11th Grade: Kicking into High Gear

Your junior year is where momentum really starts to build. Check in with your counselor and make sure you’re taking the right classes to get you where you want to go. You’ll be looking more closely at colleges, training programs, and jobs and getting serious about your post-graduation options. There’s a lot to do this year but remember—the future looks bright.

Tackle your junior year!

Your guidance counselor, college and career advisor, and trusted teachers are there to make sure you get the answers you need to make your post-high school plans. Meet with your go-to advising person several times this year to discuss career paths, college, and technical training options. Have specific questions prepared each time, so that you can walk away with usable information and tasks to complete.

Next Steps

  • Use this guide to identify issues and think through what you want to ask your counselor before meeting with them.  

Verify that you have taken, or are taking, classes that will help you achieve your career goals. Idaho’s high school graduation requirements match up with the admissions requirements for all Idaho public colleges and universities, but you may want to consider taking additional credits in specific subject areas if you have a career goal in mind, seek to earn college credits prior to attending, or are applying to colleges that have different requirements.

Next Steps

  • Review Idaho’s graduation requirements.
  • It’s not too late to start taking career and technical education classes to prepare for a job after high school.
  • Learn more about dual credit classes.
  • If you are enrolled in a pathway career and technical education (CTE) program you may start earning SkillStack® badges this year. These badges stack up to Technical Competency Credits which can get you ahead in your technical college program.

The grades you’re earning right now will impact your options next year. A solid GPA means you’ll be eligible to enroll in Idaho public universities or compete for an apprenticeship or good job after high school. A really strong GPA could mean more scholarship money for college or career training. So stay focused and ask for help if you need it, particularly if there’s a class or two where you’re struggling to maintain a high grade.

Demonstrating that you are a student with diverse skills and interests will help you get into college and can lead to scholarship opportunities. Join a club, do a sport, or volunteer in your community. Whether it’s school-based or community activity, find something you can be passionate about and do it!

Next Steps

  • Explore school-based extracurricular activities on the Idaho High School Activities Association website.
  • Consider joining one (or more) of the seven career and technical education (CTE) student organizations.
  • Try working part-time to save for college and learn about the types of tasks/activities you enjoy as well as those you don’t. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and what you want in a career.
  • Check out the Idaho Department of Labor’s job search
  • Attend a career fair. Talk with employers and ask questions about the field and qualifications they are looking for. Also, ask them about professional or “soft skills,” you may need to develop before applying for jobs that interest you. 

A lot of things factor into making sure a school or program is right for you: what you plan to study, class size, housing options, transportation, cost, etc. While you don’t have to figure everything out before you graduate, you may feel more confident if you take some time now to consider what you want later.

Next Steps

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Explore Higher Education in Idaho

Choosing a college is a big decision. Check out this helpful handbook from the Idaho Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to learn more about Idaho’s 12 colleges and figure out which one is a good fit for you!
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It's Okay to Brag. Sometimes.

Applying for jobs, to college, and for scholarships involved a fair bit of talking yourself up. Use this template to organize and record your accomplishments. It'll come in handy when you're writing a resume and asking for letters of recommendation.