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Are today’s 8th graders under the same pressures that high-school juniors and seniors were 40 years ago?
The answer, in short, is yes. The pressure is not quite as great, but it’s similar. These days, college and career paths begin in junior high.
Consider these facts:
· Twice as many high-school graduates go to college today than 40 years ago.
· 94% of parents expect their student to go to college.
· 90% of high-school freshmen consider going to college.
· Colleges look at all four-years of a student’s high-school record. One bad year can quickly eliminate top colleges.
Once upon a time, a high school’s primary role was to prepare students for the workforce, with a select few going to college. Today, it’s the exact opposite. High school is seen as a gateway to college, which then works to prepare students for the workforce. The good news is that college prep can pave the way for both so that you make a smooth transition to college and career.
Benefits to Starting College Prep Early
Graduating high school was once a necessity for a good job; today, that is largely true of college. The best-paying careers require at least a four-year degree.
The dilemma once faced by seniors – college or job – is now faced by 8th graders. If you don’t act on it, the decision will be made for you. Choices must be made now or time will remove your options.
Start college prep early and plan your future today!
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