4 Ways to Make the Most Of Spring Break
Many students feel that spring break is a time to goof off, catch up on some sleep, and lounge around the house. Yet, a week off of school is a great way to get a leg up on things you may not normally have time to do.
Here are 4 different ways your teen can make the most of their time off.
Learn a skill
Spring break is a great time to learn a skill your teen may not normally have time to learn. Why not let them try their hand at cooking a dish or baking? This can also be a good time for them to learn money management and budgeting.
Visit a college
It is never too early to start planning for college and a great way to do that is visit one. Spring break is a great time to make your college visit an overnight stay.
Shadow a professional – Another great way to spend the week is to take a closer look at a career your teen wants to pursue and find opportunities for them to shadow someone that works in the industry, even if it’s just for a day. Taking the time to learn what happens on an average day can help them decide if they want to pursue that career or consider a different path. It is also a great way to network in the industry.
The Importance of Engaging on Social Media
It goes without say that we love to hear from parents and students. We enjoy talking with you and hearing your opinions on how we are doing and what we can do to improve.
One of the best ways to engage with the us is to take advantage of our various social media platforms. Social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, are quick and easy ways for us to get the word out on upcoming events or the latest going on in our classrooms. However, social media communication works both ways. For it to be truly effective, parents and students need to engage as well.
By engaging with us on social media, you can communicate directly with staff as well as other parents. You can share experiences or opinions with others or ask any questions you may have. The odds are good that if you have a question, someone else has the same one.
When we all engage on social media, we become closer as a community. When we all work together, we make Summit Academy North High School a better school and a better place for students.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook if you are not already subscribed to our pages.
Take Advantage of Our Resources
The ultimate goal of our staff is to help students succeed and prepare for college. There are a number of resources, outside of classes, that our students can take advantage of while at Summit Academy North High School.
We offer tutoring services to students that are struggling with classes. The advantage of additional help in classes may seem obvious, however students who pursue tutoring may find that not only do their grades improve, they will also form better relationships with their peers and are more motivated to succeed.
Planning for college can be scary and confusing without any help. This is why we offer college guidance and planning assistance to you and your teen. Guidance counselors can help with selecting and applying to colleges student is interested in. They can also help your child identify the courses and activities we offer that are appealing to colleges.
This program is one of the many things that make Summit Academy North High School a true gem among the rest. Our students have the opportunity to participate in group trip to other countries that will better help them better understand some of the history curriculum they are taught here. The exposure that they get to a different culture makes this experience beneficial for a lifetime. If you are interested in letting your child take part in this unique experience, reach out to a member of our staff to get information about upcoming trips and to hear about some of our past travels.
Tips for Selecting the Right College
Selecting a college is one of the biggest decisions a high school student has to make.
How do you know if that BIG Ten School that you have been dreaming about since you were six is right for you? Here are a few things to look out for when considering the options.
A school’s curriculum is one of the first and most important things to look at. Ask your chld hear questions: What are you are interested in? What do you like to study or want to learn more about? If a school specializes in something like agriculture, perhaps someone looking to earn an engineering degree would be wise to look else.
This concerns both the class size and the size of the campus. Some lectures can seat 500 to 700 people in one lecture and the students do not get any face to face time with the professor, instead working with teaching assistants. In addition to class size, consider how large the campus is. New students can often feel over whelmed by the sheer size of the campus if it is spread out over several city blocks.
Retention and Graduation rate
One great way to see how a college does is to look at their graduation and retention rates. If the retention rate is low, it means that a large number of freshmen do not return for the next year. Take some time to find out why and factor that into your decision making. The same goes for the graduation rate, if there is a high graduation rate, it may speak to the quality of the professors and the programs.
This is one criteria that everyone looks at when considering a college, how much will it cost. Consider not just the overall cost of tuition, but look at how much each credit hour is. Also, consider how you will be paying for your education. There are a number of loans and grants available to students to pay for college as well as scholarship opportunities waiting to be claimed.
Summit is Better: Empowerment
At Summit Academy, empowerment isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a promise. As the school of choice, empowering all members of our family is the only way we can help our students secure a promising future.
No Limits on Potential
Individualized learning gives students the power to get the most out of their education. Instead of setting the bar for them, our students are not limited by cookie cutter curriculum or a one size fits all approach to learning. As a student of Summit Academy, your child is able to choose the best path for them to achieve their goals. When combined with our advanced resources and dedicated staff, students are empowered to be their best self.
The Freedom to Teach
The best teachers are the ones who are able to personalize their teaching methods and connect with their students. Our teachers are empowered by their freedom to create curriculum based on their unique styles of teaching and the needs of their students. Though they are guided by school requirements, our teachers have the ability to focus more on the “what” of teaching without being told “how” to do it. Teacher empowerment is what paves the way for new classes and activities to be offered to our students. Ultimately, empowered teachers are what helps our schools to continually grow and improve.
Power to the Parents
Empowering you with the ability to be directly involved in your child’s education is extremely important to our staff. We not only want you to be aware of what goes on at our schools, we want you to be apart of your child’s experience and participate as much as you are able. Your participation is what encourages your child to be successful and it allows you to work with our teachers as we all work towards the same goal: preparing your child for a rewarding college career.