The 40 Month Project: From High School to the Ivy Leagues

The 40 Month Project: From High School to the Ivy Leagues

40 Month Project: 9th Grade to 12th Grade Checklist

When you’re entering 9th grade, the four years till graduation can seem like a very long way off. But in reality, the time between your freshmen fall semester and your college application due dates is 40 months.

Believe us, the time flies by!

For students looking to attend top universities, these 40 months are going to be packed with a huge list of “to-dos” to accomplish. In order to be a truly competitive candidate for elite colleges, you have to gain top grades, top test scores, and have meaningful extracurricular activities, accolades, letters of recommendation, along with a compelling application essay.

There’s no way to accomplish all of these items unless you start early. Plus, most students want to actually have time left over for a life in high school: friends, experiences, and good memories.


It’s normal to quickly feel overwhelmed, behind,  and unprepared.

But all you really need is a plan!

That’s why we’ve created 4 checklists for each grade of high school that will show you how to go from high school to the Ivy Leagues! 

These checklists detail what you should accomplish each grade year if you are serious about applying to top colleges.  We’ve also included the MEK Review courses that will best help you accomplish these goals. This will help you create a plan and stay on track over the 40 months of high school. 

Remember, this is a checklist for top achievers, so always keep in mind your key priorities:

    • Grades
    • Your well-being


Grades are the most important factor for college admissions, and your well-being is the most important factor period. This plan should help eliminate stress by dividing 40 months of work more evenly across your four years of high school. You don’t want to end up stressed and overworked during your junior year.

You can read all four checklists or just focus on the checklist for your current grade:

Next Steps

Interested in getting started on your academic or college admissions journey?

MEK has the top tier solutions to help you ace your classes, earn top scores on tough college admissons tests, and get into your dream school.

Click the links below to learn more about our different programs for Grades 9-12:

And for students interested in SAT Prep, take the first step in the registration process by signing up for Digital SAT Evaluation Test. We also offer ACT and AP Evaluation Tests. Click here to register for a test event!

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us today to get started!


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