The National PTA

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The National PTA offers this advice in Parents’ Guides to Student Success: At the beginning of high school, sit down with your child’s teachers, counselor or other adviser to discuss what it will take for your child to graduate, your child’s goals and your child’s plans after high school. Create a plan together to help your child reach these goals. This plan should include

  • an appropriate course sequence to meet your child’s goals
  • the most appropriate extracurricular activities for your child
  • your plan to help your child prepare for college or career (For example, if your child is interested in a particular field, look to see if internships exist to build your child’s work experience in that area.)
  • finding ways to pay for college or advanced training