Have you fine-tuned your teenager's high school course roadmap?

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By Rajkamal Rao  

If you're the parent of a teenager, you're probably having debates at the kitchen table about what courses he or she is signing up for next Fall. You're frustrated that you don't seem to get the required help from your school's guidance counselor. You're anxious that your child is not thinking far ahead to college and are unsure if the right course selections have been made.

Please don't worry! This scene is playing out in homes all across Texas. We know because these families come to us for help. And always return satisfied. [To check out our Google reviews, please click here].

High school course planning takes extensive thought and deliberation. It has to fit the exact needs of each student. A one-size-fits-all approach, which high school counseling teams often engage in, is not optimal. Course selection decisions made now will impact college selections and admissions in a profound manner.

When you come to us, we try and understand exactly what the child is interested in. We recommend a detailed year-by-year roadmap broken into three sections: Activities during the summer leading to the school year; activities during the school year (in school); and activities during the school year (after school).

We consider every minute detail during our course planning session, with one goal in mind: How to maximize the weighted average GPA and therefore, improve a student's class rank. Are there courses which a child should take for CBE (credit by exam) so that a slot opens up for a more advanced course during the school year? Should a student take a summer online course either at the district's virtual school (e-school) or at UT High School? When does the child prepare for admissions tests (SAT, ACT)? How do you maximize your chances of doing well on the PSAT-11?

[No prior counselor permission is required to take an online course from UT High School or another approved TEA provider. Please see section 74.23 under the TEA rules. Some school districts limit the number of online courses by grade, so check with your district - but taking one course is always permitted].

Most importantly, our detailed proprietary customized roadmap tool helps free up a student's time so that there is sufficient school-life balance. Each family receives our popular, proprietary 210-page guide to elite college admissions which is the content source for our public appearances, books, and flagship online courses.  Families will also have free access to this website along with regular updates on our Facebook page.  And families can join our growing WhatsApp community.

With a roadmap, you can project-manage your child's high school years limiting the need to come to us frequently. [We recommend a 1-hour discussion once each school year to make sure the roadmap is still working, and fine-tune it as needed].

We're changing the way families help their children succeed in high school. If you still have questions, please contact us - we promise you will not be disappointed.

A Note About Rao Advisors Premium Services
Our promise is to empower you with high-quality, ethical and free advice via this website.  But parents and students often ask us if they can engage with us for individual counseling sessions.

Individual counseling is part of the Premium Offering of Rao Advisors and involves a fee.  Please contact us for more information.

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