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College Prep Opportunities

When does college prep begin?

You'd think the answer to the start date for college prep would be "around grade 11", however a better and more accurate answer is Pre-K. The reason is that today's college admission teams look at more than GPA and test scores.

Think about how early young children actually learn values and skills. Those values and skills learned in elementary and middle school are central to high school success. Students who work well with others, volunteer, step up to lead, who are assertive and also good followers, tend to look better on college applications later.

Using the summer to your best academic advantage

Ah, summertime.  Time for teens to sleep in, go to the pool, work part time and...go to college prep camp? Summer is prime time to get your rising 11th and 12th grader ready for college.  Waiting until school starts in the fall puts a barrier of distraction in your teen's way.  
Making college decisions like what to major in and where to study and working on writing college admission essays all take quiet time.  Teens need and deserve the opportunity to reflect on what they want to do and how they want to get there.