How to Remain Pressure Free When Applying to High School
I am currently helping my son decide which high school he wants to attend. I did not realize this process would have so many steps. Because, of course I did not remember the process from when I attended high school. The first thing to help you get prepared, is to help the student eliminate any schools they have no intention on attending. From there you can focus on scheduling shadow days and open houses for the schools they show interest in. I do recommend letting the student do a shadow day if possible. This gives the student a day to experience the schools environment , and talk to their peers about how they like the school. I also highly recommend that families prepare and get information for the interested school in the 7th grade. We attended our local school choice fair. Which was a great experience . That way once the student is in 8th grade they already have the choices of those schools and can focus on scheduling the shadow days and attending the open houses. This step really helped my son. He had time to do research on the potential schools and was ready to fill out the applications without feeling rushed. Also make sure to get teacher recommendations when applicable. Make sure you give the teacher ampule time to complete it. More importantly do not procrastinate with the applications. Remember to get a few copies to account for any mistakes. Fill them out and send them back to the school as soon as possible. The application deadline will seem far way at first. But your busy everyday life schedule will make things pretty hectic. Making you unintentionally forget about it. Lastly, if your child’s school has access to a guidance counselor, use them as a resource. They know the ends and outs of the process and can answer your questions. So don’t be intimated by the vastness of the process. Get ready, get prepared , and you and your child will feel no pressure.