Science Hill High School Checklist For Freshman & Sophomores

A printable version can be found HERE.

  • Schedule a meeting with your counselor. Check and recheck graduation requirements. You are responsible for making sure you have completed all steps.
  • The big 4!! High GPA, High ACT, a challenging curriculum, and getting an UPDATED resume.  We recommend taking ACT once you have taken or concurrently w/ Alg 2 in most cases.  You must take the ACT one time in order to graduate from SHHS. High achieving 10-11th graders should take the PSAT.
  • Stop by Room 527 in Counselor Row and meet our school registrar, Mrs. Robinson. She can answer questions about transcripts, Parchment, community service, etc.
  • Complete your community service requirement of 40 hours & turn your forms in to the SHHS registrar.
  • Read the SHHS daily announcements to learn about parent meetings, local scholarships, deadlines, and college representative visits, SUMMER PROGRAMS, etc.
  • Check the counselor’s website regularly at and our NEW Canvas page (being created). This website has helpful info regarding scholarships, ACT/SAT, college selection process and financial aid information.
  • Sign up for our Remind services if you have not already done so. We will text or email you important information and reminders. See the counseling website for instructions on how to sign up.
  • Prepare for the ACT/SAT by registering for the SHHS ACT Prep class, taking a challenging curriculum, and taking time to study for the exam. Extended time testing for those who qualify must be requested 6 weeks prior to regular registration deadlines.  Only certain test dates allow extended time.
  • Athletes who wish to play Division I or II sports must register with NCAA Eligibility Center at org. ACT/SAT scores must be sent directly from testing agency by using code 9999. Students attending an NAIA school should go to to register.   ACT/SAT scores must be sent from the testing agency by using code 9876.
  • Begin making visits to prospective colleges/ technology centers, etc. If recommendations are required for a summer camp, Gov school, scholarship, etc, give the teachers and your counselor at least three weeks to complete these.  Always provide an updated resume when requesting recommendations.
  • Begin searching for scholarships on the college websites and at: com,,, and  Be sure to go to: to complete your REQUIRED career assessment.  Local scholarships become available in January of senior year. 
  • Pay attention to the counseling department’s bulletin boards across the hall from our offices, check our Counseling website, and visit the Counseling Canvas page (under construction – available soon).
  • Types of recognitions available upon graduation at SHHS: Graduate of Honors (ACT scores), Graduate of Distinction, TN Scholars, and Work Ethics Diploma.  See your counselor for more info.
  • AP Capstone program – To earn an AP Capstone Diploma, you will need to take an AP Seminar class (Junior year), AP Research class (Senior year), along with 4 other AP level courses during your high school career AND earn a score of 3 or higher on each of the six AP exams. See counselor for more info
  • Participate in EPSO’s (Early Post Secondary Opportunities) as appropriate: Dual enrollment, Industry certifications, AP courses, CLEP exams (Computer Apps and Bridge math), or Dual credits courses (Speech, US History, Plant Science, Criminal Justice for the 2018-2019 school year).
  • Maintain good attendance and high GPA for insurance purposes and better high school experience.