10th Grade Checklist

Things to consider for 10th grade students with a disability and their parents when preparing for a post-secondary education

Students should...

    • Continue attending IEP meetings and become more involved in the decisions made.
    • Search the Internet and other resources (i.e., books, articles) to learn more about your condition.
    • Identify how the condition impacts you in the classroom, at work, and in social settings.
      • You should be able to discuss your condition and its impact with the IEP team.
    • Learn more about the differences between academic adjustments in college and high school.
      • For example, unlimited time may be provided in high school, whereas 50% or 100% more time may be provided in college.
    • Begin to utilize academic adjustments that are more in line with what is used in college.
      • If student is using unlimited time on exams, switch to 50% or 100% more time.
      • Individualized instruction and certain modifications used in high school will not be provided at the post-secondary level.
    • Utilize an academic adjustment letter and self-advocate for academic adjustments in courses (i.e., if extended time is needed, the student should be provided with a letter from the special education department stating extended time is needed for testing. The letter should state a specific amount of time 50% or 100%.
      • The student would...
        • make an appointment to meet with their teacher
        • present the academic adjustment letter
        • discuss the academic adjustment
        • make arrangements for the test adjustment
      • This is the process used in most post-secondary schools.
    • Participate in a career assessment and make appropriate career choices.  These choices should match your individual strengths and goals for post-secondary education.
    • Research the entrance requirements for admission to post-secondary schools and colleges.
    • Meet with guidance counselors to determine if the courses taken in high school meet the post-secondary school or college entrance requirements.
    • Continue searching Web sites for post-secondary schools and colleges.
      • Make a list of the schools that match areas of interest (i.e., major, location, size, cost, etc.).
    • Visit and tour colleges and post-secondary school campuses.
    • Become involved in activities beyond the classroom (i.e., clubs, sports, student government, community service, volunteer organizations, etc).
      • Post-secondary schools look for these activities in addition to grades and test scores when determining admissions.
    • Discuss options and choices with parents (e.g., a post-secondary school that the student chooses may not fit into the family budget).
    • Take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) for practice.
      • Check the box that releases your name to colleges to receive brochures.
      • Visit the College Board for more information
    • Consider taking the SAT II Subject Tests in your sophomore courses.

      Parents should...

      • Continue involvement in the IEP process.
        • Allow their child to advocate for themselves during the IEP meeting including discussing their disability and needs in the classroom.
      • Continue to discuss their child's post high school plans.
      • Research information (e.g., via telephone calls and internet) regarding college and post-secondary costs, financial aid, and scholarships.