Sophomore Year

You've done it!  You survived freshman year 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!
  • Read the Student Handbook and sign the last page acknowledging you have read it and understand the content. This page MUST be turned in to the Guidance office the first few weeks of school. 
  • Continue to take the most challenging courses you can.
  • Develop good time management skills – prioritizing your activities is critical for academic success.
  • Add the Naviance tool to your desktop on your home computer.



  • If you haven’t already, sign up for extracurricular activities or Community Education 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 guidance 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. 
  • Save your best work in academic courses and the arts for your academic portfolio (all year).



  • Investigate what courses you haven’t taken that may be beneficial for your post-high school plans.



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



  • If you're thinking about applying to selective colleges, talk to your guidance counselor and teachers about whether or not to take the SAT Subject Tests in your strong subjects this spring. 
  • Begin thinking about course selection for Junior year. 
  • Retake the career and interest inventories on Naviance you have taken previously. You may be surprised by a change in interest as you've taken more high school courses.


  • When selecting junior year courses, be sure to continue to challenge yourself academically, but realistically. Make sure course selections meet graduation and college requirements. 
  • See your counselor to take interest inventories to discover which career(s) might be a match for you. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the college application process
  • 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 guidance secretary.  You must have a commitment from an employer for a job before requesting a work permit.