The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

This week's newsletter will provide you and your teen a year by year check list for those mandatory actions steps to get your teen from high school to the 'right' college almost stress free! If your teen is just beginning high school, be aware that freshmen year is often labeled an adjustment year and colleges are well aware of that. However, colleges don't like to see an overwhelming amount of 'adjustment' –  several poor grades.   Take challenging courses – regardless of the year – is always recommended. A 'B' in a challenging course vs. an 'A' in a regular class is more recognized. Challenging courses also prepare your teen for the typical college workload. Begin to develop a relationship with your counselor. Not only can this person be a good source for college recommendations, but the counselor will also be able to recommend what courses your teen should take over the next four years. Find a good tutor if your teen...
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How to Select the ‘Right’ School for Your Teen

How to Select the ‘Right’ School for Your Teen

Your teen has an amazing academic profile as well as the necessary other factors considered for admission– strong counselor/teacher recommendations, great extracurriculars, stellar athletics – all that will ensure your student will be a standout to those admissions officers. Your teen gets not one, but several acceptance letters from the schools he or she is wanting to attend. Congratulations! But now comes the other challenge – choosing the ‘right’ school. What also should be considered at this point besides the fact that your teen ‘feels’ that this college is the one? The real question is: How can you ensure that your student will graduate? Wrap your mind around these statistics: 34% don’t complete freshmen year 60% of college freshmen do not graduate in four years 95% of those students that attend very select schools graduate in 6 years 27% of college graduates have jobs in their closely related to their major 62% had jobs that did not require a college degree Why do some colleges...
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