Beginning Preparation For College

Although it is still early in the summer, it is never too early to think about how to prepare your teen to go to college. If your kid recently graduated from high school, they are soon to be heading off to the college of their choosing, ready to start the next chapter in their lives. This part of the process should not be difficult—applications have been filled out, decisions have been made, and your student has begun to mentally prepare.

But this is still a hard time. Especially if your kid is going to an out of state school, they will have to learn how to be on their own for the first time. They will have to figure things out on their own, make decisions without parental guidance, and discover their place in this world. Even if your students still have a few years of high school left, this blog will help when the time comes.

At Resurrection Christian School, we work hard to prepare our high school students for college. We work with students to help them get the best ACT and SAT scores they can to help them get into the colleges they want. We use technology courses and different programs to help them learn about the world and prepare them for the future.

But now the preparation is in your hands. Your teen is ready to take that next giant step in their life, and you need to be there for support. Your kid may take a while picking the college that will best suite their future dreams, their personality, and their academic pursuit, but once they make that important decision, you must help them get everything together and be mentally ready for the challenge ahead.

Making the College Decision

Before we dive in, let’s take a moment to help those parents dealing with an indecisive teen. If your kid has yet to decide on the college they want to attend, have a chat with them. Find out what colleges your student is considering and why. If they are considering a school because of a friend, a significant other, or because it has a fun reputation, try to talk to them about why these are not good reasons to be basing their college decision off of.

Teens will be teens, and if you tell them they cannot make decision based on these reasons, they may go against what you say simply to rebel. So, keep it calm, don’t make accusations, and be reasonable. Find out what their interests are and what they may want to study, then look into each school and find out what their best programs are. Finding a school with a great nursing programs may persuade your student to select that school instead of their less desirable choice.

Once the decision is made, it is time to start preparing your student mentally for college. According to Healthline, the sad fact is the one out of four college students suffer from some form of mental illness, 44 percent report signs of depression. So helping your student through this time in their lives could truly make a difference.

Picking a Major Isn’t Major

Of course selecting the right major is important, but it is not something that needs to be done the first semester or even the first year of their college careers. According to the University of La Verne, about 50 to 70 percent of students will change their major at least once, and most change it at least three times.

Stress this point to your child. They may have dreamed about being a historian since their were young, but once they start classes they may find their math classes much more interesting. Remind them that it is okay to be undecided for a while and test the waters, try out classes that they never imagined liking.

Do research on the majors they may seem interested on, declaring could help them out. For example, at Colorado State University, new freshmen can declare a business major right away. But it they hold off only to later decide they want to give business a shot, they will have to get their GPA up to a 3.0 before their can declare. Keep that in mind while researching colleges.

Don’t Force The Major

This is just a small reminder to let your kids live their own lives. If you push your child to be an engineer because your family comes from a long line of engineers, it may end badly. If they don’t like the major or the industry but feel pressured to follow the family, they will end up hating college all together, and may not even have the desire to finish.

Take Time, Save Money

Your teens will want to spend one last summer with their high school friends, but they could be using that valuable time to save another valuable asset: money. Depending on who is paying for college, you will soon learn that it is way more expensive than anything should be, but that is the way it is.

By having your student apply for scholarships, even if they only get a few, they can save a lot of money. The more scholarships, the more money they can save. Although it takes a ton of time, it could truly help their, or your, financial situation in the future and allow them to not take out as many loans.

Have your kid spend a few hours a day applying to scholarships. While they may hate you for it now, they are sure to thank you in the future.

Instill Independence

Most likely, your student will be living in the dorms their freshmen year. This means they will have a certain level of independence they did not have before. They will take care of all their laundry, cleaning, feeding themselves, and whatever else they generally rely on you to take care of.

Many students will get their first job, or a work study, during their first year in college. They will be in charge of their money, and have to decide whether they will save it or not. Teaching them to save at least a portion of their money could help them start building up their account before having to find a place to rent the follow year.

During the summer, start giving your teen a little more independence so they can begin to figure it out. If you keep a close eye on everything your student does and force them to follow your rules until they move out, the transition may be more challenging for them.

Get Ready For Move-In Day

Obviously move-in day won’t be for quite a while, but it is never too early to start preparing. Tell your teen to start planning on what they will bring, what they will need to buy, and what they can buy there. This may also be a good time to have them clean out and throw away old junk they no longer need or want.

When planning on what to pack, remember they will be home for Christmas break, hopefully earlier, and they can swap out summer clothes for winter items during this time. There is no need to bring everything the first time around.

Plan on what they will need once they are in the dorms. Do they have the proper size of sheets? Do they have a laundry basket? Will they need their own cleaning supplies or a shower caddy? Do they need a bike? Will there be room in their dorm for extra seating? Find out the layout of their dorm room and start planning from there. Let them figure out what they will need besides the basics. Decorating a dorm room is half the fun of living in the dorms. Let them enjoy it.

