Counseling: Grade Level Information

Grade Level Information

Student Services has provided specific grade level information for students and parents including course selection, college preparation, career planning, and standardized testing.

9th Grade

The most important thing in 9th grade is to earn the highest grade in each class possible. Because students are building their high school grade point average (GPA) and these grades are recorded on their permanent high school transcript, it is essential that students do their best.

Begin logging volunteer work—whether it be Relay for Life, coaching in the summer, or projects through youth group, these experiences will be very beneficial when applying for scholarships or writing college essays. Also include any awards, academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, and camps with specialty focuses such as music, arts and science.

Have your child meet with the counselor and make sure that he or she is enrolled in college-preparatory courses, and is on track for Advanced Placement. The counselor can also assist with career planning and college exploration.

Get involved in extracurricular activities to help develop time-management and enrich the school experience.

If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel opportunities to visit colleges and see what they’re like. Even if there is no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you and your child learn what to look for in a college.

Visit for some reasons to consider college and ways you can get help.

10th Grade

Top 10 Most Important Things for Sophomores to Know:

Stay focused on your grades and be sure you know your Grade Point Average (GPA).  Remember that each high school course you take will be listed on your transcript along with the grade you receive in each course.  Your transcript is one of four primary sources of data that colleges will use to determine your eligibility for admission.  Colleges want to see that you chose to take rigorous courses and that you earned good grades in those courses. The other three important sources of data colleges will look for are your ACT (or SAT) score, your extracurricular activities, and your personal statement.
Make up lost credit now if necessary.  If you have lost credit in one or more courses, you should speak to your counselor as soon as possible about when and how to make up that credit.  Once a student loses more than three credits, he/she is considered to be NOT on track for graduation.  GLHS offers several ways to recover lost credit - see your counselor soon to get yourself back on track to graduate with your class.

Get involved!  It is important to get involved with at least one or two clubs or activities inside or outside of school. You will have fun connecting with others who have similar interests.  You may also (hopefully) have an opportunity to take a leadership role within those organizations- something colleges will look upon favorably.

Consider taking the PSAT exam in October.  It is good practice to sit for the PSAT exam this year, even though you cannot qualify for the National Merit Scholarship awards until your junior year.  The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.
  • See your counselor for more information about registering for the PSAT.

Choose 10th and 11th grade courses carefully.  Remember that rigor is important. You also want to choose courses that are related to your future career goals if possible.
Start researching careers and colleges online.  An excellent resource, visit Career Cruising through PowerSchool.                       
Start visiting colleges!  It’s never too early to start visiting college campuses.  Be sure to call the admissions office of the college prior to your visit, as there may be a special event or group tour taking place around the time you plan to be there.  You will also probably learn more about the college if you have the opportunity to meet with someone from the admissions office.  Even if you think you know where you want to attend college, it is still a good idea to explore all of your options by visiting schools with small, medium-sized and large student populations.
Attend Dr. Frank Bernier’s College Planning 101 seminar in the fall.  Dr. Bernier has a wealth of information to share with students and parents/guardians about anything and everything related to the college admissions process.  He visits many of the local area high schools, including GLHS, and offers this seminar free of charge.  This event is highly recommended by our counseling office!
Attend the Lansing Community College Career Prep Center Visitation Day in December.  You have an incredible opportunity to attend the Career Preparation Center as a junior and/or senior!  See your counselor or go to to discover the many programs LCC has to offer. The application deadline is in February.  See your counselor for more information about the application process.

11th Grade

1st Trimester
  • Check the announcements for college admissions and meet with the representatives during lunch that are visiting.

  • Start visiting colleges on the weekends.

  • Study for the PSAT NMSQT to try and become a National Merit Scholar. This test is in October. 

  • Make sure your PSAT scores are linked in your khan academy account. If you do not know how to do this make an appointment with your counselor.

  • Attend LCC College Night West. Information can be obtained on

  • Sign up for a practice SAT/ACT workshops. 

  • Visit and for test dates and other tools.

  • If you are planning on playing sports in college, review the NCAA/NAIA eligibility requirements at

  • Make sure you work hard to achieve the best grades possible. Remember you apply to college after your 11th grade year.

2nd Trimester
  • Review your PSAT score with your counselor. Prepare for upcoming SAT/ACT tests.

  • Study for the SAT visit  for the question of the day and other prep tools.

  • Research colleges and universities; review their entrance requirements and grade point average guidelines.

