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)


Junior Year Overview

This year is when the pressures of academics and prospects of life after graduation all seem to converge.  With your teenager gaining greater independence (maybe even driving!), this year can feel like a perfect storm.  Rest assured, that a year from now, you’ll think back and realize it wasn’t so bad.

This year it is time to put all that hard work of planning for college to use.  In 11th grade, you’ll help your teenager begin creating their initial list of colleges in which they are interested in applying.  We’ll help them learn about proper research techniques and teach them about the intricacies of the different types of college applications.

Keep in mind that the initial list of colleges is just that, “a” list – it’s not yet “the” list.  They will start big and work their way toward a finalized and manageable listing of colleges after they discover which size, location, and “feel” is best.  This will be the year of college visits – and we’ll help you maximize your college visit investment by providing you with advice and questions to ask as you learn more about the important components of the institution. 

This is also the year that your student will really focus on grades – perhaps more now than ever, as it’s their last chance to make a good first impression before sending off applications next fall.  There are different types of college applications and some don’t ask for anything more than data: numbers and letters that signify academic success.  Other applications will ask for essays and recommend interviews, both of which allow your student to make a different type of impression.

You’ll learn a lot this year about the entire process so that you can help your son or daughter make the best decisions for their future. 

Unfortunately, the junior year is when the competition between students feels the hardest.  Help your teenager remember that personal success is all that matters.  (And there’s plenty of space in the nearly 5000 higher education institutions.)



Get to KNow their Workload

The Junior year is often the most demanding and challenging year of high school.  It may seem like they want their independence, but they’ll need your support and help this year.  One way to do that is to truly understand their courses and class schedule – especially the quantity of the workload that they will experience this school year.

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 11th 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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