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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.


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Class of 2022 – LCMHS Freshman Year

Class of 2021 – LCMHS Sophomore Year

Class of 2020 – LCMHS Junior Year

Class of 2019 – 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.

2018-2019 SAT & ACT Dates & Testing Locations

2019 SAT/ACT Scores – Are They “Good”?
– 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 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 that their websites for admission requirements.

– 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.


Information about Texas Colleges and Universities, Financial Aid, College Admissions, etc.


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.

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: