10th Grade

As you enter your sophomore year if you haven’t already started thinking about your post-graduation plans, now is the time to do it! Please remember the importance of your attendance in class and obtaining good grades that work towards your GPA (grade point average), as both, play a factor in college admittance.   As the graduating class of 2021, you must also successfully demonstrate mastery in English AND Mathematics and complete your Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).   

If you have any questions regarding colleges, vocational programs or careers it is important to start making a plan.  As the 10th Grade Counselor I am happy to help explore with you and your family credits needed to graduate and your post-graduation plans.    Feel free to contact me by phone, email or by stopping by the Counseling office to make an appointment, so we can begin determining a plan and make sure you are working towards obtaining the credits necessary to earn your high school diploma.  I can be reached at (303) 340-1600 ext 27095 or by email at eagarth@aurorak12.org. 


Elizabeth Garth, M.Ed, LPC, CAC III

Aurora Central High School 10th Grade School Counselor

Some additional information you might find helpful:

All sophomores are required to take the PSAT’s in April 2019.   

Picken’s Tech is a great option to begin exploring post-graduation opportunities.  They have a variety of programs available to select from.   Please see below for program availability or you can explore their website at:   http://www.pickenstech.org.  We will be doing tours of their campus this upcoming school year.  Please listen for announcements regarding the dates and time, or let your counselor know you are interested for the upcoming school year. 

Picken’s Tech Programs


  • Graphic Design
  • Professional Photography


  • Dental Assisting/Expanded Duty Dental Assist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Insurance Billing Specialist
  • Nurse Aide
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing
  • Respiratory Care


  • Small Business Management
  • Marketing: Hospitality & Tourism


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Executive Internship


  • Construction Technology
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Property Maintenance


  • Barber
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Esthetician
  • Nail Technician


  • Enterprise Computer Service
  • General Electronics Technology
  • Mobile Applications
  • Advanced Manufacturing 
    (formerly Precision Machining)
  • Welding


  • Urban Horticulture and Landscape
  • Veterinary Assistant


  • Automotive Technology
  • Barber
  • Collision Repair
  • Cosmetology
  • Diesel Power Mechanics
  • Expanded Duty Dental Assisting
  • Esthetician
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing Specialist
  • Nurse Aide
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Welding*


Things to keep in mind as you explore your post-graduation plans:

Do you want to attend an In State or Out of State College or Vocational Program?

Do you want to explore career or internship opportunities prior to graduating?

Tuition Costs for vocational programs of interest or colleges

Scholarship Opportunities Available at colleges, universities or vocational programs

How can I start saving now for my future plans that might include college, vocational programs?  Does this mean working part-time or full time during the school year and on breaks to begin saving for my post-graduation opportunities?

Do I want to begin attending college classes prior to graduating?  If so, what steps would I need to take to make that happen?

What are the admission or entrance requirements for the college, university or vocational programs I am interested in? 

What types of supports will I need in preparation for determining my plan?  Who can support me in accessing and determining the steps to best reach my plan?

Am I prepared to take the PSAT’s, SAT’s or ACT’s?  Do I need to take a preparation class to prepare to take and perform my best on the exams?  Where can I access information to prepare for and take the tests required to attend the college, university or vocational program of my choice?