9th & 10th Grade Information

Information for 9th and 10th grade students and their parents

The single most important task for 9th and 10th graders is to build a strong academic foundation as they transition to Upper School. Students should delve into their coursework, get to know their teachers, advisors, and classmates, and join co-curricular activities. Admission officers are most interested in students who are involved in the academic and co-curricular life of the school community and who follow their passions. While college is on the minds of many students and parents, we do not want it to overshadow the essential learning and growing that takes place during the first two years of Upper School. We encourage students to find what they love to do and pursue it. Doing so will naturally help create the profile that will support the college application.

9th and 10th Grade College Planning Timeline

9th Grade First Semester:
  • Make your adjustment to Upper School. Work as hard as you can in your classes, seek help from your advisor and teachers if needed, and explore the many co-curricular opportunities here
  • Receive your Naviance (link to Naviance section of site) login and training in your Freshman Studies class
  • Begin keeping a résumé of co-curricular activities, community service projects, awards, and honors in and out of school on your Naviance account
9th Grade Second Semester:
For students interested in summer enrichment opportunities, review information on opportunities in the college counseling office and on Naviance under Enrichment Programs

10th Grade First Semester:
  • Take the PSAT in October
  • Update your résumé of activities in Naviance
10th Grade: Second semester
  • Receive and review your PSAT scores
  • Students and their parents are invited to attend some sessions of Junior Class College Day in late January/early February
  • Continue updating your résumé on your Naviance account
10th Grade: Summer
  • For those families eager to begin making college visits, explore one or two colleges to get a sense of what the campus is like.  Plan to take a tour and attend an information session. This is an informal exploration: sample any college that is convenient to visit; ask the college counseling office if you would like suggestions
  • For students interested in summer enrichment opportunities, review information on opportunities in the college counseling office and on Naviance under Enrichment Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When does the college process begin at Moses Brown?

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  • What courses should I take?

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  • How do admission officers know what courses are offered at Moses Brown?

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  • When should I start taking standardized testing?

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  • When should I start visiting colleges?

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  • What if I want to play a sport in college?

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  • What information is available to freshman and sophomores about college?

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