Are you thinking about college?
High school matters, starting from day one, and are there advantages to planning for college earlier rather than later. No matter what type of college a student will attend the classes a student chooses, and the effort made in those classes, paints a picture for college admissions officers. Not that students need to overload their schedules with honors and AP courses but students should strongly consider taking the most challenging courses that they, as an individual, can while earning high grades.
There can be numerous opportunities for student to grow intellectually outside of their high school experience. Outside organizations, including universities, can offer classes and research projects both of which can influence college admission counselors. Sometimes these opportunities can be difficult to locate so it will benefit them to learn how to find and take advantage of these offerings.