Grade Level Information


Click on the blue bars below for grade-appropriate information on the college selection and application process.

Grade 9

  • Learn to balance your academic demands, social time and extracurriculars.
  • Explore the extracurricular life of the school: try out for plays; join a club that matches your interests or hobbies.
  • Play a sport or exercise regularly.
  • Make an effort to meet with your teachers outside of class when you have questions or want to pursue a topic further.
  • Get to know at least one adult in the school well—find a mentor to help you navigate Upper School.
  • Make time to read more than your assignments. Try to read the newspaper to keep abreast of current events.
  • Select a topic that really interests you for your Grade 10 Project.
  • Take advantage of living in the DC area. Get downtown; go to museums; attend some lectures.
  • Try new things academic—and otherwise.
  • Choose your course options for 10th grade.
  • Do something interesting with your summer...this doesn't have to be a class, or something that you think others would want you to do, just something that interests you.
See standardized testing page for information on testing in Grade 9.

Grade 10

  • Keep doing the positive things you did in 9th grade.
  • Take the practice PSAT administered at WIS in October.
  • Attend the introduction to the IB Diploma Program event held at WIS in December.
  • Start thinking about your strengths, weaknesses and what you might want to study in college as you explore which subjects to select for the Diploma Program.
  • Meet with the university counselors in the spring to pick your Diploma Program courses.
  • Find something to do for your community service hours that you would continue into the 11th and 12th grades.
  • Again, do something interesting with your summer... this doesn't have to be a class, or something that you think others would want you to do, just something that interests you.
See standardized testing page for information on testing in Grade 10.

Grade 11

  • Keep making the most of your classes and your time.
  • Over 100 colleges come visit WIS every year. These are important opportunities for students to begin distinguishing between their different options, as well as connecting with admissions officers from universities around the world.
  • Take the PSAT administered at WIS in October.
  • Take the practice ACT given during parent conferences.
  • Review PSAT results (available in December); carefully read the bulletin explaining scores, paying particular attention to suggestions for improvement.
  • Attend the evening College Program in January.
  • Read information in your University Counseling notebook.
  • Begin meeting with your university counselor to determine your college search criteria.
  • Set up a family meeting with your university counselor.
  • Visit some colleges as time permits (spring break is a popular time).
  • Take the SAT in March (occasionally moved to April to accommodate religious holidays).
  • Consider taking AP exams in appropriate subjects.
  • Take SAT Subject Tests in appropriate subjects (usually in May and June).
  • Meet periodically with your university counselor; begin to identify schools that might be on your list.
  • Consider taking the ACT exam if you are not pleased with your SAT results.
  • Think about your potential academic interests at college and explore one in the summer, either through an internship, job, or class.
See standardized testing page for information on testing in Grade 11.

Grade 12

  • Attend college application bootcamp the week before school starts to get questions answered regarding college applications.
  • Enjoy and continue to do well in your senior year.
  • Work closely with your university counselor throughout the fall as you fill out applications and finalize your list of colleges.
  • Retake ACT, SAT or SAT subject tests as needed.
  • Stay abreast of all deadlines, interviews, meetings, etc.
  • Meet with college representatives here at school; visit campuses.
  • Complete and file all applications.
See standardized testing page for information on testing in Grade 12.
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