Parents: Helping Your 9th Grader Prepare for College
As a parent, you play an integral role in helping shape your child’s future. And while it may seem like college is a long way away for your 9th grader, in reality that future will be here before you know it. It’s crucial to figure out how you can work with your teen to stay on track over the next three years in regard to academics, career goals, and extracurriculars.
Read on for what you can do to form a successful plan of action at every time during the course of your student’s freshman year of high school, and check out CollegeVine’s Guide to 9th Grade for more advice.
Early Freshman Year
Encourage your child to challenge herself and explore her options. September and October of freshman year is an ideal time for your teen to start exploring new extracurriculars and clubs. It’s also one of the few times your child can try out something new and decide it’s not for her without many consequences, since she doesn’t need to commit to anything yet. For ideas on groups to join and activities for your 9th grader, check out How to Determine Which Clubs to Join: A Guide for Freshmen.