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Course Selection Part III: The Role of Electives

Once you have planned for core academic courses and graduation requirements, it is finally time to schedule electives! Elective courses should help explore and develop a student's interests and talents. Here’s another way to look at it. If I look at your high school...

Course Selection Part II: Required Courses

In the first video in this course selection series, I discussed the importance of core academic courses— the foundation of your four year plan. If you missed it, you can see it HERE. The second step in creating your four year plan for high school courses is to...

Course Selection: The Foundation of Your Four Year Plan

It is course selection time for many of the schools in my area. Because this is a topic that generates a lot of questions, I’m starting a five part series on course selection and the key factors in creating your four year plan. Today I’m focusing on core academic...

Course Selection Part II: Required Courses

In the first video in this course selection series, I discussed the importance of core academic courses— the foundation of your four year plan. If you missed it, you can see it HERE. The second step in creating your four year plan for high school courses is to...

Course Selection: The Foundation of Your Four Year Plan

It is course selection time for many of the schools in my area. Because this is a topic that generates a lot of questions, I’m starting a five part series on course selection and the key factors in creating your four year plan. Today I’m focusing on core academic...

2021 Priorities for High School Juniors

2021 Priorities for High School Juniors

Today I am going to outline what you should be considering if you have a current high school junior. Towards the end I give a rough outline of the college admissions timeline. I know this will be helpful for those of you who want to know what’s coming. If you don’t...

End of the Semester Checklist

End of the Semester Checklist

End of the Semester Checklist Many students have just completed their fall semester; if your semester doesn’t end until January, you can still work through part of the checklist now and finish when your classes conclude. At the end of a semester most of us (parents,...

You Got Your PSAT Results — Now What?

This week College Board started releasing scores from the October PSAT. Many families are looking at the results thinking “now what?” Here are the five things I would suggest you do once you receive your PSAT results. 1. Learn How to Access Your College Board Account...

Should You Take the December ACT or SAT?

Should You Take the December Test? A number of juniors should give serious thought to taking the ACT or SAT in December. Good reasons to take the test and not wait for spring: Participation in spring sports (baseball/softball, soccer, etc.) Heavy AP or IB course load...

Study Skills Resources

Most students could improve their study habits (and possibly their grades) by implementing small changes. The problem is most students don't know where to start. Most parents rely on what worked for them way back when. Teachers often don't have the time to teach study...

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