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What Can My Child do to Prepare for College?

There is no substitution for your child getting a solid and broad academic education.  A college education builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the earlier years. This means your child should take challenging courses in academic subjects and maintain good grades in school.  Your child’s transcript will be an important part of his or her college application.

A student’s interpersonal and leadership skills as well as outside interests and goals are all important for college preparation.  Independent reading and study, extracurricular activities, and work experience will all help your child develop his or her skills, interests and goals.


Help your teen plan for college

Preparing for college requires organization! 

Purchase file folders and keep them in a file cabinet drawer or file box. 
Provide one folder for the following:

· Each college you are researching

· Report cards and transcripts

· Standardized test scores

· Community service, extracurricular activities, and honors/awards

· Information on federal or state financial aid programs and other scholarship information

· Statements of college savings accounts and copies of IRS tax returns

7th and 8th Grade

· Maintain high academic expectations and encourage your teen to strive to earn “A” and “B” grades in all classes, especially in English and Math.

· Help your teen improve his/her study and test-taking skills and encourage his/her best job on all standardized testing.

· Begin to explore college campuses as you travel on family vacations or take virtual campus tours through the Internet.

· If your teen is eligible, have him/her participate in talent searches provided by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, UC Irvine, or Cal State Los Angeles.

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A-G Requirements

"The intent of the "a-g" subject requirements is to ensure that students can participate fully in the first-year program at the University in a wide variety of fields of study. The requirements are written deliberately for the benefit of all students expecting to enter the University, and not for preparation for specific majors. UC faculty consider the Subject Requirement to be effective preparation, on many levels, for undergraduate work at the University. This pattern of study assures the faculty that the student has attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. Fulfillment of the "a-g" pattern also demonstrates that the student has attained essential critical thinking and study skills."  

A-G Guide


Who uses the "a-g" requirements?

California State System

University of California System

How will my child meet these subject requirements?