This is a great article on why preparing for college should start in 9th grade

My daughter is a rising sophomore, and we have already laid out a plan for working with a college coach starting this year, preparing for the SAT exams starting next summer, researching pre-college programs for next summer, and laying out her courses and electives for the next 3 years.

I talk to too many families who fail to plan, and it sets their children up to fail. It is important that students use their high school years to set a path for college and career (even if they are not sure yet what they want to do).

I especially like the recommendation to “find and follow your passions”. My older son has built a career and a successful business around following his passions, and this started when he was in high school.