High school is a transitional period for students and their parents/guardians, whether it’s making the transition from middle school to high school or preparing for the world beyond high school. It’s often difficult for parents/guardians to know how much independence their adolescents are ready for; however, by giving their students a push while they are still at home ensures that are still there to provide support, guidance, and encouragement as needed.

One way to give their children a push is to provide a balance between independence and assistance as they prepare for post-secondary plans. Empowering children to be responsible for completing their college admissions applications, scholarship packets, visiting with college/military reps, etc. while being available to listen, offer considerations to review, etc. is a beneficial strategy for both parents/guardians and their children.

Parents/Guardians of seniors are also able to assist their students by completing a Parent Brag Sheet, which provides information that counselors and teachers may not always be aware of. This information is especially helpful when asked to write recommendation letters for college admissions, scholarships, etc. so that we gain insights into students’ interests, accomplishments, goals, and personal/academic growth. Please return the Brag Sheet to your child’s counselor at your earliest convenience.

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