100 Things To Do Before High School Graduation

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100 things to do before graduation

Yes, it has been years since my own high school graduation. But this list represents things I had my son learn before his graduation and things I want my daughter to know before her own graduation. This is by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully it gives you some great ideas and spurs conversations about important things to do before high school graduation.

This is written from the slant of a home educator so some things reflect the graduate has been homeschooled.

In no particular order…

100 Things To Do Before High School Graduation:

  1. Plan the courses you want to take in high school.
  2. Not sure what classes you would like or what you want to do after high school, then read What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
  3. Travel to an exotic place or a different state.
  4. Apply for a scholarship, here are 7 tips to help with scholarships.
  5. Stay up all night and learn how your body reacts to no sleep.
  6. Open up a savings account.
  7. Memorize 5 encouraging scriptures.
  8. Write your own high school bucket list.
  9. Go on a mission trip.
  10. Prepare for the SAT, ACT or AP subject test.
  11. Or take the ASVAB.
  12. Maybe you have a calling on your life?
  13. Take an online class.
  14. Cook a complete dinner for your family.
  15. Read Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis Signature Classics)
  16. Look at your social media accounts, delete and edit childish behavior. Colleges and employers have been known to check social media accounts.
  17. Tips to help you plan a college visit.
  18. Do  your laundry at a laundry mat. You might need this skill at college or when getting your first apartment.
  19. Get your driver’s license.
  20. Take a defensive driving class. My son gets a discount on his insurance from completing this class.
  21. Write down your list of passwords, or use a program like Last Pass.
  22. Create a schedule and follow it. It helps with understanding time management. Sometimes it is about knowing what to accomplish not just getting more things done.
  23. Learn how to budget money by taking a class on finances.
  24. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or food pantry. It is hard to teach compassion but it is important to be aware of those who are in need.
  25. Read Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
  26. Write a budget for your senior year. Avoid having sticker shock with the costs of applying for colleges and senior portraits.
  27. Know that you will probably not graduate college earning a six figure income, you may not even be able to find a job. Have a back up plan.
  28. Think about which adults you can ask to write you a letter of recommendation.
  29. Improve your study habits with these tips.
  30. Take a ride on public transportation.
  31. Find a planner and learn how to keep track of your own appointments.
  32. Write a thank you note to a teacher or special adult.
  33. Give a speech.
  34. Learn 100 words every graduate should know.
  35. Read Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up the Way You Thought He Would?
  36. 8 Tips for Keeping Your Faith at College.
  37. Write a goal and steps toward achieving it.
  38. Read How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (A Touchstone book)
  39. Plan your Senior Portraits.
  40. Fill out a job application.
  41. Do not wait to turn in paperwork…”the early bird gets the worm” applies with college paperwork.
  42. If you are going to college, put a reminder on your calendar to fill out your FASFA in January.
  43. Plan a healthy menu. Bonus if you can do it on a tight budget.
  44. Be prepared for foul language at college or the workplace…some peers will use colorful adjectives in every sentence.
  45. Learn how to take notes.
  46. Read God’s Smuggler
  47. Create a Senior year budget.
  48. Have a real or mock interview. Learn how to state your weakness in a positive way.
  49. Research: What is the Freshman 15.
  50. Write an exercise plan.
  51. Spend time perfecting your essay writing skills.
  52. Have a few friends that can help hold you accountable to your goals.
  53. Research cell phone plans, which will be the best for your needs.
  54. Learn basic car maintenance.
  55. Plan your graduation party.
  56. If you are going to live at home what are the expectations of adult children living in the home. Will you be paying/charging rent? Will you still have a curfew? Will you have chores to do?
  57. Read The Reason for God
  58. Take a self-defense class.
  59. Learn about the affects of drugs and alcohol on the body. Do you know what alcohol poisoning looks like? Will you know when a person needs medical treatment?
  60. Learn how to sew a button on a shirt.
  61. Make a playlist of your favorite songs.
  62. Create a memory jar.
  63. Write a letter to yourself to read in 10 years.
  64. Share your testimony with 5 people.
  65. Read Manners Made Easy for Teens: 10 Steps to a Life of Confidence, Poise, And Respect
  66. Learn to wake-up on your own. If you use your iPod or iPhone do not turn it off at night because the alarm will not work.
  67. Create a powerpoint on what you would like to do after high school.
  68. Research buying a computer.
  69. Plan your ultimate field trip.
  70. 5 Real World Math Skills to Learn Before Graduation.
  71. Learn how to market yourself to the college of your choice.
  72. Take a first aid class.
  73. Calculate a tip and discuss the etiquette of tipping.
  74. Learn the difference between quitting and ending your service.
  75. Read Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters
  76. Create a time capsule the year you graduate.
  77. No matter how menial your fist job is…do it well.
  78. Have a discussion on what the electric bill is, or how much cable costs…don’t have sticker shock when trying to move out.
  79. Take photographs of your friends and favorite places to visit.
  80. How to make a return on a purchase ordered online or from a store.
  81. Make summer plans before starting college or entering the workforce.
  82. Properly address an envelope.
  83. Are there plans for dual enrollment? Do local colleges offer free or reduced prices to high school students taking college classes?
  84. How to iron clothes.
  85. Try a job shadow for a day.
  86. Will you be keeping a course descriptions for high school classes?
  87. Be current on politics and current events, it’s a big world.
  88. Learn how to ask for help.
  89. Try a new extracurricular activity each year of high school. This is the time to try new things and ignite interests.
  90. Read a few books from the list of classics.
  91. Even if you have read I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Relationships and Romance do not expect your peers at college or work to be on the same page. Know the slang words for hooking up and different STDs.
  92. Take a speed reading course.
  93. Learn how to type, it will make 10 page papers go faster in college.
  94. Know how to research on the internet. What makes a good source on-line? 
  95. Play Dave Ramsey’s ACT Your Wage! Board Game
  96. Read How to Study Your Bible
  97. Register to vote.
  98. A list of 50 things teens need to know to prepare for Adulthood.
  99. Plan a meeting between parents and kids to discuss what things from this list need to be addressed before graduation.
  100. If you still need ideas I suggest you read 1001 Things Every Teen Should Know Before They Leave Home: (Or Else They’ll Come Back)

Although not an exhaustive list of things to do before high school graduation, I am exhausted writing it.

Did you have something to add that your own graduate felt they needed to know after they graduated?

If you want to read more 100 things hop over to 100 Things List by iHomeschool Network.


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  1. Incredible list! Thanks so much for pulling it together and for including some of my tips as well 🙂

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