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)


your Freshman Year Overview

“College?  Geez, mom, I’m only a freshman.  Slow down.” 

Ah, but your future begins today!” 

That sentiment is so true – it’s certainly a fine line to walk, balancing the need to plan for the future while at the same time doing your best to not rush (and even cherish) every minute.

Ninth grade is when students position themselves to build the foundation of becoming a strong collegiate candidate.  This is the year your teenager will begin to grow academically, socially, and personally.  Remember that each of those areas are all equally important as you help your student develop into a well-rounded and balanced adult.

As you think about the 9th grade year, be sure that your student is taking the toughest classes that he/she can still be successful in and not have unhealthy stress or anxiety.  This year you’ll read about weighted grades, honors vs. AP/IB vs. regular courses and which is the best for your student and their future ambitions. 

Freshman year also is the catalyst to the activities resume that will be a significant part of their college and future career applications.  The groups, clubs, and activities that your student starts now will (ideally) be the ones they become leaders of as upper classmen. 

Personally, your student will gain independence and more freedom and you’ll see them will grow up so quickly – take plenty of pictures and enjoy the moments and memories.

Each step of this integral year will be covered in detail and will allow you to help them continue their path toward a flourishing life.


9th Grade Orientation

The start of the high school experience can be a fun and exciting time for you and your teenager.  For many families, it can also be a time of anxiety and uncertainty.  Your high school can help!

This month’s “DO” task is twofold – make every effort to encourage your son or daughter to attend their school’s 9th grade orientation and welcome event.  There is quite often a parent component as well – so make sure you attend that one too!

(If by chance your school doesn’t have a formal event – just reach out to the principal, assistant principal or counselor and set up a time for you and your student to take a quick tour and learn a bit more about the school.)

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 9th 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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