As a (step)Mom to a 21 year old who has graduated and a 15 year old entering his Sophomore year, I decided to easily sum up what each level of High School has as a purpose to their graduation and advancement to the next phase. Whether it be to work, attend College or apprentice, High School is the last 4 years you have as a parent to shove all you can down them before you send them off to the real world. It is not a game, it is not meant to be a social assignment, but the time when you rewind back to the preschool years when their minds were like sponges and they yearn to learn. It really does happen again to an extent at this age. I am not an educator or a counselor, just a Mom. My baby sister just graduated College this year and with my boys, I have learned a thing or two and want to share that with you!
The Engagement year!
Scholastically: All of a sudden every grade counts! GPA is real and a bearing on their future plans. They will meet a ‘school counselor’ who may ask if they know their goals. Why? Because if they do, they can start structuring the courses they choose around state and college standards so they have the credits they need in the end. Are they in sports and clubs? Being engaged will help them socially.
Parent Support: As soon as those syllabuses come home from the teachers the first days, email them! Introduce yourself, engage! And keep that communication going. Support your child, listen if they want an ear to talk drama, but don’t let them talk drama too much. Give a quick response and do not join their emotions. Your role is to keep them on the path of education being a priority now! Focus on that and everything else has a way of working out. Raid there backpacks! Help teach them organization with those binders and papers
Financial Planning: They are about 15 and at 15 1/2 it is Drivers Ed and permit time! Driver’s Ed can be expensive. Hight School has ways to pay for items like Annuals and ASB’s at a discount if you purchase early in the school year, so take advantage of that! Some courses-Science and maybe PE may have small fees due within 30 days after the start of its Semester.