Continuing with the High School, College & Career Preparation Instruction students receive in 8th grade, freshman start their high school journey with the courses chosen.
At the beginning of the school year, teachers & administration encourage students to get involved in one of the extracurricular activities the school offers and making a resume of these activities for college applications. Since a good portion of CSA students are involved in outside-of-school endeavors, they are encouraged to add these activities to the resume.
During the Fall semester, information is sent to parents & students regarding college entrance requirements so that students can cross-reference his/her personal course selection and graduation plan to his/her possible future college(s).
Throughout the Fall & Spring semester, students take rigorous courses with challenging curriculum that contains a thread of SAT/ACT/PSAT/TSIA preparation.
As the end of the Fall semester approaches and midterms loom over freshman, students are reminded of prerequisites needed to take Pre-AP and AP courses during his/her sophomore year. Students are encouraged to study hard for midterm exams as it will directly affect his/her GPA & Class rank.
At the beginning of the Spring semester, freshman are introduced to his/her first GPA & Class rank calculation and are informed of its importance to college admissions.
During the Spring semester, students are introduced to a CSA counseling video series on How to Think About Choosing a College. This helps prepare freshmen to get into the mindset of determining what he/she wants out of his/her college experience.
Toward the end of the Spring semester, freshman are given an updated copy of his/her Personal Graduation Plan to help start the annual scheduling process for the subsequent school year. Freshmen are also given a copy of personalized Graduation Requirements to determine his/her progress toward his/her individual goals for post-secondary success. College entrance requirements are always a focus of this process to ensure that students earn necessary credits (and associated levels of those credits).