PTC focuses on strategies and skills essential for college preparation and for life-long learning.

College Preparation Checklist:

9th Grade

  • Develop strong study habits
  • Take challenging core classes
  • Take Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • Activity List of awards, honors
  • Participate in volunteer experiences
  • Resume internships and employment
  • Thinking about your career interests
  • Register with
  • Register with MyFSA @
  • Research career and college options

10th Grade

  • Starting thinking about a college that fits you
  • Visits college campuses and look at their catalogs
  • Continue to take challenging core classes
  • Meet with counselor to discuss college requirements
  • Make the most of high school academics & activities
  • Take an SAT prep course
  • Take appropriate standardized tests

11th Grade

  • Challenge yourself academically
  • Familiarize yourself with the college application process
  • Investigate scholarship opportunities early
  • Investigate Financial Aid
  • Understand college costs
  • Take the SAT of ACT
  • Inquire with University to see which exam they require

12th Grade

  • Continue challenging classes
  • Seek leadership roles in activities
  • Meet with counselor to confirm graduation requirements
  • Ask for recommendation letters early
  • Prepare college applications and give yourself time
  • Request transcripts well in advance of application due date
  • Prepare appropriately and pay close attention to deadlines

Middle School Students and High School Every Year

  • Do your best in school
  • Develop Strong study habits
  • Get help from teacher/tutor/mentor
  • Get involved in school activities
  • Participate in community projects
  • Meet new people
  • Learn new things
  • Explore career interests
  • Review your progress annually
  • Think about college as your future
  • Discuss your thoughts with family
  • Start saving for college

College/University Requirements

  • English 4 years
  • Social Studies 4 years
  • History
  • Civics
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Mathematics 4 years
  • Science 4 years
  • Foreign Language 4 years
  • Electives
  • Computer Science
  • Arts