Half of the parents we encounter nonchalantly pass on services if their students are in the 8th or 9th grade. The other half are anxious to discuss college prep because their children are in the 11th or 12th grade and they feel the pressure to get them ready. The quality of college prep falls into three categories: best, better, poor. We want you to fall into the top 2!
The best college preparation begins as early as elementary school. A solid reading and mathematics foundation is crucial to admissions tests and success in college courses. Alternatively, focusing on college preparation in middle school gives students a head start in thinking about career interests, building solid foundations in algebra and advanced grammar and writing skills, and building a 4 year preparation plan for high school.
A better preparation plan begins in the 9th grade. Most of the content on the ACT or in their college courses begin in high school. It is also a great time for students to get involved organizations and activities to enhance their scholarship and college applications.
Last and definitely least beneficial time to prepare for college preparation is the senior year or summer after graduation. As a college administrator, I’ve seen what waiting until the last minute looks like in terms of college success. Students who submit applications, FASFA’s late, and attend orientation late often miss chances for scholarships, federal grant money and other opportunities to set them up for college success.
Preppy Lesson: The earlier the better!
Check out Preppy’s 4-Year Preparation Guide.