ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES
CLHS Counseling Department has online booklets and pamphlets at your fingertips. Click the link to see what SchoolShelf is offering.
- Get to know your high school counselor and let her get to know you, your goals, career aspirations and schools you are considering, etc. Your parents may want to go along too.
- Take the PSAT Test (Fall)
- Use Naviance Student to research colleges
- Think about Dual Credit and AP classes NOW! (Review information on both of these on the guidance website.)
- Register with College Board at www.collegeboard.org
- Build your college resume
- Get a job (EVEN if your last name is Gates or Trump and you don't have to). Check out http://www.jobmonkey.com/ for some summer job opportunities.
- Volunteer in your community. Summer is the perfect time to seek out new experiences. Some students enroll in university programs for a taste of college life.. Others embark on archaeological digs or bike tours. Find a passion to pursue!
- Get involved in extracurricular activities
- "Job shadow" someone who does what you think you'd like to do (that means to follow them around for a day)
- Attend the CLHS college fair in October.
- Start a college savings account and regularly deposit into it (in addition to what your parents have for you)
- Explore careers and job opportunities in those careers. Check out these websites with quizzes and ideas for future careers.
- Study hard and do well in school – Remember, your grades will count toward college and will show up on your permanent record - check out this study source http://highschoolace.com/quiz/ace.cfm.
- Attend events on college campuses (plays, concerts, sporting events, activities related to your major, etc.)
- Talk to your friends about what they plan to do after college. Talk to your parents and your friends’ parents about what they do.
- Colleges review your transcripts. They place a heavy emphasis on your sophomore and junior year grades when reviewing your transcripts. Put in that extra effort to ensure academic success.
- Clean up your social media accounts. In a survey of more than 350 college admissions officers, 35% of the admissions officers said they check social media sites to learn more about applicants. Do NOT let your social media prevent you from college acceptances.
- Save money for your child’s college, even if you are just now starting. Many states offer tax-deferred, 529 college savings plans.
- Click on to the Financial Aid section of the guidance website for valuable information.
- Plan ahead for college finances. Discuss things with your child. Let him make his own decisions.
- Attend the Financial Aid Night at CLHS in September.
- Visit schools with your child, but let him visit again without you. And let him take the lead when you go together.
- Review http://www.everychanceeverytexan.org/ for information about financial planning and Texas schools information.