Your Child Just Got into High School...so What's Next?
After 17 years in the business, we know a lot about picking the right high school and landing in the right classes in 9th grade. Here's our guide to what comes next once the high school acceptances arrive:
1) PICK THE RIGHT SCHOOL
Trinity is a top notch school, but for those non-humanities-driven kids, it can be a difficult place to thrive. Dalton offers students unparalleled conceptual training, but some kids need more structure. Packer isn’t the same as St. Ann’s, even though they are blocks apart. Boarding schools offer a completely different environment. Struggling at one of the best schools isn’t worth it, nor is breezing through a less rigorous one. Commuting too far or being far from home can be a disadvantage. The key is to find a place where your child can thrive. We know the schools, and we know the kids--call me, and we’ll chat.
2) PLACE INTO THE RIGHT CLASSES
Most top colleges expect to see calculus senior year and a range of advanced or AP courses (depending on school). Placement exams matter for placing into the right courses freshman year.
3) POSITION YOUR KID FOR SUCCESS RIGHT AWAY
9th grade grades count for college admissions, and ensuring a smooth transition is key to getting those results. A lot of our kids do a preview of geometry in August, work on their essay-writing skills or prep for Biology--whatever makes the transition easy and confidence-inspiring.
At TA, high school students have access to behavior-tracking, anxiety-reduction techniques, exam-prep calendars, and the best tutors (at home and over Skype). We are always here to make sure your child has everything needed to thrive during these crucial four years.