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Preparing for College-By Grade Level

Preparing for College – What to Do in High School
By Grade Level

Find out what you can do during each year of high school –
so you graduate and get prepared for college and/or career.


‚ÄčCheck out any of the links on the left to help you through your high school years!

College for All Texans – The most important thing to remember about preparing for college is to start as soon as possible. It’s never too early to begin gathering information and to create a step-by-step plan. The College for All Texans website will help you get going, with info about choosing a college, the tests you need, the costs you can expect and more. By learning about the process now, you'll be less likely to have surprises pop up later.

Texas Reality Check – Will you be able to afford the lifestyle you want? It's difficult to predict the future, but it's never too early to start planning for it. Texas Reality Check will show you how much your living expenses will cost, and the amount of money you will need to earn to pay for them.

Information about Texas Colleges and Universities, Financial Aid, College Admissions, etc. – “contains a list of colleges and universities in the State of Texas, admission requirements, total expenses for an academic year, financial aid data and related information, helpful hints to the college bound, together with a Calendar of various scholarship deadlines arranged by months. It is presented as an aid mainly to senior high school students seeking higher education in Texas and to the dedicated people who teach and counsel with them. The list does not include graduate/professional schools, private specialized, or private technical schools.”

Here are links to documents, dates, tests, etc., specific to LCM High School:

Class of 2020 – LCMHS Freshman Year

Class of 2023 – LCMHS Sophomore Year

Class of 2022 – LCMHS Junior Year

Class of 2021 – LCMHS Senior Year 

LCM High School Student History Record – Starting the summer after you finish 8th grade, keep a record of your activities, community service, honors/awards, and employment/internships. This form is designed to help you record the information required by the ApplyTexas online college application form – which is used by most public colleges and universities in Texas. This information will also be needed for your résumé.

Join Clubs and Organizations – What activities can you participate in at LCM? Several of the clubs have their own webpages as well under Campus Life. Contact the club advisor if interested in learning more.

2020-2021 SAT & ACT Information & Dates

2020-2021 SAT/ACT Scores – Are They “Good”?
– Many four-year Texas colleges look at your “quartile” to determine admission. Your High School transcript shows your “quartile,” which is determined by your class rank. In Texas, students in the top 10% (other than UT-Austin) have automatic admittance to Texas public colleges, so they have no required SAT/ACT scores (however, certain majors may require certain scores). Those students not in the top 10% (or 25% at some colleges) or attending colleges outside Texas can be automatically admitted if they have the required SAT/ACT scores determined by their quartile. While the above form shows several colleges often attended by LCM students, click here to see all public Texas colleges and universities. If looking at out-of-state or private colleges, check their websites for admission requirements. For Fall 2021, many colleges and universities have gone TEST OPTIONAL – your grades, activities, etc. will be considered.

– Texas colleges also require that you demonstrate the necessary skills to be successful in college courses. Once admitted to college, you will then register for courses. In Texas, you must prove college-ready skills to be in certain courses or be placed in developmental/remedial courses to acquire those skills. The TSI (Texas Success Initiative) test measures your reading, writing, and math skills. You can also prove college-ready skills by getting certain SAT/ACT scores or completing dual-enroll college courses to be exempt from the TSI.

LCMHS College & Career Page – Explore Different Careers, Research College Majors, Find College Admission Info, Catalogs, Programs, etc.


Sign up for LCM’s BAND Communication messages by Grade Level to keep you informed!

Students and Parents must create an account with Band before able to join.
Can download the BAND app.
Turn notifications ON to receive texts and/or emails.

Seniors – Join LCM Class of 2021
Juniors – Join LCM Class of 2022
Sophomores – Join LCM Class of 2023

Freshmen – Join LCM Class of 2024


Counselors' Corner Info

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College Testing:
LCM School Code = 445240

College/Career Info - Explore Majors and Careers, Compare Colleges, Admissions Requirements, Admissions Applications, Catalogs, etc.

College Preview Days

Virtual College Campus Tours:

College Application:

  • ApplyTexas
    Admission info for every Texas Public University, plus some private and two-year schools
  • CommonApplication
    Admission info for more than 600 universities from 57 states (Texas schools include Austin College, Rice, SMU, Southwestern Univ., St. Edward's, TCU, Texas Lutheran, Trinity Univ., & Univ. of Dallas)


Financial Aid: