If you follow my timeline for college planning (and, well, you certainly should), you know that the start of the school year is a good time for your teen to visit the school counselor.
Counselors at high schools can be a great resource for students in the college admissions and planning game. And one of my earliest recommendations to families is that they utilize the school (or guidance) counselor as a resource for college admissions often.
But let’s get real for a minute.
You may or may not have noticed that the school counselors at your kid’s public school are, well…more than just a little overloaded.
According to the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, the average student-to-counselor ratio for public schools in the U.S. is 471:1. And some states show ratios that are borderline ridiculous: California’s ratio is almost 1,000 students to one counselor.
Ok, not borderline. Just ridiculous.
How are these poor folks able to give your special snowflake the attention he needs in order to plan the right way for college admissions? A great question. We’ll talk about it. I’ll also tell you what you and your teen need to do on your own to make sure you’re on track with things.
But first, wouldn’t it be fun to see how your state stacks up?:Continue Reading