This is the first year that admissions officials will see on your child's transcript and, thus, is a good time to take stock of his academic strengths and weakness. If your son has any inkling of career goals, consider which classes would help him achieve them. Additionally, think about which extracurriculars your son should continue. Colleges look for students who have participated in meaningful extracurricular activities throughout their high school careers.
_____ Check out the www.evangelacademy.com. The site contains information on college planning for every year of high school.
_____ Be aware of your child's academic performance. Are course levels appropriate?
_____ Encourage your child to participate in meaningful activity, in and out of school. Consider community service. Begin an Activities Record that records his accomplishments, activities, and awards. Many colleges will ask for your child's resume with his application.
_____ Evaluate your child's academic progress. Are grades up to par? If not, what study habits need improvement?
_____ Review your child's course selection sheet for sophomore year. Urge your child to select (or continue) the most challenging classes possible and choose at least one community service activity.
_____ Is your child enjoying extracurricular activities? If not, what changes need to be made?
_____ Begin thinking about summer plans (camp. job, travel, volunteer work).
_____ Evaluate your child's academic performance and extracurricular involvement.
_____ Finalize summer plans.