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Updated October 23, 2017 |
5 Tips for Getting Ahead in High School
We take a look at the various ways high school students can get a leg up on higher education while they are still in high school.
While most students anticipate summer break as a time to let down and recharge, others spend the summer months planning ways to get ahead during the next academic year. For those over-achievers, there are many options to choose from, between summer school opportunities and accelerated programs once the regular school year rolls around. If you are a student looking for fast-track opportunities, or a parent of one of those ambitious students, we have the tips you are looking for to get a step up on the high school years.
Advanced Placement
This tried and true program offers high-pressure demands and challenges comparable to a college-level course. So why undertake Advanced Placement classes in high school? According to the Princeton Review, Advanced Placement, also known as AP, offers a myriad of benefits to high school students, including:
  • The ability to pick and choose the subjects for acceleration
  • The chance to impress prospective colleges
  • The opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school
Currently, there are more than 30 AP subjects available, although the options may vary from high school to high school. If you excel at writing, an AP English course may be the perfect choice. Math gurus may prefer an AP math class, while aspiring scientists can find AP courses in biology, chemistry or physics. Even history buffs will find a variety of options in AP world and American history, government or other classes.
Advanced Placement courses offer the ability to take an exam near the end of the school year. Students
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Updated October 14, 2016 |
Summer Camps Keep Kids Learning
Be inspired by this list of summer camp ideas that keep kids learning all through vacation, even while they are having a warm weather blast with their friends.
If you are looking for a way to keep your kids in the learning game this summer, there are many fun options to choose from. Summer camps, whether scheduled for a day or a week, are an excellent opportunity for students to explore subjects and embark on adventure during the summer season. Camps may be held during the day, or consist of consecutive overnights to give participants a true feel for the camping experience. With subjects ranging from science to performing arts, you are sure to find a camp your child will love.
Benefits of Summer Camp
According to the Cigna website, there are many benefits children may enjoy from attending a summer camp, including:
  • Unique experience helps children broaden social skills
  • Embarking on new activities builds self esteem
  • Opportunity to form long-lasting friendships
  • Learn important skills like leadership and communication
  • Teaches children resiliency and responsibility
  • Additional physical activity provides health benefits
With many advantages to be gained from attending a camp this summer, the next question for parents becomes how to choose the best camp for their child’s needs. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to help parents make the best choice for their kids.
Choosing a Summer Camp
The National Camp Association recommends beginning the selection process by asking the following questions:
  • What do you want your child to take away from the summer camp experience?
  • Does your child have any specific interests he would like to explore at camp?
  • What are you and your child’s expectations of summer camp?
  • What type of environment will be best
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Updated July 06, 2016 |
New Study Shows Cyberbullying on the Rise at High Schools Nationwide
With many tragic cases of cyberbullying reported to date, a recent study shows the problem is actually increasing among high school students across the country.
Cyberbullying is becoming a prevalent problem at high schools across the country, according to a new study. Researchers also found that teenagers are spending more of their free time online than ever before, which could play a role in the increase of cyberbullying noted in the study. For parents and teachers, the news is concerning, since most are unaware of precisely what goes on between students through texting and online social networking. Awareness of the problem is just the first step in protecting students from electronic bullying and the sometimes tragic consequences that can result.
The study was performed by researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and presented recently to the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Washington D.C. According to a report at Science Daily, researchers analyzed data from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which involved more than 15,000 students at public and private high schools across the country. The survey is conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every two years to monitor high-risk behaviors that lead to death, disability and social problems. This is the first time the survey included questions about cyberbullying.
White Female Students Most Common Victims of Cyberbullying
According to a report at the Examiner, the new study found that 16 percent of high school students have been victims of cyberbullying in the past 12 months. This calculated to one in every six high school students nationwide. Victims were more likely to be female, with girls
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Updated February 16, 2018 |
10 Summer Options to Keep Students Learning
Summer loss is a real phenomenon that can be easily avoided, as long as children keep their minds sharp in the warm months. Use these 10 tips to help your student retain all they learned through the year.
Summer learning loss is a concern for parents and teachers alike, as research further documents the reality of this trend. The National Summer Learning Association cites research spanning 100 years that consistently shows students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on those same examinations before summer break begins. Evidence also points to the fact that summer learning loss contributes significantly to the widening achievement gap between low-income and middle-income students as they progress through the school years. What can parents do to prevent this trend with their own children? Check out these 10 summer options to keep your kids learning all summer long.
Talk to Your Child’s Teacher
A report at Today advises parents to talk to their child’s teacher prior to the end of the school year, to get recommendations on material to cover over the summer. The teacher can alert you to potential gaps in your child’s learning that you can work to fill during the break. Some teachers will even have reading lists or workbook selections that would be most beneficial to your child’s summer learning program.
The Summer Reading Adventure
Local libraries are a boon to parents and kids over the summer months. Many have summer reading programs, complete with enticing prizes if kids read a certain number of books or log a particular number of reading hours over the vacation months. In addition, regular trips to the library stimulate a child’s love of reading, by showing
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Published June 07, 2013 |
10 Tips for Surviving Summer School
For students who must make up classes in summer school, or simply want to get ahead of the game, there are simple ways to make the class time easier to handle. Check out these survival tips if you are summer school bound.
Summer school may be a requirement if your child did not pass one of his classes during the school year. It might also be a choice for a student that wants to get ahead for the upcoming academic year. No matter what the reason might be behind the summer school choice, it can be challenging to hit the books when everyone else is enjoying vacation time. Check out these 10 tips to help your child survive and succeed in his summer school efforts.
Avoid Learning Loss
Is summer school the right choice for your child, or would a break from the stress and strain of class be more beneficial? According to a 2003 study cited at, summer learning loss can be a concern for parents of struggling students. The study found students lost up to one month of learning by the time they headed back to school in the fall. This gap may be even higher for students who traditionally struggle with academics.
Choose the Right Class
Some summer classes may be filled with remedial students or students with severe learning disabilities that do not serve to motivate your own student to success. When searching for a summer class, consider the environment your student will be working in, to ensure it will breed success. The right class will be well worth the cost if your student is able to succeed.
Online or Classroom Choice
Today’s summer student has the choice between online and in-person classes. According to the Wisconsin Journal
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