  • Explore career options: College, Military, and Technical Training.

  1. Sign up for Career Prep Center by applying online and meet with your counselor to ensure your will be meeting your graduation requirements if you participate in this program.

  2. Visit the Eaton ISD Career Preparation Center at LCC West Campus in December. If you are interested in a progam return the application and your Grand Ledge High School driving form to your counselor in early February.  

  • Sign up to listen to the Capital Area Healthcare Education Partnership presentation in the counseling office in December/January. Attend the CAHEP presentation in December. 517-364-3115

  • Review your transcript with your high school counselor.

3rd Trimester
  • Review your transcript with your counselor to ensure you are meeting the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements and plan your classes for your senior year. 

  • Learn your college program requirements.

  • Sign up for a dual enrollment course for your senior year.

  • Sign up to test out of a class.

  • Sign up for summer school in May.

  • Ask your teachers for letters of recommendation. 

Summer before your senior year
  • Filll out the Senior information form and turn it into your counselor.  Click here for form
  • If you are playing sports in college, register with the NCAA eligibility center. 

  • Job Shadow

  • Send in your college applications after your transcript is ready.

  • Visit Colleges

  • Attend summer school if you need to make up credits or take a correspondence course.

  • Research scholarships.


12th Grade / Graduation Information



Mandatory Senior Meeting Wednesday October 11th, 2017 @ 8:00 am- for students- You will be given information about ordering your cap and grown, Graduation requirements and taking a class photo.

November - Order Cap and Gown

May 2nd, 2018 - Oscar Night @ 7:30pm in the High School Auditorium

Tuesday May 22nd, 2018 - Senior recognition at 8:30am in the High School Auditorium

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 - Please clean out your locker.

Friday May 25th, 2018 - Last Day of School is (1/2 day).  All books must be turned in by and any perosnal items left in your locker after May 26th will be disposed of.

*Please save all documents from your student google account.  Your account will be disconnected by June 1st, 2018 and you will not be able to retrieve your documents or e-mails.

Friday June 1st, 2018 - Graduation Ceremony @ 7:00pm - 9:30pm ALL GRADUATES MUST BE AT THE BRESLIN TUNNEL AREA BY 6:15 pm  IN THEIR CAPS AND GOWNS READY TO LINE UP!  

The following Breslin Center gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for all guests:

Southwest Harrison (former Gate C)

Northwest Kalamazoo (former Gate D)

Northeast Kalamazoo (former Gate A)


  • Admission is free; there is no limit on the number of guests per student.
  • Seating for genral audience on the concourse level.  All seating is on a first come/first served basis-there are no seating reservations.
  • Platforms 135, 104,106, 111, 113 and 115 are open for handicapped audience accommodations.   Those wishing to be seated in a platform will need to check in at Guest Services for an admittance voucher


Final Transcripts - All seniors are required to send their final transcript to the college they will be attending.  Final transcripts will not be available until end of June.  Students are welcome to log into their Parchment account now to request their transcript be forwarded to their school of choice; when placing your order it is important that you select " Hold For Grades", which will indicate that you want your final transcript mailed in late June.


General Information

  1. Read the daily announcements – available on the district website and posted on the bulletin board outside the counseling office

  2. Attend all senior meetings

  3. Stay focused on academics – ALL YEAR

  4. Request a copy of your transcript to every trimester to review

  5. Make sure you are meeting the requirements of the MI Merit Curriculum (MMC) – refer to the “Graduation” category for details

  6. Complete the “Senior Information Form” for Ms. Woodworth – blank forms are available in the counseling office.  The information is used for college admissions and scholarship applications.

Career Planning

  1. Update your Educational Development Plan (EDP) on Career Cruising – your username and password are available in the counseling office

  2. Discuss options of job shadowing, work experience, co-op

College Planning

  1. Attend college night events – “College Night West” at LCC, October – specific dates are available at

  2. Plan to talk with college admissions representatives during lunches

  3. Visit college websites

  4. Visit college campuses

  5. Complete college applications – before October 15 – refer to the “College Planning” category for the process

  6. IF you plan to participate in sports in college, register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association –

Scholarship Information

  1. Read the daily announcements

  2. Inquire at outside sources – employers, clubs, organizations

  3. Do an internet search – such as through: or

  4. Discuss options with the financial aid office of the college you plan to attend

  5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – go to: for details.  Attend “College Goal Sunday” at LCC West in February – a free workshop to answer questions about the FAFSA and financial aid, in general.