When do our students be- gin their collegiate jour- ney? Is it really the mo- ment they graduate high
school, or does it start many years prior
to this milestone? Educators and parents
college consultant in New Canaan, Con-necticut,;explains:;“Preparation;for;the
college process can begin as early as
the spring of eighth grade as students
and families are beginning to select the
courses for freshman year; those course
selections set the stage for the rest of a
student’s high school curriculum and
talents, encourage academic endeavors,
mantra along the way.
Middle School—The Adventure
• Facilitate healthy homework and
studying habits. This will enhance executive functioning skills and lay a
foundation of academic routine for
and narrative, and require students to
read weekly news articles. Exposing
students to various genres of text will
broaden their reading comprehension
abilities, enhance fluency, and build
it is relatively quiet and conducive to
•;Have;students;take;part;in;extracurric-ulars, sports, clubs, music lessons, and
their passion and explore venues of self-expression, exercise, and sociability.
•;Volunteer;and;perform;community;ser-vice;with;students.;Build;their understanding of the world around them via
helping those in need, cleaning the envi-ronment,;or;taking;part;in;a;dear;cause.
of a foreign language. Many colleges
have foreign language requirements
for admission. Start early while the
brain is malleable and receptive to new
Ninth and Tenth Grades: Keep on
•;Enrollment;in;courses;that;show;evi-dence of rigor is critical. “Rigor of
AP courses? Honors level? Is this a
good time for additional reading com-prehension;instruction;and;organiza-tional;skill;building?
to;partake;in;high;school-level;extra-curriculars and clubs. Continue to
sports, community service, and more.
Encourage students to engage in new
activities that could be out of their
comfort zone but worthwhile. Take
that optional freshman trip to the
• Establish study buddies and groups.
assistance among your students; it will
mirror the academic relationships to
begin as early as the spring of eighth grade . . .