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Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
9 Things Counselors Want Parents to Know About High School

A new school year is like the first page of a new notebook: fresh and ready for a great story. Your high school student is likely to be both excited and trepidatious about how this school year’s plot might turn out. But you and your student have at least one common goal - that this story has a happy ending no matter what obstacles lie ahead. To help you out, we’ve collected advice from high school counselors and independent educational advisors on what really helps a student to succeed. Talk about it with your high school student and work together ...

Posted Aug. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife Publishes 2017 Guide to Therapeutic Programs and Services

If you know a teenager with mental health or addiction issues, then you know the meaning of heartbreak. One in five children ages 13 to 18 have or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Almost 12 percent of admissions to substance-abuse treatment programs were teens ages 12 to 19, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Just at the age when the world is opening up to them, these teens hit an emotional wall. And their families and friends ...

Posted July 29, 2017, 7 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
It's August! Check Our College To-Do List for High School Seniors

Getting a head start on applying to college the summer before senior year can make the fall and spring less stressful for parents and high school seniors. High school seniors will need to be prepared for the overwhelming amount of college admissions activities once school begins. Tackling some of those college related tasks now can help ease some of the pressure in the fall. Get ahead of the game and prepare in advance by using this checklist. If you do, parents and seniors should be ready for senior year to begin. 1. Get ready for standardized tests. The fall standardized ...

Posted July 28, 2017, 8 a.m. by Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon | View Comments
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Remember when you had your first child and, walking out of the hospital, you wondered how anyone could actually be entrusting you with this fragile bundle that did not even fit into that ridiculous car seat? Yes, you read the books, assembled the crib, bought the onesies. But, really, why did everyone think you knew what you were doing? For many students, that is how they feel when the last suitcase has been loaded into the SUV and Mom and Dad are driving them to the first days of college. Yes, they have filled in the college orientation forms, bought ...

Posted July 25, 2017, 5 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
The Most Important Questions to Ask About a Private School

It’s a big decision to send a high school student to private school. As a parent, you’ll have plenty of questions, not the least of which is how to pay for it. But even if money is no object, there are important questions to ask about a school, whether you are considering a private day school or a boarding school. You’re sure to think of the obvious ones: college acceptance rates; grading policies; sports rankings; AP classes. But to get to the heart of school culture, you’ll have to go deeper and consider the harder issues of high school, such ...

Posted July 21, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
 How High School Students Can Dodge Summer Brain Drain

Toss everything you need into a bag for a summer day at the beach or pool: a towel; some sunblock; and a nice, thick book about American history. Wait, what was that last one? Heavy-duty reading material might not make the top of a high school student’s list for a chill-out day under the sun, but it should. Research shows the importance of keeping the brain engaged during a long vacation – and of course, it might help with college admissions. “There’s 30 years of research on the idea of summer learning loss, tracking it over time. It’s been consistently ...

Posted July 19, 2017, 4 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
10 Essentials To Take on A Gap Year (and one not to)

Are you considering a gap year? A little time away from school (for most students, the first time since kindergarten!) is a great opportunity to get outside the United States, meet different people and learn about completely different cultures. You’ll also learn a lot about yourself and have time to think about who you want to become! You can wander the globe during your gap year, join a structured gap year program, take part in a summer program for high school students, or live with a foreign family in a homestay. No matter which course you choose, you will change ...

Posted June 29, 2017, 8 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
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Come summer, high school students can develop that hang-out-on-the couch glazed look that says, “All I have to look forward to is a summer job, test prep and summer reading.” It doesn’t have to be that way. There are thousands of summer programs for teenagers, featuring all kinds of activities and subjects, from engineering to dance to community service to overseas travel. These high school summer programs aren’t anything like the old-fashioned idea of “summer school.” Instead, they let students explore a campus, discover a new part of the world, try out a college major or dive deep into a ...

Posted June 27, 2017, 9:53 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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It’s tempting for high school students to spend summer hanging out with friends, sleeping past noon, and attempting to do absolutely nothing. And while it’s true that down time for growing teens is absolutely necessary, too much is neither a healthy option nor the wisest choice if college is in their future. Encouraging high school students to get out and have some worthy, productive summer experiences is super important – for parents and for them – especially for those students hoping to score a scholarship or two. And even if teens are working, attending a teen summer program, or taking ...

Posted June 20, 2017, 2:56 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
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Heading off to boarding school is exciting – and nerve-wracking. And having made the commitment, your student now has the entire summer to think – and worry – about it. Understand that high school students are nervous about any new social situation. While you might consider boarding school life a great opportunity and adventure, your student might be imagining a strange new world with its own cliques and secret codes. What can you do to help your student make the transition to boarding school? For starters, make listening a top priority this summer. Don’t patronize or undervalue your student’s concerns. ...

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