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Parent Resources
12 Tips to help your teen succeed in high school!

1. STAY POSITIVE: No matter how you did in school, it is important to encourage a LOVE of learning
2. HELP YOUR TEEN TO MAKE SHORT AND LONG TERM GOALS: Focus on the following timelines when making goals:
  • semester
  • year
  • high school
  • college/military/other education or training
3. HELP YOUR TEEN EXPLORE HIS/HER STRENGTHS AND INTERESTS: Discuss with your teen the following:
  • Their favorite subject and encourage them to select more courses in that area
  • Getting involved in SOME school activity
4. PROVIDE A SPACE FOR HOMEWORK: Have your teen help pick the space. It should incorporate the following:
  • stocked with school supplies
  • well-lit
  • Free from distractions
  • in an area where an adult can monitor
5. HAVE YOUR TEEN USE A DAILY PLANNER (WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC): This should be utilized every day to keep track of the following:
  • Homework assignments- yes they do have them!
  • Bigger project deadline dates
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Practices and other school activities
  • Social plans
6. TALK WITH YOUR TEEN EVERY DAY: Ask OPEN ended questions like the things your teen is discussing in their English class, so they have to say more than "yes" or "no." Let them know that they can discuss anything with you. If they are uncomfortable with both parties encourage utilizing the counselor, or just the trusted adult to discuss the topic.

7. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR TEEN'S SCHOOL: Attend special events, learn school policies, and keep in touch with teachers on a weekly basis.

8. FOSTER INDEPENDENCE: While it is important for you to bee there for your teen and offer support, you should also encourage your teen to make his/her own decisions AND take responsibility for them.

9. DISCUSS PEER PRESSURE: Remind your teen that having healthy relationships means not pressuring friends to do things they don't want to do. Make sure they know your rules, and that there are consistent consequences. Learn and share positive ways to:
  • use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • engage in sexual activity
  • bully others
  • do anything unsafe
10. BE AWARE AND INFORMED:
  • Know who your teen is hanging out with and what they do
  • know where your teen is at all times
  • set firm and fair rules for studying and time with friends
  • Make sure your teen knows how to reach you at all times-be calm if they contact you and have gotten into trouble
  • Monitor your teen's activities online
11. BE ALERT FOR ANY PROBLEMS: If you notice a change in your teen's behavior, talk with them right away. Seek help from teachers and counselor, if needed. Some red flags:
  • Increased moodiness
  • withdrawal
  • skipping school
  • not caring about appearance
  • sadness
12. KEEP THE LINES OF COMMUNICATON OPEN: Be a good listener. Even though they may think they know it all, they do need your guidance!

*All information adapted from Channing-Bete Parent Guides

Resources for Post Secondary Planning

Links for paying for college: The earlier you begin the better! 6th grade or BEFORE is best!

Paying for college with MET (Michigan Education Trust): Buying college credits at today's price!

Paying for college with MESP (Michigan Education Savings Program): This program offers 7 Investment options varying in degree of risk

Paying for College in Michigan: Click on Quick List, Forms/Documents

Michigan Postsecondary Handbook: Click on Postsecondary Handbook link

Federal Student Aid: 1-800-4FED-AID

AmeriCorps: http://www10.americorps.org/

US Military: www.todaysmilitary.com
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Downloadable complete College/Military Planning Guides

Michigan College Guide

Know How 2 Go: Click On Mentors

The Sallie Mae Fund

Grab College Prep

Ucango2.org - Student Workbook - Even though this wasn't created by the State of Michigan, it is still a useful workbook

NACAC - Guide for Parents

What the recruiter never told you: An article to assist in the Military decision

10 Steps to Joining the Military

ROTC and Military Academies information- http://www.collegeanswer.com/paying-for-college/other-ways-to-pay/military-service.aspx

USáArmy High School Program Guide: see PDF

ACT Website for College Planning: www.act.org/path/parent

Get Set for College by ACT: See PDF

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Middle School Age College Planning


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