High school is a challenging time for teenagers. It is also the time when most parents first start looking for scholarship opportunities to help cover the costs of tuition and the expenses for books, lunch, etc.
Every high school student knows that this schooling level can be a long experience, full of endless studies and challenging projects, all of these starting from one thing – a high school admission. It is during this time that every student strives to stand out from the crowd and get accepted into the school of their choice.
To make the admission into the high school of their choice as easy as possible students can make use of any (preferably of all) of the tips below, so be sure to give these a consideration if you wish to increase your chances of getting accepted.
The first thing a future high school student should do is spend a bit of time researching each school online. Many high schools nowadays have their own website and these websites contain quite a bit of useful information about their admission requirements, fees (in case of private schools), curriculum, and whatnot.
By taking a quick look at these pieces of information and later on comparing this information to the information obtained from other schools students can find out what the school has to offer, how a school’s curriculum compares to the curriculums of other schools, but – most importantly – the school’s admission requirements. This research will take some time, yes, but it is well worth it in the end to help guarantee your success.
Another thing you should be aware of is whether or not the school you wish to enroll in is part of the state’s gifted education program.
Some states (such as West Virginia in the USA) or counties, do not have gifted programs. If this is the case for your high school, you may wish to attend a school outside of the state. Some high schools do have the program, but they are not the best, so you should spend time researching this, as well.
Whenever possible, you should pay special attention to how the school tests the students for the admission. Many high schools require standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (or SAT, abbreviated) or the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for a student to be accepted into the school.
These standardized tests will determine which high schools a student will be able to enroll in. If you were to attend an extremely high-performing high school that is not part of the state’s gifted education program, it would be difficult to get into that school. But, if your SAT / NAEP scores are average or below average, you could attend this school and be among a high-performing group of students.
Something else you may wish to take into account is the amount of time you have to spend on your admission. Some schools do limit the number of hours you can spend on research or other types of things that will count towards the admission.
If there are any other requirements such as SAT that you need to meet, the school may not be willing to make accommodations for that. So, spend some time considering all your options and compare the time frame you have to complete the process with each school.
Another important factor in your high school admission process is how influential the teacher who will be in charge of your course is.
Some teachers prefer students who are very organized while others encourage chaos. If your teacher is of the former type, you will need to consider how well your organizing skills will play into your high school career.
If you think you will benefit from a more organized classroom, ask about the expectations of your classroom during the admissions process. Do they require all students to be on the same page, do they expect all students to write essays? Do they expect all students to read? These are all important considerations when choosing the right school for your career.
The last – but definitely not the least – tip we can give you that is very important when you apply for high school admissions is your personality and how you will fit into that specific school.
Are you naturally extroverted, or do you tend to be more comfortable in quieter settings? Do you have a particular favorite sport or interest? All these things can be incorporated into the application process to help you choose the right school for your personality and interests.
There are many schools you can attend, but it’s very important to remember that the high school admission process is not just about the grades you (can) get, but also about your personality and how well it fits into that particular school.
This actually is the most important part of the entire schooling experience, because it is the starting point in your future career and, depending on how well you prepare for that career now, will impact the success you’ll have with it later on.
So, be sure to spend some time doing the research so that you know where to go for the best possible high school education.