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)


JANUARY

LEARN

The Initial College List

Before jumping into the college selection process, take a step back. First, have another conversation with your student and discuss what they want to get out of college, what they want from the experience.

Are they interested in going to college because it is expected by you or because they need to get specific training for a certain career?

Remember, they need to be the one who is happy with the final choice because they are the one that has to regularly attend class and is expected produce great results in college.

A good college list is comprised of colleges that match your student’s GPA and test scores, as well as their intellectual, personal, social, emotional, financial, spiritual, and other needs and desires. The goal in creating a college list is to identify colleges that are best for your student, not you, or one that was good for your friend’s child.

This initial list will be a working list – your student will add, subtract, change, and delete some of these schools. That’s OK.

Some additional considerations regarding academics - 

How will your teenager compare to the stated ACT/SAT and GPA averages of attendees? 

Will they be on the top end or the lower end when compared with their peers? 

(There is no right answer here - students can find great success in many scenarios. The important piece is to consider how this may impact your child and their motivation for success during these important years.)

The key is to spend the necessary time to really think through these considerations. 

Remember, there is no shortage of high quality colleges at which your student can apply, get accepted, and live a flourishing life! 


DO

Comparing Options

For each school you are considering, take the time to fill out the attached spreadsheet to help keep all your information organized and in one place.  Continue to work with this grid as you move through the remaining HS years and consider sharing it with your school counselor so that he/she can help you the best way they can. 


TIP #1

A Jump Start – Help your student get ahead at the start of a new semester.  This coming spring will start to get full with college planning activities and application preparation.  Now is a great time to get a jump start on any big projects or assignments that may be required in classes.  (At the very least, knowing about these major assignments will help them pace out their workload this semester.)

TIP #2 

A big semester – This is the last semester of grades that colleges will see when they make their final admissions decisions.  Without adding any extra pressure, help your son or daughter find success this semester – organization, studying, timeliness, homework – help them stay on top of their school work as best as you can!  


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