It's never too soon to start thinking about college! While colleges do not use middle school grades in admissions decisions, middle school is still an important time to develop the skills, habits, and interests that will drive your college success. Below are some suggestions about how to lay the foundation for a successful high school and college experience in middle school. 


  • Learn why college is important and why Summit's mission is to prepare you for college success

  • Prepare for PLP family meeting with mentor

  • Set grade goals for the year and discuss college/ career goals in PLP family meeting

  • Explore and sign up for clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities

  • Use Summit Solves and Summit Reads to develop foundational math and reading skills

  • Attend Pathway to College Nights

  • Work toward earning the strongest possible grades in all classes

  • Visit colleges and talk to people about college

  • Make sure your mentor gets to know you

  • Attend teachers' office hours and practice asking for help

  • Look into summer programs

  • Washington Only: Sign up for the College Bound Scholarship in 7th & 8th Grade

  • California Only: Do your best on CAASPP