What should students do in Tenth Grade?
Students need to focus on academic engagement: participation in class, academic exploration outside of class, articulating personal interests, and researching how to pursue them further. Tenth graders should look carefully at Maumee Valley’s Intensives
as a useful avenue for 1) satisfying academic requirements in a creative manner, and 2) pursuing personal interests outside of school.
Students will take the PSAT for the first time in October of their tenth grade year. This testing scenario is WHOLLY practice. (These scores are NOT sent to college, nor do they count toward National Merit recognition.) Students and parents can examine results of this test as an indicator for future performance on standardized tests, and, in discussions with the college counselor, can decide if any additional test preparation would enhance performance.
What should parents do when their child is in Tenth Grade?
Parents need to research and schedule vacation trips that allow students to see a range of schools: state schools, research institutions, small, liberal arts schools, faith-based schools, rural schools, urban schools, etc.
Parents should attend 10th Grade Parent Night in March.
Parents should read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
Goals of Tenth Grade
Students should make choices about Intensives and activities, focusing on those that will allow them to grow as students and people. They should commit to activities, learn from the actions and contributions of older students, and put that learning into practice.
What to do during the summer following Tenth Grade?
Students should do something that challenges them intellectually: take a class, attend a college program, or engage in a language immersion. They should follow up on any volunteer projects they might have done the summer prior.
And always: read good books!