Attendance is crucial to high school success.  You cannot learn if you are not here.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Complete all classwork, homework, and study often.
  • Get help if needed.  Always start with your teacher.
  • If you haven't already done so, get involved!  We have numerous clubs, activities, and sports to help enhance your high school experience.  Additionally, extracurricular activities are not limited to Apex High School.  We live in a wonderful community with endless options.
  • Continue to explore post-secondary options.  
  • Challenge yourself and don't compare your academic strengths or weaknesses to your classmates.  Do the best you can with what you have.
  • Don't fall behind. It's easy to drop your GPA, and very difficult to raise it. 
  • Meet with your school counselor to review your course load and make sure you are satisfying high school graduation and college entrance requirements.
  • Update your High School Planner at
  • Begin to study for standardized tests.
  • Take the PSAT in the fall. The PSAT is excellent practice for taking the SAT.  Your sophomore year PSAT scores will not count for National Merit Scholarship consideration.
  • Continue to explore colleges and universities you may be interested in.  Check out their admission requirements to ensure that you register for the courses needed and maintain a competitive GPA.  Remember, the minimum requirements are just that, minimum.
  • Begin to visit college websites and tour colleges you may be interested in. 
  • Talk with family and friends about their educational experiences.
  • Register for rigorous courses for your junior year. Rigorous looks different for everyone, talk to your teachers and school counselor to ensure you are on the right track.
  • Your school counselors want to help you reach your fullest potential so you have plenty of options after high school. We will support you, advocate for you, and talk to you anytime.  The most important ingredient is you, and your willingness to engage in the process. 
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