Many schools claim the title of a prep school, but do they all live up to it? In that same thought, shouldn’t all schools with teenage students be preparing attendees for college?
When sending students to college prep boarding schools, parents should look beyond the label and evaluate the school’s actual performance. These institutions need to practice guidance, rather than only pay lip service to it. Students who attend Wasatch Academy are taught the fundamentals of college readiness, plus we are proud of the fact that our graduates have a 100 percent college acceptance rate.
Questions to Ask
There is a list of questions to ask at your student’s boarding school visit to ensure that they are in the right environment. One of the biggest struggles students have when entering college is being at a different level than their peers. Ask if the college prep boarding schools that you choose for your students teach common core, a standard education level for all schools to aspire to.
In addition to that, ask the schools how students perform on their ACTs or SATs on average. Your student should take advantage of all AP or honors classes available to prepare for college. Find out where the graduates from the boarding schools are attending college to get an idea of what you can expect for your student.
College prep boarding schools should be taking advantage of the full four years of high school to build students who are ready to take on the real world. The best of these prep schools will send students through college counseling courses. As it gets closer to graduation, they should be going on school visits to their top picks.
At Wasatch Academy we begin college preparedness in freshman year. With personalized counseling, parents can rest assured knowing their students will find a school that’s a perfect fit and have the application to get into the college or university that is the best fit for them.