Enrolling your child in a private school is a great step toward creating a strong college application. Here are
some other ways you can help your child further her chances at impressing
the admissions counselors.
Helping your high schooler study and do well in her classes is extremely
important for college admissions. With this in mind, help your child to
broaden her academic courses and desires. If she sticks to the easiest
classes and makes straight A’s, she may not stand out to the admissions
advisers. A student who took Advanced Placement, Honors, and extracurricular
classes, even if she received a B, is going to stand out. Students who
push themselves to learn and be greater than they can be will have stronger
applications than the student who did not venture outside of her comfort zone.
When your child expresses a sincere desire in extracurricular activity—art,
music, sports—encourage her to pursue it wholeheartedly. College
admissions counselors want to see her acting out her passions in any way
she can. If she desires music, acting, or painting, then encourage her
to get involved in a local band, improv company, or community beautifying
project. If she enjoys playing chess or gymnastics, then help her start
an afterschool club where fellow students can join the fun. Fan the flame
of her extracurricular passion, and colleges will notice.
In today’s world of technology, certain academic skills are going
by the wayside, much to the detriment of today’s youth. Typing,
writing, calculating, and many more daily skills are being replaced by
text messages, spell check, and smartphone apps. Help your student write
her college admissions essay with impeccable writing skills and playing
close attention to the prompts.
The faculty at
Orinda Academy believe in working with our students and parents to provide the best private
school education and student life in Orinda, CA. We want our students
to succeed, and we can only do that with your help. Call us at (925) 478-4504
to schedule a campus visit.