Sophomore Year


    You've done it!  You are no longer a freshman and you're on your way to bigger things.  Remember, grades count!  Too many seniors looking back on their high school years say, "I wish I'd worked harder."   Work to your best potential this year. Challenge yourself and get involved in the AHS community.  Let us know if we can be of help!


    • Continue to take courses that challenge you and are the best fit for your work ethic and ability level.
    • Continue developing good time management skills – prioritizing your activities is critical for academic success.  


    • If you haven’t already, sign up for extracurricular activities that interest you. The level of involvement is most important, not the number of activities. 
    • If you think you will be interested in initiating relationships with colleges that offer athletic scholarships, talk to your school counselor to understand the process. 
    • Begin looking into Community Service opportunities. Opportunities are posted on the service board in the Guidance office where you may stop in and take a look or see Ms. Shiels. Students need to complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service by the start of senior year. In order to be selected as a member of National Honor Society during your junior year, substantially more community service hours are required than the AHS requirements for graduation. 
    • Review Community Service Guidelines for AHS as well as the Community Service Resource Booklet
    • Complete and save copies of the Community Service Project Form for hours you've earned.



    • Make sure you stay on top of your academic work. If necessary, meet with your teachers for additional help and direction. 


    • Keep studying! 
    • Talk to friends who are home from college on break to find out about college firsthand.



    • Complete course selection for Junior year. 
    • Review the career and interest inventories on Naviance you have taken, and take any that you haven't taken to help you formulate your post high school plan. 


    • When selecting junior year courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself academically, but realistically. Make sure course selections meet graduation and college requirements.  
    • Start researching colleges and develop a system for organizing college materials. 
    • If your family travels over spring break, check out college campuses in the area, and arrange a tour if appropriate. 
    • Look into summer jobs. A work permit can be obtained by contacting the AHS school counseling secretary.  You must have a commitment from an employer for a job before requesting a work permit.