As parents might already know, college admissions have become increasingly competitive, with many top schools reporting more selective rates of admission than ever before. In order to secure a spot at one of their top choices, today’s students need to spend their high school years building a robust application to show off their skills, aptitudes, and interests, through extracurricular activities, volunteer opportunities, advanced placement classes, and more. They also need to keep their grades competitive to ensure that their application receives the attention it deserves.
To this end, many students have found value in summer enrichment courses, which prepare them to thrive in the upcoming academic year by teaching them in advance the materials and concepts they can expect to begin studying in the fall.
If you have children in high school and are looking to give them an advantage in the coming academic year, here’s how summer enrichment courses can help.
Advanced high school courses can sometimes present a steep learning curve for students. Although students might complete a course having mastered a subject to the appropriate level, reaching that level might present many challenges along the way, with the student learning from their mistakes early on and applying that knowledge as they go. While this kind of learning curve is completely normal, it can also result in lower grades, as low scores from the beginning of a course are averaged out with higher scores from the end.
Summer courses for high school students are a great opportunity to get ahead of the curve, by allowing students to study the materials and concepts they’ll be taught in their upcoming grade level ahead of time. This means that instead of gradually mastering the course content over the course of their year, they can begin their classes focused on getting the best grades possible with the skills they’ve already developed – a big advantage for students, particularly those hoping to graduate high school with a competitive profile for college applications.
For those looking to get a head start on next year’s English courses, a summer enrichment program can offer a range of benefits, with a comprehensive mix of literature and composition aimed at helping students improve their writing and test-taking abilities. Over the course of the summer, students can learn how to engage with advanced-level texts as active readers, how to use their critical thinking skills, and how to effectively structure, organize, and develop their ideas into sophisticated and well-polished essays.
Summer courses can also help students prepare for next year’s math courses, teaching them valuable study skills and test-taking strategies while boosting their math abilities through challenging course materials, homework, quizzes, and a final exam.
By learning and practicing these skills over the summer through courses that are taught with the same level of rigour as they can expect during the regular school year, high school students can keep their minds active, build their confidence in difficult subject areas, and get a valuable head start on the next year’s challenges – letting them focus on getting the best grades they can.
Do you want to give your child a head start on next year’s curriculum?
Contact ASC A+ to learn more about our summer programs in Boston, with sessions in July and August 2019.