High School » Sophomores


10th Grade is the time to challenge yourself with your schedule, perhaps adding an Honors or AP course if you are recommended/able to do so, while continuing to have as strong grades as possible.
Direct your focus toward activities that you really enjoy and are passionate about. Take on leadership roles in your extra-curricular activities whenever possible and keep a record in the Resume section of the Naviance Family Connection website.
Continue visiting colleges locally, or if you are nearby on vacation, so that you can continue to form opinions about the types of colleges you may be interested in attending.
Standardized Testing
As a Sophomore at AJA, you will have the opportunity to take the PreACT exam in the fall. Colleges will never see this; it is simply a great opportunity to practice another standardized test so that you have a better sense of your skills and preferences when it is time to take the SAT and ACT Junior year.
SAT Subject Tests
If you are taking an AP course in 10th Grade, you may want to take the corresponding SAT II subject test, such as World History. Please consult with Ms. Levy about your plan for SAT II exams. SAT subject tests are not required by most colleges; they are recommended by some of the most selective/Ivy League universities and engineering/accelerated medical programs.

  • Meet with Ms. Levy to plan your Junior year course schedule and evaluate your extracurricular activities with your college goals in mind.
  • Begin to think more seriously about your career goals and interests.
  • Use the Career Interest Profiler in Naviance Family Connection to learn about careers that are appropriate for you to consider.
  • Ask people in the community about their education and about their profession. They might let you “shadow” them on the job for a day.
  • Spend time afterwards reflecting on your career interest and see if anything has changed.