9th Grade


Freshman Pathway

Freshmen are urged to take a challenging curriculum. However, there is no point in pressuring them to take a combination of courses that will become unmanageable, and cause them to do poorly during their first venture in high school.  Although colleges have differing course requirements, the majority fall in line with the Brentwood High School graduation requirements. Freshmen should focus their efforts, and attempt to become the type of students who can be described as “working to their potential.” There is no greater praise of a student. Students should also begin building relationships with their teachers. Their input may become critical as they inquire about colleges and as they do their course planning for the sophomore year.


Freshman “To Do” list:

  • Maintain an excellent attendance record. Missing classes can have a very detrimental impact on your learning and success.


  • Work at developing solid study skill habits. Consistently, always, regularly, concertedly do your homework! You can’t always control the results of a test, but it is just plain wasteful to miss points because you failed to submit homework.


  • Remember that your freshman year IS important. It is just a myth that “the freshman year doesn’t count.”


  • Become vocabulary conscious, look up words you don’t understand. They will become words you will be expected to KNOW on national tests.


  • Read…Read….READ…This is the best preparation there is for doing well on reading/writing national tests. There is a direct relationship to how well students do on the writing/reading parts of the SATs and with how much they read. So, turn off the computer and the TV and READ. It is too late to begin this habit as a junior hoping it will improve your SAT scores!


  • Participate in service activities and keep file to maintain a record of your efforts. Become “specialized” in an activity or activities that you enjoy – a sport (or more than one), or a club, or a church group, or a community endeavor, or student government – whatever you want. But don’t try to do too many things because it could interfere with your academics and that is a booby-trap you want to avoid. Also, don’t become a club “groupie” where you are just a member but don’t have the time or the interest to get very involved. As mentioned above, freshman should go out of their way to pursue school-related extracurricular activities. Campus clubs provide students with a wide range of interests to meet other like-minded students, as well community service & leadership opportunities!


Campus clubs: Provide students with a wide range of interests to meet other like-minded students, as well community service & leadership opportunities!


Counseling office: All students should become acquainted with their counselors, which is located in C-217 next door to the registrar’s office. You can investigate colleges and careers that seem to suit your interests and then gather information about them.