Ease into college prep by starting early
Did you know that the middle school years (grades six through eight) are actually an ideal time to begin thinking about college? That may seem too early, but studies have shown that beginning earlier pays off later. Here are three reasons why:
- It allows students to begin preparing academically for advanced classes in high school as well as seek out assistance if they’re struggling before it seriously impacts their high school academics.
- It provides students time to explore, reflect and research their interests and careers options long before they need to choose a college.
- It gives parents time to take stock of their finances so that families have realistic expectations on how they will pay for college.
Read more about getting ready for college in middle school.
Is your student already in 9th and 10th grade? Take a deep breath: there are still things students can do. This includes taking interest and skills assessments to find out which careers might be a good fit and then exploring those career options and the education needed for them — through online research and by talking with a high school counselor. You should also meet with your counselor to make sure your student is academically on track to only graduate from high school but also to get admitted to and succeed in college.