People getting ready to graduate school
If your child is a high school student and you both have determined that college is the right path for their career goals, then there are a few steps you will want your student to take to help them prepare.
Sign up for prep courses. Most CSRA high schools offer prep courses that prepare students for their future educational goals as college students. Today, students have the chance to explore and pursue a wide variety of interests and begin figuring out what their career goals are while they are still in high school.
Students who want to take on college prep courses should consider the steps below:
Meet with HS guidance counselors. The guidance counselor will advise on what classes to take to make sure you are on a college track.
Keep a high GPA. Maintaining a high GPA opens more college doors and makes them eligible for more scholarships.
Engage in Extracurricular Activities. College applications with high-quality extracurricular activities are highly attractive to admissions officers.
Prepare for Tests. Colleges look at SAT scores as a factor for admission, so you will want to get the highest marks that you can.
Consider Dual Enrollment. Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high schoolers to earn college credit while working on their HS diploma. The benefit of this program is to allow students to obtain high school and college credits simultaneously so that they may be able to graduate from college early.
Don't put off researching colleges. Take advantage of college fairs and visit campuses. School fairs will have knowledgeable representatives that can answer questions about majors, financial aid, sports, clubs, meal plans, and the college experience.
Determine which funding option works best for your family. If your child is a senior, you will also want to research your funding options like financial aid, scholarships, and grants. The senior year is a good time to fill out the FAFSA application, this way you will know how much financial aid you can expect to receive.
College is an exciting time and preparing can sometimes be a little overwhelming. Be sure to meet with the school counselor right away to discuss your child’s career goals so that they can be put on the right educational track.
Here is a look of our very own 2022 high school/college graduates. We are so very proud of them!