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WELCOME TO THE SOPHOMORE CLASS SECTION

 

Sophomore year is a time when you need to start taking more personal responsibility for your academic and social development. You should begin to think about what courses interest you the most and begin to identify what your strengths and weaknesses are in the classroom. Also, sophomore year is a second chance to become involved in co-curricular activities.

Sophomore year is an important year as you plan ahead for life after Curley. As such, we provide opportunities for you to explore potential colleges and careers and also offer individual counseling related to post-secondary planning.  Earning high grades and further developing strong study habits are essential steps to take in your sophomore year to best prepare you for college and life after Curley.


ACADEMICS

Students and parents should be aware how important freshman year grades are in the college admissions process. The grades you earn as a 9th grader will make up 1/3 of the Grade Point Average colleges will look at when you apply early in your Senior year.

Generally speaking, four year colleges are looking for at least a 3.0 GPA which means you should set a goal of earning at least an 83 average in all of your course-work. Below is a conversion table that shows GPA values for number grades.

Grade 

GPA 

         

Grade 

GPA 

 92+

 4.0

 

 79

 2.4

 91

 3.9

 

 78

 2.3

 90

 3.8

 

 77

 2.2

 89

 3.7

 

 76

 2.1

 88

 3.6

 

 75

 2.0

 87

 3.5

 

 74

 1.8

 86

 3.4

 

 73

 1.6

 85

 3.3

 

 72

 1.4

 84

 3.2

 

 71

 1.2

 83

 3.0

 

 70

 1.0

 82

 2.9

 

 

 

 81

 2.7

 

 

 

 80

 2.5

 

 

 

Steps to take for having a strong sophomore year in the classroom:

  • Be prepared to work harder on your academics than you did during 9th grade.
  • Ask your teachers questions when you do not understand material.
  • Sophomore year typically involves taking Geometry and Biology which present many students with problems that require extra help from teachers and additional time for studying.
  • Go for extra help before and after school for classes that are most difficult for you.


COLLEGE PLANNING

Sophomores can do the following in order to best prepare for college:

  • Work hard to further develop strong study and time management skills.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities that involve your interests. Seek out leadership positions within these activities and organizations.
  • Talk to your counselor about careers you may want to pursue. Ask questions about college majors that relate to these careers. Use the software (See COIN Software Section below) the guidance office has in order to enhance your career and college planning.Discuss these careers with your friends, teachers, parents, and guidance counselor. 
  • Attend College Fairs and Open Houses in the Spring.