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Sophomore Class of 2026

Sophomore Class of 2026

Welcome, Sophomores! Please see below for helpful information and resources.

Announcements - Check back often for updates!

FORWARD Pre-Apprenticeship Event - The Apprentice School hosts FORWARD (Future Opportunities Reaching the Workforce Apprentice Readiness and Development) Pre-Apprenticeship events.  These events are for high school students and include hands-on demonstrations in their virtual simulation lab, a Q & A information session, and a short tour of the Apprentice School for parents.  Click here for more information and to register.  The next event will be held May 4th from 8:30-11:30 AM.  

York County Youth Commission Leadership Opportunity - The York County Youth Commission is seeking students from across the county to represent student issues to county government officials, serve on special service projects, organize countywide high school events, and build leadership skills.  Interested?  Click here for more information and here to apply.  Applications are due by April 26th. 

Service Academy Congressional Nominations - Four of the five academies - U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), U.S. Military Academy (USMA), U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) - require applicants to apply for and receive a congressional nomination from either a U.S. Representative or a U.S. Senator.  Senator Mark Warner is hosting a Service Academy Day to learn about the application and nomination process. Representatives from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the other federal service academies will be there to answer questions.  High school and middle school students interested in attending a service academy are encouraged to attend. Congressional staff will be present to explain the nomination process. Family members, counselors, and educators are welcome.  Click here for more information and here to register.  This event will be held April 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 

Meet the Professional - Meet the Professional is an opportunity to listen to a career professional talk about their journey, pros & cons, things you could be doing now if you are interested in pursing that career path, and a chance to ask questions.  Events take place throughout the year and cover all career clusters!  Most sessions occur during 2AB.  Click here for more information and to sign up.  Students may sign-up for two sessions yearly, so choose wisely!

Specialty Programs

Dual Enrollment Pathways - Interested in learning more about Dual Enrollment options?  If you were unable to attend the virtual family orientation session, you may view the presentation here for more information on the various options available through a partnership with Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC).  

Governor's School for Science and Technology Application - Current 10th grade students may apply to the Governor's School for Science and Technology (GSST).  The GSST is a highly competitive program for high-achieving and highly motivated students with a focus on science, mathematics, technology, and advanced research.  View the GSST Parent Information presentation here.  Join the Prospective Student Pipeline newsletter here.  Plan ahead for next year.  The application deadline is in February.

New Horizons Career & Technical Education Center (CTE) Application - 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.  View CTE materials and additional information here.  Plan ahead for next year.  The application deadline is in March.

York County School of the Arts - The York County School of the Arts (SOA) provides high school students with a fine arts training opportunity in literary arts, theatre arts, technical theatre, and dance arts. Cross-curricular learning
encourages students to develop advanced writing skills, prepare performances, and create exhibitions that
develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In this rigorous program, students embrace a
professional work ethic, discipline, and training for future careers in the arts, while enhancing leadership
and collaborative skills applicable to all career paths.  Click here for more information and to apply.


Level Up Virginia - Level Up Virginia (LUV) is a statewide initiative to increase postsecondary readiness for all Virginia students.  LUV is committed to making college access information easily understandable and accessible for students of all backgrounds and to educate students, families, and staff about the many pathways to success, including 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, trade schools, apprenticeships, certificate programs and more.

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.     

Khan Academy SAT Test Prep - Utilize Khan Academy's free, personalized test practice plan to maximize your SAT score!

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.

Sophomore Year Checklist - Use the checklist below from the Opportunities booklet to help keep you on track as you navigate your Sophomore year and prepare for post-secondary college or career readiness!  Para acceder a este recurso en español, haga clic aquí.