A CBS News article recommends that students start planning for college during their freshman year of high school. This is corroborated by the policies of York Prep, a New York-based preparatory school whose college guidance program is respected nationwide.
In an article entitled “High School Freshman: Getting Ready for College”, CBS MoneyWatch’s Lynn O’Shaughnessey provides a list of steps for students to follow in order to realize their college and career dreams.
York Prep, a college preparatory school in New York City, is lauded for its college guidance program. It’s directed by founder Jayme Stewart, who also wrote How to Get into the College of Your Choice and How to Finance It. Stewart is widely known for her custom-designed college guidance program for York Prep students.
York Prep prepares its students for college as early as 6th grade. Their curriculum is based around their strengths. “For example,” says Stewart, “students who demonstrate the requisite skills can take honors Math in 7th grade, followed by pre-algebra and placement in the stronger math classes to finally earn a place in honors Calculus in the 12th grade.”
O’Shaughnessey’s article also recommends that students enroll in strong college prep courses. She says that these courses prepare students for a college-level workload. They also look good on a transcript.
O’Shaughnessey also recommends that student seek extra help, if necessary. York Prep’s Jump Start program offers assistance to students with different styles of learning. The school makes a special effort to ensure the success of all their students. They also have a wonderful peer tutoring program.
Finally, students are encouraged to volunteer and join. Extracurricular and volunteer activities are essential to a college application. However, O’Shaughnessey warns that a teenager should not get involved in something simply because it might grab an admissions officer’s attention.
York Prep requires that its students perform a minimum of 25 hours of public service per year of enrollment. This ensures that, no matter where their interests lie, they’ll have volunteerism on their academic record. They also offer a variety of clubs to join, which cover virtually any interest a student could have.
At York Prep, students gain a leg up into the college world. In fact, one hundred percent of its students are accepted into college, and over eighty-five percent attend their top choice. This supports O’Shaughnessey’s point: the earlier a student begins preparing for college, the better.
ABOUT: York Prep is a private, fully-accredited college preparatory school located in the Lincoln Center area of New York City. It was founded by Ronald and Jayme Stewart, and educates over 300 students.