Welcome, Freshman Class of 2026! Please see below for helpful resources.
Course Planning for Rising 9th Graders
If you were unable to attend our event, please feel free to view a narrated presentation with helpful information here. Contact your school counselor with any questions.
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Governor's School for Science and Technology Information - Students may apply to the Governor's School for Science and Technology (GSST) during their 10th grade year. The GSST is a highly competitive program for high-achieving and highly motivated students with a focus on science, mathematics, technology, and advanced research. Follow the link to view the GSST Parent Information Presentation.
New Horizons Career & Technical Education Center (CTE) - New Horizons CTE Center offers 25 trade courses to high school juniors and seniors. Students have the opportunity to fulfill required high school elective credits at one of the New Horizons facilities for half of the school day. Students will earn industry level credentialing and/or college credit for the class. See your school counselor for more information.
Course Planning - If you were unable to attend our Course Planning Night or would like to review the presentation, we've got you covered! This presentation will walk you through graduation requirements and diploma types, credits and verified credits, the YCSD Honors and specialty programs, course options, and next steps. Please see your school counselor for more information. If you are a rising 9th grade student or family, click here for a presentation specifically catered to you!
Opportunities Booklet - The Opportunities Booklet is your guide to prepare for continuing education beyond high school, whether attending a career and technical education institution, community college, or four-year college or university.
Big Future - Big Future is a free, comprehensive set of digital resources that helps guide students through the journey to plan, search, and pay for college.
AP Credit Policy Search - Your AP Scores could earn you college credit or advanced placement (meaning you could skip certain courses in college). Use the AP Credit Policy Search to find colleges that offer credit or placement for AP Scores.
AP Score Reporting - Please note that Grafton High School does not get individual score reports. To get college credit or placement for your AP scores, you have to request that the College Board send an official AP score report to the college. Follow this link for more information and frequently asked questions.
Transfer Virginia - Dual enrollment opportunities offer courses through which you may earn college credits. You must have a 3.0 GPA to enroll in a DE course. Click this link to learn more about making the most of dual enrollment classes and how they can transfer to Transfer Virginia partner Institutions.
Community Service Log - Use the Community Service Log to track your volunteer hours. Community service hours may be logged for various Honor Societies, the Honors Program, and/or the Board of Education Seal for Excellence in Civics Education. See the YCSD Program of Studies or your school counselor for more information.
Khan Academy Free Online Study Resource - Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard for math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more! Simply select a course or use the search box.
Khan Academy SAT Test Prep - Utilize Khan Academy's free, personalized test practice plan to maximize your SAT score!
Study Skills Tips (video) - Feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to studying? These 9 Study Tips may help!
Pomodoro Time Management Technique - Getting things done on time can be challenging when faced with distractions. Try this technique for focused work with planned breaks in between.
NCAA Eligibility Center - Want to play college sports? If you want to compete in NCAA sports, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Plan to register early, before the end of your sophomore year of high school. Follow this link for information on navigating the registration process.
Freshman Year Checklist - Use the checklist below from the Opportunities booklet to help keep you on track as you navigate your Freshman year and prepare for post-secondary college or career readiness!