Preparation For College Should Start in Middle School

  We often get questions from parents about when should they start preparation for college. Here is a detailed blog on when is the right time…… The time to start college planning is in middle school. Starting the process now, before high school and the real pressure of college applications begin, will make the process easier. In middle school, the focus of parents and their middle school students should be different than it will be in high school.  Unless a student is taking high school level classes in middle school, grades do not appear on the college application.  Seventh and eighth grades are the time to set a student up to have the strongest possible start in high school. Parents and middle school students should be doing the following: 1. Establishing good study habits Middle school is the opportune time to work on good time-management, organizational and study skills.  Things to work out include choosing the best study spaces, establishing a homework and study routine, and making sure to have all the needed materials to complete assignments. It’s easier to address these issues now than it will be when the work gets more challenging. 2. Exploring extracurricular activities  On their college applications, students will need to show depth and leadership in at least one or two extracurricular areas. Middle school is a great time for students to try new things and figure out what activities and community service they enjoy most. Students should try different volunteer opportunities, talk to different people about their careers, and explore sports, hobbies and interests. If your child enters high school committed to one activity or with a career goal in mind, it will be much easier to for them to focus on developing the necessary skills and resume during their four years of high school. 3. Reading, reading, reading Reading strengthens a student’s verbal, writing and critical thinking abilities. The more a student reads, the stronger he or she will be.  Reading is great preparation for the SAT, ACT and high school reading assignments.  Almost anything a pre-teen or teenager reads – from comics and graphic novels to books and blogs – will improve their vocabulary and introduce new ideas. 4. Choosing challenging courses Colleges look closely at what high school courses students take. The more students challenge themselves in middle school, the easier high school will be, and the more opportunities students will...

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Head Start

Another year has gone by and our admissions process is winding down….hurray! We at Paramount are now busy with helping students complete the necessary after steps to complete their admission process – housing, orientation, immunization, visas and the works. Which obviously means more paper, more researching, more everything!  Since it’s time to depart the Class of 2015 and usher-in the Class of 2016, we are now meeting anxious parents and students and helping them with their queries and concerns on the application process. This year we introduced Paramount Headstart -a unique service for students of grades 9, 10 & 11 who are beginning their journey on taking the first steps for college admissions abroad. Paramount Head Start is for those who are just  not sure “where to begin!” and also for those who think they “know it all.” Why do we say that? Well, that because if you have been advised to attend a summer school at Ivy League, then you are getting information that could only hurt your admission chances. Did you ask why? If you are showing an ivy-league admission officer that you spent $10,000 or more to attend a summer school – you are showing them that mommy and daddy have lots of easy cash to blow on you and just because they wanted to ensure you have a ‘productive’ summer they decided to make you attend summer school. In the eyes of the admission officer, you’re just Quoting Richard Shaw (Dean of Admissions) at Stanford University: “It’s not a good idea to engage in something because the student or family believes it will augment their ability to get in.” We at Paramount are always against the idea of doing the “Cookie Cutter Summer School”. So what else can you do to boost your profile? Meet us to discuss and learn more about the Paramount HeadStart Program – A unique service that helps you plan the crucial years of high school....

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In news that will shock no-one, earning a Crimson pedigree may be the surest-fire way to amass greenbacks. Almost 3,000 graduates of Harvard University are worth more than $30 million (each), according to rankings compiled by market research firm Wealth-X seen by Quartz, and most of them earned the money themselves. That’s more than twice the number of what Wealth-X calls “ultra-high-net-worth individuals” (UHNWIs) produced by any other institution in the world. Read More...

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