What should students do in Eleventh Grade?
Students need to take a challenging course load that speaks to their interests. They should utilize the Intensives
thoughtfully, setting up internships or independent studies that will allow them to do hands-on work with mentors who will take an active interest in their progress. Students should make notable contributions to extracurricular activities
Students will take the PSAT again in October to qualify for National Merit recognition. They should plan to take the ACT and/or the SAT in the winter and should map out a schedule of test-taking and test preparation with the college counselor.
What should parents do when their child is in Eleventh Grade?
Parents should attend the Eleventh Grade Parents Night in January AND the Financial Planning Night in February.
Parents should meet with the college counselor and their child to establish a preliminary college list.
Parents should plan tours of colleges on the preliminary list.
Parents should utilize the projected cost calculators on colleges’ websites.
Parents should read Colleges that Change Lives by Loren Pope.
Goals of Eleventh Grade
Students should focus on leadership: serving in key roles in activities
, and/or academics that reflect who they are and what they value. Students should look carefully at their preliminary college lists and study the schools which ones feel to be the best match.
What to do during the summer after Eleventh Grade?
Students should challenge themselves in a manner that is “outside of the box”—get a job, go camping, start a blog, etc. In addition, students should follow-through on established relationships from previous summer experiences and Intensives.
And always: read good books!