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General Information About Ninth Grade
Ninth Grade marks the transition from middle to high school. While writing assignments get progressively more challenging and include longer-term assignments such as research papers and persuasive essays, reading assignments become tedious and more advanced, and math topics including algebra, algebra II, trigonometry, and calculus continue to grow in their complexity. Ninth Graders often require substantial support services to navigate the new complexities of high school: social, academic, athletic, and collegiate. Grades earned in Ninth Grade will appear on college applications, as will all extracurricular activities, clubs, leadership activities, community service, and school spirit activities.
NC Global Ninth Grade Plan
An NC Global Plan for Ninth Graders uniquely offers strategies for success that include academic support, writing workshops for essays, tips for active reading, and study skills and time management. It also typically includes a test-taking and test-preparation plan, as well as early-stage college admission planning. In general, the NC Global Ninth Grade Plans allow students to draw out the college admission process, using time to the best possible advantage. As part of this, we provide assistance in finding highly sought long-term internships, meaningful jobs, community service, and prestigious summer academic programs and opportunities.
Early College Admission Counseling
Many students wait until the summer before Twelfth Grade to work on the college admission process. It is not until it is too late that they find out that they have missed the opportunity to maximize their odds of admission to top choice colleges. NC Global, by spreading out the process over several years and employing admissions strategies developed by founder and admissions expert Neil Chyten, helps students both create and take advantage of opportunities to enhance their college applications and résumés that would otherwise not exist. At NC Global, not only do we ensure that students check all the appropriate boxes on their college applications, we also make sure that those boxes contain powerfully advantageous information that top colleges demand as part of their ultra-competitive student vetting process. In other words, we help students maximize their likelihood of acceptance by building profiles that are just as true as they are truly outstanding.
SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Test Preparation
|Annual Scheduling of Testing by Month|
|Month||SAT||SAT Subject Tests||ACT|
|May||Note: All AP exams are given in May|
For some students, starting to prepare for and take tests in Ninth Grade can be a highly rewarding strategy. Why? First, since you control all your scores, you decide which ones colleges see and which ones they don’t. As such, tests can be taken purely for practice and familiarization purposes – and who knows? Perhaps you’ll ace your tests the first time, leaving lots of time to focus on other aspects of the college application (like AP courses, AP tests, and grades!).
In Ninth Grade, most students take Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to take the corresponding SAT Subject Test on the first Saturday in June.
It also makes sense to begin selecting ACT or SAT, and then moving down a gradual path of skill building and preparation for the corresponding test. This would involve working with practice questions and passages to gain comfort and familiarity. You could even take the ACT or SAT (or both) in Ninth Grade. Since most colleges superscore the ACT and SAT, taking tests early can allow students to focus on individual test sections, thus producing highly elevated subscores, which in turn produce much higher ACT and SAT superscores.
NC Global provides professional tutors for all subjects and tests. NC Global tutors provide a number of services, from mediation in difficult subjects, to advanced learning, to short term tutoring for quizzes and tests. Additionally, NC Global tutors provide editing, proofreading, and comprehension assistance with reading and writing assignments.