Obviously these are not the only tips that can help prepare your teen for college, and we will go over more as the time draws closer. For now remember these tips and be there for your students. Let them ask questions and answer them the best you can. This is generally a point where teens begin to push away from their parents because they are preparing for a difficult sendoff. Don’t get upset with them for this, help them prepare, and mentally prepare for yourself.

Resurrection Christian School can help get your kids prepared to apply and get into the colleges they want with ACT and SAT prep. If your student is not yet heading to college, make sure they are getting an education that can help them get there. Learn more about Resurrection Christian School today!


Why You Should Enroll Your Kids at RCS

In today’s society, education has become a major aspect in determining a student’s future. Getting a good education, excellent college prep, and learning about the world and its issues have become an important part of life. You want your kids to get the best education possible.

With so many different school options, it is hard to decided the best educational path for our children. We want them to learn and grow in a community that supports different learning styles and abilities. We want them to be accepted and get an education that will help them throughout life. We want them to be successful more than we wanted ourselves to be successful.

At Resurrection Christian School, your child will be given the best education, have several options for extracurricular activities, and be part of an amazing and supportive community. It is never too early to start thinking about your child’s future and the type of education you want for them. At our school, your child can be part of a growing community. From preschool to high school, your child can learn and develop with their friends, build important bonds, feel a sense of belonging, and be part of something bigger than themselves.

Enrollment for Resurrection Christian School is starting soon, and we would love to be the community in which your child gets the best education and preparation for the real world. If you have a little one about to enter school, consider Resurrection Christian School. They will be able to get a great education while growing in a community that is supportive and accepting.

Need more convincing? Here are reasons why our school would be a great choice for your children.

One Community

Like we mentioned earlier, our school is for preschool to highschool. You child will not only get a great education, but they will grow in one community. While going to new schools every few years is exciting and gives children new experiences, a stable and supportive community is very beneficial.

While many public schools generally just filter a few elementary schools into the middle school and a few middle school filter into a high school, allowing for children to keep friends and meet new people, these transitions can be hard. Some students may have trouble with the transitions, their friends may find new friends, and their tightknit community is lost.

But when their friends and community grows together, the structure in their life can help them feel more comfortable. Community is an important factor at our school. It is what makes our campus so special. We all know someone who is still friends with their childhood friends, and that is something to envy. It is almost like having a second family.

But students do not miss out on the excitement of switching schools. The Resurrection Christian campus is made up of elementary school, middle school, and high school. Each school has a different principal, different staff members, and a new and exciting atmosphere for the students. But their community remains the same.

Excellent Education

We are proud of our educational programs. Our students go above and beyond when it comes to education.

Elementary School

Elementary schools use the DIBELS system to measure a child’s reading skills. This system helps us identify those students who need more help in certain areas of reading. Out of our elementary students, 92 percent are performing at, or above, the benchmark.

Our elementary students are also scoring above other students taking the Terra Nova standardized test. We teach our students more than just academic skills and lessons. We teach them spiritual, emotional, and social lessons as well, allowing them to develop as a person and learn how to apply these to real world situations.

Middle School

In our middle school, it is important to us the every student have a positive connections, with the school, fellow students, and teachers. We understand that this is generally a difficult time for many students, which is why we work hard to encourage and help students. Our academic programs are meant to help our students understand what they should understand and be able to do, helping prep them for high school.

High School

Our high school students get both academic and real world education. All students must participate in a mission trip as a graduation requirement, where they will share the gospel and serve the community. They will also be well informed and prepared for the real world.

Students will be offered courses to help them succeed in this technology advanced century. These classes revolve around technology and help them learn important skills that many employers look for in potential candidates. These include skills like digital video writing, programming skills from HTML, CSS, and more, computer-aided design with 3D printers, and the mechanics behind cell phones, laptops, and more.

We also teach student cultural awareness. We offer programs such as mission trips, Operation Christmas Child, Art of Water, and other fantastic opportunities. Our goal through these programs is to get students acknowledging what is going on in the world around them, give them a basic understanding of technology and how it applies to everyday life, and how they can help improve the world.

We offer our high school students excellent ACT and college prep, helping them score higher and be prepared for whichever college they choose. Over the past eight years, RCS has had higher ACT scores than other schools across the state.

To prepare our students for college we teach them how to write a good resume, essays for college, build a portfolio, and many other lessons to help them prepare for how to get into college and handle college. We want all of our students to succeed, that is why we teach them these life lessons that they are sure to use for years to come.

Extracurricular Activities

Our school offers many different activities for our students. Art, music, theater, and sports. Your children will be able to explore and learn about their hobbies, what hidden talents they may have, and have fun doing it. Extracurricular activities help students stay involved and become even more part of a community, while also getting a break from their school work.

At RCS, our students are our top priority, just like your kids are yours. Give your child the education they deserve, an education that will help them throughout life. Enroll your children at Resurrection Christian School for the next school year and allow them to become part of our amazing and supportive community! Take a free tour of our campus and feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have!