Ruth Lohmeyer, a counselor at Lincoln Northeast High School in Nebraska, indicates that to put teens on a track for success, college prep needs to start early. Lohmeyer mentions that college prep begins in 8th grade for their program.
The article points out that students should strive to take more difficult classes early on. Waiting until the junior or senior year will be too late.
Lohmeyer provides recommendations how students should use each year of high school for college prep.