End-of-Year Checklist: Preparing for High School

By Sylvan Learning

High School
End-of-Year Checklist: Preparing for High School

Is your child entering high school? Check out this list for everything you and your teen need to know to maximize this first year in high school.

  • Meet with your child’s middle school teachers
    … and discuss the successes and pitfalls of the previous year.
  • Peruse the freshman year curriculum
    … and use the summer months to prepare your teen for next year’s classes.
  • Get to know the high school guidance counselor
    … to find out what you can expect from high school courses and the year ahead.
  • Look into exam requirements
    … and order test materials, and make sure you’re aware of PSAT/NMSQT registration dates.
  • Select a service area to volunteer with
    … because being active in the community makes teens well-rounded and looks great on college applications.
  • Start building a portfolio
    … and include extracurricular activities, service efforts, honors and accolades.
  • Job shadow over the summer
    … in potential fields of interest.
  • Build relationships with high school teachers
    … as they will be great resources for college recommendations.