• Guide for 9th Grade Students

    9th Graders,

    It's the perfect time to begin planning your high school years and what you might want to do after college.  We've gathered some information so, as a 9th grader you can begin to plan your high school years and beyond.  

    1.  What type of diploma do you want?

    WCSD offers many options for diplomas, with the most rigorous being the Honors, then the Advanced, followed by the Standard. Each diploma type has slightly different requirements.  Learn more by clicking on the link below and setting your sights on the one best suited for you.

    WCSD Graduation Diploma Seal Guide

    2.  Get involved in Galena's sports and clubs

    You can learn more about athletics here.

    3. Earn a Trade School Certificate with TMCC Dual Credit Courses.

    Did you know that you can start taking classes in automotive, construction, and manufacturing technologies along with baking, bookkeeping, nursing, and dental assisting? You can review the entire TMCC Degrees and Certificates here.  Dual credit courses cost half the price for high school students, so there are significant savings if you begin taking classes in high school instead of waiting until after graduation.  Financial assistance is often available through TMCC.  

    4.  Challenge Yourself with Dual Credit College Classes.

    Some students are ready to challenge themselves with more rigorous college courses at some of our local colleges.  These courses count for both your high school credits and college credits here at Nevada colleges and universities.  Plus, most college courses count for an additional GPA boost similar to honors and Advanced Placement classes.  You can learn more about the Dual Credit Options through the link below.

    Dual Credit Options through TMCC, UNR, and WNC

    5.  Familiarize yourself with the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE). 

    WUE stands for the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a program through which students can attend participating colleges and universities in other states for reduced tuition. Instead of paying full out-of-state tuition, a WUE participant pays the regular in-state tuition plus 50 percent of that amount.  These colleges and universities are in the surrounding states and allow you to attend out-of-state schools at a fraction of the typical out-of-state tuition rate, so it is worth a visit to the website to see which schools are part of the program.

    Information on WUE

    6.  Begin exploring careers, colleges, and other opportunities after high school

    Use the website listed below to browse lists of the highest-paying jobs, jobs in demand, the most affordable colleges or highly selective colleges, along with the highest paying military careers. 


    Nevada Career Explorer

    College Board's Big Future

    AP Class Options and the Benefits of Taking AP Courses