24 College Recommended Courses College admissions officers generally recommend students take the following college prep courses in high school: 4 years of English 3 years of science 3-4 years of math (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) 3 years of social studies 2-3 years of the same foreign language 1 year of fine or performing arts College Timetable This section will give you some basic guidelines on what you need to do at each grade level to prepare for college. For additional informa- tion or for personal advice, see your counselor. Freshman Year – ninth grade When you become a freshman, everything starts to “count.” All of your fresh- mancourses,grades,andcreditswillbeonyourtranscript,andyour freshman grades will be used to calculate your GPA. Freshman activities, honors, and awards can also be listed on college and scholarship applications. During your freshman year, work hard to get good grades, become involved in activities, and establish good study habits. Sophomore Year – tenth grade In addition to working hard in school and being involved in activities, try to identify your abilities, interests, and aptitudes. Look for opportunities to develop your skills and talents.