Paving the way for each graduate to be accepted to a college before graduation
First, understand that college preparation starts long before one’s senior year in high school. No matter where your child is in their academic career, there is something you can be doing to prepare for your child to attend college. We structure everything we do to maximize each student’s readiness for further education. So, what are some things that you, our parents and students, can do to prepare for these higher learning opportunities.
Parents need to open up a college account that allows them to save money for their child’s college education. The account holder must ensure that this account grows in two different ways. The most important, is to have a monthly or bimonthly amount automatically transferred from your personal bank account. This will prevent you from having “emergencies” that will tempt you to do otherwise.
Middle School Students
One way to address college prep at this age is for students to research careers. Students can obtain information by visiting different career fairs. Another way is for parents to take them to their places of work. This allows the student to see the hard work of a blue collar worker, the education required for a white collar job, and most importantly, the experience that is needed in order to be a positive and integral part of our community.
Freshman and Sophomore Students
Freshman and Sophomore students have generated a class schedule that will fulfill the requirements for graduation and college needs. The students need to get involved in extracurricular activities. These may be chosen from an array of clubs, sports, church, and community activities, or volunteer time. It is imperative for them to have a well-rounded background for their resumes.
Juniors should register in the fall for the PSAT (Practice SAT) in order for them to practice and get ready for the SAT, usually taken in the spring of the junior year. Remember that the SAT is accepted by major colleges and universities, and is a factor in acceptance. A lot of times, this test will guide these colleges as to which classes they are eligible to take once in college. This is why it is preferable for students to practice on this test and take it seriously.
Seniors may retake the ACT or SAT once again if they want to try for a higher score as this might be their last chance. Remember that it takes time to gt test results and colleges to receive the results, so you want to do this promptly. At the same time, the student should start applying for scholarships as soon as possible. Some scholarships may require for them to provide some information such as test results, race, gender, etc.
Watch a short video about TIA 2016 Senior College Scholarship Success here