Gear up for College
A Guide for Parents of 8th Graders
Provided by GEAR UP-A program administered by the
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
As a parent of a student about to enter high school, you naturally care a great
deal about your child's future. Whether it's education, career or personal
issues, you want your child to have a successful and satisfying life.
College can be an important ingredient in that formula. Starting in the
9th grade, the courses your child takes and the grades he or she makes
through the 12th grade will impact his or her opportunity to attend the
college of his or her choice later.
Today's 8th-grade students will need to take at least three math courses
and three lab science courses in high school (9th-12th grade) to meet
college admission requirements.* This probably wasn't the case when you
attended high school. Requirements have certainly changed over the
years, and that is why it's so important to gather information on what
your child needs to do in high school, like taking the 15 core courses
required for college admission and earning good grades. Then, sit down
with your child and the school counselor and make a plan. This is also a
good time to help your child explore different careers so he or she will
understand the important connection between academic success now
and a successful life later.
It's never too early to plan for college. That's why we have sent you this
brochure. From outlining academic requirements your child needs now
to suggesting sources of financial aid to utilize later, this planning guide
explains the steps you and your child can take over the next few years
to prepare for his or her academic and college success.
So take a few minutes and read through
this guide. Then, talk with your child
about preparing for college.
Get more information on planning,
applying and paying for college at
hat courses needed to meet college admission requirements may differ from
those needed to meet high school graduation requirements. Please check with the district
your child is attending to get current high school graduation requirements.
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