College and Career
Parental involvement is crucial in the college and career planning process. With parents and counselors working together, a sound college and career choice strategy becomes a reality for each child. Students and parents find it difficult to select "target" schools. Some pick "reaches," while others stick with "safeties." Conferring with your school counselor can bring things more into
focus. The counselor has the experience and objectivity to help students and parents make the right choices. Solid communication between parents, students, and counselors is absolutely essential to proper and efficient planning.
GRADE 9: Emphasis must be on academics.
Students must accept increased responsibility for their actions and performance immediately upon entering high school. A solid academic record is very important. Grade 9 counts 25 percent of the final class rank and overall grade-point average for college.
GRADE 10: Continue to emphasize academics. The better a student does in Grades 9 and 10 the more options he/she will have later on. Students should begin to
expand college and career exploration.
GRADE 11: Overall high school performance is the key to college admission. Junior year performance is crucial. College and career exploration is in full swing. College visits should be planned. Students should take college admissions tests (SAT, ACT) by May or June.
GRADE 12: The senior year is extremely busy with the college admissions process, financial aid, and scholarship applications. Deadlines are crucial. This can be very stressful if you are uninformed. The senior year courses should be challenging, and it is critical to maintain good grades.
What to Be and Where to Go?
The Maple Grove Guidance Office has an extensive list of resources available to students and parents. There are over 100 videos on careers, colleges, the college application process, the SAT, college athletics, and financial aid. There are also many books available on financial aid sources, careers, college guides, and study skills to name but a few.
Students and parents are encouraged to contact Mrs Filkins and Mrs Russo in the Guidance Office for more information