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It’s just too late to start understanding the process if you wait till junior year, especially from a cost standpoint.
FAFSA forms are based on tax information from January of a student’s junior year.
Adolescence is almost like a rerun of the earliest years of childhood, with both physical and intellectual change occurring at a startling pace, new dangers appearing all the time and an unending need for sleep and food. College admissions is a dark grey fog that will at some point descend upon your home. Taking whatever activity you already love to the next level and 3. The single caveat would be that parents can mention college to expel the notion (an urban myth) that freshman grades do not count for college admissions. A close eye on who she is making friends with, how and when she is getting her work done and her general health , would not go amiss.
And while you may not be a hovering parent it would not hurt to stick close for the first few months.
They may choose to defy us, but they should never for one moment be unclear of both the rules and the values our families espouse.
Ninth grade is the year to start (or for some kids, continue) one thing that will carry your student through high school (the newspaper, a drama group, a sport or art activity) and to try other things along the way.
This is a year to discover interest you never knew you had or that an activity undertaken since childhood is better left behind.
Ninth grade is the time and chance for new friendships to grow.
Realize that every year you will want to move their curfew back a little bit in acknowledgment of their growing maturity and freedom. If you start ninth grade at midnight, you will soon find yourself in trouble.” Couldn’t have said it better.The social order of high school means that kids largely stay in their grade groups.But in clubs, sports and other activities the grades mix fluidly.Academics may seem a bit challenging, but for most freshman, there is still time to experiment with different extracurricular interests.The most important things a freshman learns are about herself.