How to Help Your 9th Grader Maximize Their High School Years

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Guest post contributed by Hannah Whittenly

Entering high school can be a daunting adventure. The environment is quite different from elementary and middle school as the buildings are larger, there are more people, and the classes are tougher. With a little motivation and encouragement, you can help to make transitioning to high school a success for your child so that it’s an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Be Involved With Activities

When you’re a parent of a high school student, there aren’t many field trips or holiday parties to help plan and attend. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be involved in sports, academic clubs and other activities that your child might be interested in being a part of in school. While you’re helping at school, encourage your child to join in as well to make new friends and to have something positive to put on college applications and job resumes. Being involved will also help you keep an eye on some of the things that teens might do in high school.

Push Academics

Encourage your child to do well in school. From taking college classes, such as those from the Interactive College Of Technology, to striving to be on the honor roll, this is a time in life when your child wants to do well in order to get into college after graduating. While some colleges look at sports and other activities, there are many that still look at grades, so your child wants to study and even take classes in the summer to get ahead on the educational track. Some community colleges offer fast-track programs that allow high school students to get an associate’s degree and a high school diploma.

Help with the Small Details

When your child gets the first school schedule, look over it together to see if there are any changes that need to be made. Look at a map of the school to find out where classes are located. There are some mistakes that happen with scheduling or teachers, but if you don’t know about them, then they can’t be changed. You also need to focus on the details of homework assignments and projects that are due to help your child stay on track.

Offer a Listening Ear

There will be questions that your child will have about high school. Instead of passing judgment, offer suggestions. Always be available to listen to what your child has to say. If you’re a support system, then you’ll be one of the first people your child turns to with problems that might arise.

It seems like children grow up too fast. They enter kindergarten and then high school in the blink of an eye. This is an important time for your child as it means that college or a career is right around the corner. Offer encouragement and suggestions for classes to take and activities to stay busy and involved with the school.

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