A student’s senior year is one of the most important in his or her high school career. While some students feel like they’re done by the time they hit this point, the truth is that there’s still a fair bit of work left to be done. If you’re the parent of a rising high school senior, you’ll want to keep the following tasks in mind.
While most students take their college admission exams during their junior year, many students choose to make one more attempt during their senior year. If your child is choosing to take the SAT or ACT, make sure to keep a lookout for the Fall testing dates. Most students who take the Fall test can still get their scores in time to apply for college in the spring.
If your child is already done at testing, it’s time to start looking at college applications. If your student is going to be applying early decision to a college, you should be aware that most of those deadlines come before the end of the first semester. If your student is still considering colleges, you’ll want to start working on personal statements, getting letters of recommendation, and looking at the various deadlines so that you can stay ahead of the process.
Finally, you’ll want to start looking at the big costs associated with being a high school senior. This means looking at senior portraits, prom costs, and even the costs related to graduation. Don’t forget that most college applications cost money, as do AP exams. These costs can be very burdensome, so make sure that you’re realistic with your student about what your family can really afford.