Middle School Students

We are excited for you to be a future 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 the path towards college. Doing well in academic classes in middle school and high school, 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 success in high school and beyond.

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. 

  • 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.
  • How to Get to College highlights college and career options and planning for courses in 9th grade.
  • Explore what higher education in California has to offer.
  • Discover the 23 different California State University campuses.
  • Take a virtual or photo tour of CSU, Chico or start exploring majors on campus.
  • For more information about CSU, Chico, sign up for a fastPASS account.
  • Take the ACT Explore test to evaluate your skillset.
  • Visit CSU Mentor for advice on planning for college in middle school.
  • Make a plan for your future on College Board’s website.
  • Get preparation tips for you and your parents to start discussing.
  • Start saving money for college application fees, college-related exams, and tuition fees.