Middle School Students

You are smart to start thinking about becoming a Wildcat!  Middle school (or junior high,) is a great time to start exploring who you are, what your future plans may be, and if you are headed on a path towards college. 

The academic classes you take in high school are designed to prepare you to enter college after graduation. Doing well in these classes can provide options to attend a wide variety of colleges, qualify for scholarships to pay for school, and create a wealth of opportunities for your future. Developing good study habits, test taking skills, and planning ahead in middle school, can prepare you for being successful in high school.

We have compiled a list of helpful resources to get you started. Take some time to research what your plans after high school might look like.  For more information about CSU, Chico, sign up for a fastPASS account.

  • As an 8th grader, you should consider taking college preparatory courses (also called A-G requirements) while in middle school. You can start by taking algebra 1 or the first year of a foreign language to get a jump start on requirements.
  • Take the ACT Explore test to evaluate your skillset.
  • Visit CSU Mentor for advice on planning for college in middle school.
  • How to Get to College highlights college and career options and planning for courses in 9th grade.
  • Discover the 23 different California State University campuses.
  • Take a virtual or photo tour of CSU, Chico or start exploring majors on campus.
  • Get preparation tips for you and your parents to start discussing.
  • Make a plan for your future on College Board’s website.
  • Start saving money for college application fees, college-related exams, and tuition fees.