High school days are crucial from 9th to 11th grades. Twelve grade is not as important because college do not factor in the courses taken at that grade level. The scores from that grade mainly impacts the grade-point-average and high school rank. Consequently, as your child prepares to be promoted from middle school to high school start looking into the academic standards of high schools.
A basic foundation for math should be in place at the end of elementary school. If not do not panic there is still hope because most high schools offer tutorials, either early mornings or late evenings. Once the foundation is in place your child will be able to meet the demands of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. High school should offer all three math rudiments even if it is as an elective. Have your child take all three to ensure high SAT math scores. High SAT math scores will exempt your child from the mandatory entry level college math exam. If, for whatever reason, your child still has to take the college entry exam he or she will score high enough to avoid remedial college math.
To read or not to read
High school students have a very demanding reading list. Check out this website for their reading list. It may sound overwhelming after reviewing the reading list nevertheless, it is imperative to add art and cultural reading to the list. It will pay off for students who will take the SAT.
Writing for success
In college writing 5 and 6 page papers is a must. So in high school check out the school’s writing curriculum. Ensuring your child is a good writer in high school will mean success in college as well as in his or her career.
A science affair
A science curriculum can be as big or small as a river, it all depends on the location. In high school you child should be introduced to many areas of science along with the basic lab experience.
All the articles featuring “what your child should know” are a broad brush of the academic status for your child from elementary through high school. It is a starting point to help you the parent understand the academic expectations for your child.