We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


The 10th Grade Overview

Now that they have gotten the hang of high school – the lay of the land, they know the best bathroom to use, which lunch foods to avoid, and which teachers are the most challenging – it’ now time to shift our focus a little.

In 10th grade, students will be tackling their understanding of what it means to identify and apply to the right college.  This is about finding the right fit academically, socially, and financially for them and the family.

You’ll be encouraged to help your teenager look beyond the “name” of a college, to find schools that fit your student academically.  Remember that college should be challenging enough to be interesting and not so easy that they are bored with way too much free time on their hands. 

The process of discovering colleges usually means online research, attending local college fairs, and even campus visits.  Keep in mind, as with any significant decision, the more you know, the easier it will be to find the right fit that makes your student comfortable and provides the best environment to help them flourish.

And, let’s be honest, no one actually wants to pay $60,000 a year for college – but unless you are able to identify the schools where your student fits academically, the idea of merit money and academic scholarships may not even be an option. 

Working toward finding the right schools takes a team, you and your student will have to work together to discover the best options for the unique and prosperous future that is in-store for your teenager.


Understand their Coursework

Your teenager may want to be independent, but they definitely still need your help and support.  One way to do that is to truly understand their courses and class schedule.

This month’s “DO” task is to sit down with your teenager and talk about their schedule of classes.  Ask them questions about each class, what they think they may learn in that course, and certainly note any concerns they may express about the course.

As the school year starts up for you, be sure to have the contact information of key school personnel – teachers, counselors, principals, and coaches.

TIP #1

School supplies, really?  Yep - even in high school they may need some supplies for the school year - folders, pens, art supplies, music, specific calculators, and/or technology...it's all for their learning!

TIP #2 

Set some goals for the year!  What do you want to accomplish as a parent of a 10th grader – it may be involvement in their school, support in their homework, getting to know them as young adults.  Regardless of your goals, be sure to tell your son or daughter (they’ll help keep you accountable).

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