Welcome High School Students!

The choices you make as you plan out your high school career will have a significant impact on the options that are available to you in the future. It is important that you start to consider what your career interests might be, what institutions you may want to attend, and what resources will be available for you to pay for college.

More importantly, while college might not be in your immediate future right now, it is critical that you work to complete a rigorous high school curriculum that will allow you to pursue the complete range of post-secondary pathways that are available to you. If you chose not to complete a College and Career Ready Curriculum, you:

  • Will not meet the admission requirements of all public institutions in South Dakota.
  • Decrease your chance of being college ready once you arrive on campus.
  • Would fail to meet the academic eligibility requirements to compete in Division I and II athletic programs at colleges and universities throughout the country.
  • Decrease your chances for graduating with 4-6 years (22%) compared to those meeting readiness benchmarks (75%).
  • Are ineligible to receive some forms of financial support (SMART and Competitiveness Grants) that are available to needy students.
  • Tell employers that you will need additional training to obtain the skills needed to enter the workforce upon graduation.
  • Increase your chances of having to complete developmental coursework which not only extends the time to degree completion, but also increases the overall cost of your education.
This section will help you understand:
“Keys to Success”
1. You need postsecondary education!
2. You must take the right courses!
3. You can afford it!

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