My High School Isn't Focused on College Planning

My High School Isn't Focused on College Planning

Learn what you can do if your high school isn't focused on college planning and college admissions

Maybe you expected more from your high school: academic guidance, AP class offerings, or help in preparing for standardized tests.

However, for one reason or another, your high school fell short of your college preparation expectations.

That’s okay.

Just because you have to do most of the heavy lifting, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to make the transition from high school to college.

The journey to enrolling in college may not always be easy, but there are many resources available to you outside the halls of your high school.

Once you take the initiative on your future, you may realize that you didn’t need as much help with college planning from your high school as you originally thought.

Research, Research, Research

A recent study done by the College Board, an organization dedicated to college planning, reveals that the ratio of counselors to students is, on average, 1 to 467.

That’s nearly 500 students per counselor.

With those kinds of numbers, it’s just a fact that at many schools you’re not likely to get the sort of attention you deserve. However, with the convenience of the Internet, much of the information that a counselor would have provided is now accessible at your fingertips.

A quick Web search can lead you to everything you need for a college preparation checklist. Every college’s website will have a list of its own requirements for admission. The requirements may range from taking an extra science class to getting a certain score on the SATs. The type of preparation required for college admission is often different than the minimum requirements to graduate high school, so it is important to conduct your research as early as possible.

Advanced Placement: What To Do If Your School Doesn’t Offer APs

Advanced Placement classes are a huge advantage for those who are able to take them. They can raise your GPA and potentially entitle you to college credit in that subject. But if your school doesn’t offer AP classes, you may have to find other ways to benefit from the advantages of college-level courses.

Community colleges usually allow high school students to enroll in entry-level college-level classes. In some states, the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options law may require your high school to pay for a class that it doesn’t offer.

Not only can these classes count toward your college transcript, they will also give you a sneak peek into college-level academics. Colleges like to see that you’re serious about your education, and taking outside classes is one way to prove your dedication to learning.

Preparing for College Doesn’t Need to be a Lonely Journey

If your high school doesn’t offer the level of support and advice you’re looking for while you’re preparing for college, try to find someone to turn to for guidance.

Obviously, your parents are a good place to start. But there also many teachers, coaches, and school administrators who are willing to help and provide some of the support you’re looking for. Why not turn to them for advice? Some colleges even offer the chance to speak to their current students for direction.

If you’re high school isn’t focused on college planning, don’t despair. The resources are out there. You just have to work a little harder to track them down.

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