Preparing Your Child for College
If you want your child to explore college options, it is never too early. Continue to talk to your child about college plans every year, keep an eye on your child’s study habits and grades, encourage your child to take the AP test, challenging classes, and most importantly STAY INVOLVED. No matter what you may think, your involvement in your child’s high school career can change what they may think about school.
Earn College Credit in High School
It's never too early to start talking to your child about their college options and how they can get ahead while still being in high school.
Students who take Advanced Placement courses and earn certain scores on corresponding tests can earn college credit.
IB students take classes that emphasize international-mindedness, encouraging students to develop their own cultural and national identity while building skills to live and work with others in a global society.
Students may earn both high school and college credits simultaneously, guaranteeing college credit upon successful completion while minimizing duplication of courses in high school and college.
Early College High School
An Early College High School provides students with an opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 hours of college credit or associate degree.
Raise.Me is a great tool to help your student with micro-scholarships, which is a scholarship fund that accumulates with good grades and extracurricular activities.
College Board has other resources besides SAT information. We encourage you to take a look around the scholarship section.
Scholarships are available as early as middle school so please search at the beginning of every school year.
Sign up for your school's newsletter to be informed of college fairs, FAFSA Nights and other events relating to college.
When you and your child are talking to a college representative at a college fair, be sure to let your child do the talking and just listen.
Take your child to visit colleges when classes are in session; high schools give the students a certain amount of college visit days that count as excused absences.
Your employer may offer scholarships for your child so be sure to ask.
Stay involved by talking to your child about college plans every year, keeping an eye on your child’s study habits and grades, and encouraging your child to take challenging classes.
Contact your local GO Center with any questions.