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)


7th Grade - An Overview

The transition that takes place when a student enters middle school or junior high is usually two fold; first, there’s the academic changes like changing classrooms and multiple teachers and then there’s the emotional changes that include independence and growing up.  One of the best changes that will come with middle school is the introduction of what it means to go to college and become an “adult.” 

Sure, there’s a long road before your son or daughter graduates from college, but we need to start thinking about it now, because it will be here before you know it.  And the work that he/she does starting in 7th grade will move forward sequentially and prepare them for a terrific four years of high school and make sure that they get into the best college for their needs and wants

As we look to the upcoming school year, we will start 7th grade by helping students explore their career interests and better understand their talents.  Often times, students get to high school and just start taking classes that seem “cool” or that they are recommended for by teachers.  However, if your student has an idea of what type of career they’d like to have as an adult, they can tailor their high school courses to make sure they are properly prepared by taking the right core coursework and supporting classes.  Understanding those interest and ambitions in 7th grade help you all make great decisions in the years to come.

(But don’t worry, students don’t need to plan out their lives when they are 13…having those conversations now helps students explore options.)

With a mix of learning this year that includes time management, a look at different careers, and pinpointing their personal interests, your student will take their first look at the possibilities that their future can hold.  It’s an exciting time for your student, and we are here to help through the entire journey.


Understand Their Schedules

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 student 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 - now's the time to make sure your teenager has the necessary items to be successful this year.  Sometimes the simplest supply (like a folder) can make all the difference for organization!

TIP #2

Set some goals for the year!  What do you want to accomplish as a parent of a 7th 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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