Preparing your child for high school is an important part of being a parent. High school is a big step in a child’s life and it is essential that they are adequately prepared for this momentous occasion. There are many things that you can do as a parent to help your child be more organized and prepared for a successful transition to high school.
Before the school year starts call the guidance office of your child’s school and find out when standardized tests will be held. Ask about PSAT’s and SAT’s and if your child wants to participate in them that year, consider enrolling them in a prep course.
Colleges are very competitive these days, so it is not a bad idea to have your child take the test early incase they need to retake it because of a bad score.
Keep on top of your child’s social life. make sure they are being responsible and hanging out with other responsible children. Give them boundaries and a curfew and enforce those things with your child. These can be trying times with your child and remaining consistent and establishing structure is essential to their academic, emotional and personal success.
Start discussing college with your child and find out their goals. Talk with your child’s guidance counselor to ensure they are taking the right courses for college acceptance. Research schools with your child so they have a goal of where they want to go and what they need to do to obtain that goal. Make sure that your child has all that they need to successfully pass all of their courses. many schools post a list of needed supplies on their website now and this can help you get a head start in preparing for a successful freshman year.