What High Schools Don't Tell You: 300+ Secrets to Make Your Kid Irresistible to Colleges by Senior Year

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Overview


Read Elizabeth Wissner-Gross' posts on the Penguin Blog

From the author of What Colleges Don't Tell You, 250 secrets for raising the kid colleges will compete to accept

The headlines prove it: Competition for admission to America's top colleges is more cutthroat than ever. Gone are the days when parents could afford to let high school guidance counselors handle the admissions process alone-gone, also, are the days when a student could wait until senior year to prepare for it. As Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, a highly successful educational strategist, knows from working for over a decade with hundreds of middle- and high school students and their parents, if you want to raise a kid colleges will compete for, you must act, early and aggressively, as opportunity scout, coach, tutor, manager, and publicist-or be willing to watch that acceptance letter go to someone whose parents did.

What High Schools Don't Tell You reveals 250 strategies to help parents stack the admissions deck in their kid's favor, gleaned from Wissner-Gross's expertise and from interviews with parents of outstandingly high achievers-strategies that most high school guidance counselors, principals, and teachers simply don't know to share. From identifying exactly which academic credentials will wow an admissions committee to which summer programs and extra-curriculars can turn an ordinary applicant into a must-have, What High Schools Don't Tell You demonstrates how hands-on parental involvement early in a child's high school career is essential to achieving college admissions success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594630378
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, trained as a journalist, has for ten years succeeded in helping students, including her own children, gain admission offers to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, and other competitive colleges.

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Table of Contents


What High Schools Don't Tell You, But This Book Will     xi
The Secret to College Admissions Success? You Have to Have a Game Plan
You Can't Exceed Your Goals If You Don't Have Any: Helping Your Child to Identify Her Passions     3
Strategic Summers: The Time to Gain the Advantage for College     21
Designing the Four-Year Academic Plan: What Colleges Mean When They Say They Prefer Kids Who Challenge Themselves to the Fullest     47
Coordinating the Game Plan with Your Child's School: Inviting the Faculty to Join Your Team     76
The Amazing Array: Finding the Best Opportunities for Your Kid
Note to the Reader     85
Mathematics: The Triad-Three Pedigrees for Math Students     87
Science and Engineering, Part I: Raising a Science Olympian     111
Science and Engineering, Part II: Launching Inventors and Explorers on the Research Track     125
The Arts: Spotlighting the Creative Applicant     163
The Humanities: The Scholar Every College Wants     197
Journalism, Media, and Advocacy: Headlining the Front-Page Kid     215
Government: Building a Political Leader from the Ground Up     233
Business: Marketing the Future Mogul     246
A Final Note     257
Four-Year Summer Plans for Forty Different Interests     259
Index     291
About the Author     301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    Invaluable advice I wish that I'd had!

    Have you ever said to yourself, 'If only I'd known about that opportunity, I would have taken it!' If you want to eliminate those regretful thoughts regarding your kids' education, and if you have kids in or about to enter high school, I enthusiastically recommend this book! In this book, the author of 'What Colleges Don't Tell You,' another great book, takes on the all-important high school years. Her advice for parents is clear: Help your kids to take advantage of every opportunity available to them, and build a portfolio of experiences that will enrich your child and help them to get into the college of their dreams. Wissner-Gross explains that you and your kid have to craft a plan for getting the most out of high school. Right away, the book starts out with a questionnaire that helps kids -- even unfocused kids -- to identify their interests and to help them to set goals. Once the goals have been identified -- even if they change over time -- the book explains how you can help your kid to build a portfolio of experiences that will help to foster the passions that THEY have. By helping your kids to find every opportunity to pursue what they love, the author proves that they will not only be extremely well-prepared for, but also sought after by every college. Wissner-Gross even helps you out by identifying activities and programs of which few parents are even aware. Other amazing gems I found in this book include: * Secret 19: Summers are the best-kept secret of superstars--the time for your child to stand out from the pack and gain an edge both for college admission and her future career. * Secret 68: Never assume that the menu of clubs offered at your child's public or private high school is limited to what already exists. * Secret 273: The best way to build a humanities pedigree for your child is to inquire about the Telluride Association Summer Programs 'TASP'. She has clearly identified that it's not just about getting your kids into a top college, but helping them to realize their dreams! The top college is just a bonus!

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