High schools offer a suggested course curriculum to better prepare their students for college. The best you can hope for is that your student will be able to use what their high school prepares for them to the best of their ability and to meet or exceed the expectations of any college they may later want to attend. However, that doesn’t always happen.
While many high schools will do their best to enable students to meet or exceed college entrance expectations, often public high schools aren’t equipped with the staff or the knowledge to help prepare the high school student for the more competitive colleges. In the high schools in the deep south, there is always a struggle to keep the students abreast of the new requirements for some of the more prestigious universities and colleges. However, parents can help their children prepare for college by talking to advisors and professors at the schools where their child will want to attend college.
If you know your child is in a school system where the schools are unable to keep their students up to date with classes which prepare them for a future which is bright, then do something. Be pro-active in your child’s education. Take the time to find out what will make your child competitive in the eyes of the college the student wants to attend.
Students will seldom have the opportunity to attend a college or university which is considered a cut above the rest if they come from an educational background which is less than desirable in the eyes of the school’s admissions committee.
If you will check with the admissions office of the college your child will want to attend, then you will help them become equipped for admissions in the future. If you find the college your child wants to attend requires some curriculum which isn’t offered in your child’s school, see if your child can attend summer school to get those courses or see if you can offer the courses through additional studies through home school or other outlets.
Whatever you do, don’t do absolutely nothing. Your child deserves the opportunity to attend the college of their choice and should never be hindered because of the school’s inability to prepare your student for college. Take the time to find out what is expected by the colleges your student will want to attend.
High schools, especially public schools, do not always prepare students for the finer colleges and funding is often the reason why it is so difficult. It is the parent’s responsibility to help their child find out what they need to do in order to attend the college they want to attend.
If you are in question about where to go to find resources, then check online and check with your child’s high school guidance counselor. Gather all of the information you need to help your child prepare and do it early in their high school career. There’s nothing worse than to find out you have waited too late and because of that find that your child will not be able to realize their dreams for a better education. It happens all of the time.
Parents and students need to work together with their high schools to be certain that the curriculum is up to speed for the college the student will later want to attend. That’s why it is important for your high school student to recognize early where he or she will want to attend college later in life.