- 9th grade parent night programs
- Plan carefully the international language choice; make sure it's one you will carry for 4-years; two years of one language and 2-years of another don't mean the same as spending 4-years diving deep into one language
- Experiment with perform art options, even if you change instruments across years, or go across the arts discipline, yet the learnings from arts are foundational and looked upon favorably by colleges
- Join multiple clubs, get a feel of what they do, find your niche, over the years drop more clubs then add to your repertoire, take on more positions of responsibility not always focused on becoming a designated officer. Learn soft skills, diplomacy, ways to work with groups, collaboration, and with growth mindsets.
- Stress the importance of learning history and philosophy and the impact on the core American colleges curriculum.
- Focus on the quality of the courses, building on one another, and balance that with a variety. I'd bring case studies that show the impact correlating music and math.
- The importance of extracurricular activities and external community volunteer efforts
- I would emphasize the value of Calculus to be done by 12th grade and the impact on admissions and the correlation to a successful college career based on the same.
- It's OK to get a bad grade while experimenting and that's possible only in the earlier high school grades, and to get more serious about showing an upward grades progression over the following years.
How can I help my child apply for college?
Parent Tips: DO's and DON'Ts of Helping Your Child Apply for...
What challenges do students with ADHD face?
A changing school environment
School can present challenges for many children with ADHD. Because ADHD symptoms include difficulty with attention regulation, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which can affect planning, organizing, and managing behavior, many children with ADHD struggle with change. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/features/adhd-and-school-changes.html
These colleges produce the highest percentage of eventual doctorate recipients in the humanities, natural sciences, and social and behavior sciences. Institutions are listed in rank order and based on statistics provided by the National Science Foundation’s Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study. The stack ranking is based on the # of PhDs produced.
You have, in essence, three choices: write about your ADHD as the subject matter for your common application essay, mention it in the “tell us anything else” section, or simply leave out any mention of it altogether. ... As of 2014, over 6.4 million people under the age of 18 have been identified as ADHD. https://medium.com/@parkemuth/how-personal-should-a-personal-statement-be-b81bf4de0ade
You should NOT talk about it on your application. It WILL be held against you. Put yourself in their shoes... Unless they are a public school, why would they knowingly take someone in who has a lesser chance of graduating from college in the long run?
Colleges don't know whether a student applicant has an IEP or a 504 plan . ... In fact, colleges aren't allowed to ever students who apply whether they have a disability. Nor can a college ask what kind of plan a student has, because that's simply a different way of asking if the student has a disability.
Recently, I've noticed a concerning uptick in the number of students asking whether it's appropriate for them to write about mental health issues, most frequently ADD and/or anxiety, in their college applications. ... So the short answer: don't do it.
Is it OK to talk about depression in a college essay?
All counselors interviewed for this piece agreed that students' college essays should not be about their struggles with mental health. ... Vinik says that mental health problems should only be shared in the essay if the college would not be able to understand the applicant without knowing about this part of her. https://www.noodle.com/articles/how-to-discuss-your-mental-health-on-college-applications
Whether or not self-studying is the right approach for you will depend on five key factors.
Should You Self-Study for an AP Exam? 5 Key Factors
Factor 1: Which AP Exam You Want to Self-Study For
Factor 2: How Much Time You Have for Studying
Factor 3: Your Studying Motivation Level
Factor 4: Your Ability to Stay on Track
Factor 5: Access to Study Material
5 Essential Tips for Effective AP Self-Studying
#1: Stay on Track
#2: Make a Schedule
#3: Find the Best Material
#4: Take Practice Tests
#5: Register for the AP Exam
If you have worked with em, you know I'm a stickler for my students self studying AP classes. Here's a list of free classes on edX that will get you jump started.
These fare un and unique middle school electives that students love taking—and teachers love teaching!
The Forgotten Middle school: : Ensuring Students are on Target for College and Career Readiness by High School
The process of preparing students to make successful transitions from middle school to high school is just as important as the process of preparing them to make successful transitions from high school to postsecondary education. Obstacles to college and career readiness must be met head on. We can take the steps necessary to ensure that every student learns the essential skills necessary to handle the rigorous high school coursework that prepares them for college and career. Let’s make these skills nonnegotiable minimum standards for all K–8 students. They deserve it.
Students should casually go to local college visits with parents, make it a fun experience. They should investigate different career pathways at career fairs. They should take assessments to identify careers in line with their interests. It is important that students continue to build their reading, writing, and mathematical skills.
It is important that students continue to build their reading, writing, and mathematical skills. Studies show that students who are off-track in 7th grade math are at higher risk for scoring below college benchmarks on the ACT in high school.
Grade point average should also become a focus for students at this age. High school transcripts permanently record grades that follow students to the postsecondary application process. Middle school is the best time to teach students about GPA and how performance affects their readiness.
The merit scholarship criteria are part of your college's list planning and should be documented as such part of your final priorities for the admissions. Finding colleges that give good merit scholarships, the criteria, and the amounts is an art. Invest the time to learn the process. The details below will help. Reach out to the Success Koach team if you have questions.
Is it Worth it to Apply for Scholarships?
Absolutely, but only if a student is willing to put in the work it takes to apply correctly using winning strategies and doing a bit of research before submitting any application. Scholarships are FREE money that does not have to be paid back, so learning how to strategically apply is crucial to a student’s scholarship success rate. Students who quickly write an essay without much thought will have basically no chance of winning unless there is only one applicant, which is very rare.
We students are way too focused on a STEM education. While the benefits of STEM are awesome and tangible, don't disregard the humanities subjects. those make you whole. Shreya, my older daughter is getting a very complete education at Wellesley college where she is majoring in CS yet 50% of her classes are in Humanities; that's a requirement when you graduate from a liberal arts college. Read on for more..
It's never too early to start preparing for college. Since colleges look at your accomplishments from all four years of high school, you don't want to wait until your junior year to start thinking about your GPA and college admissions. Our checklist linked can help you get started.
What is the purpose of AP credits?
AP courses give you the experience of an introductory level college or university class while you're in high school. You might also get post-secondary credit for the class if you pass the AP exam and if it meets your post-secondary institution's admission requirements.
Your application should clearly communicate your “spike.” A spike, hook, etc. is a set of activities and accomplishments that show admissions officers what you are truly passionate about and what you bring to the table.
During ninth grade it's important adjust to the new work load and learn how to deal with the social stress that often accompanies high school, but it's also important to remember that you're now in the “college prep” years. The activities you join and grades you earn will be a part of your college application.
Why is 9th grade so important?
After decades of research with Chicago Public Schools, the University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research found that staying On-Track during ninth grade means a student is four times more likely to graduate high school, regardless of their race, income or background. ... how ninth-grade success teams help kids
It's never too early to explore college campuses. Take some time during your freshman year of high school to get yourself to campus and get a feeling for the typical layout of public and private institutions.
Find out exactly how much college can cost and what you can do now as a freshman to prepare for those expenses. Refocus your study habits to build the credentials necessary for grant and scholarship applications.
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. It may seem very far away, but the hard work you put in now should help you later on.
Some experts recommend starting as early as sixth grade.
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