HIGH SCHOOL COACHING: Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is Secondary School?
Secondary School is the educational program after elementary school. Some secondary schools include middle school (6, 7th and 8th grades); other include the traditional high school grades (9th -10th). Professional Tutoring’s High School Coaching Service (HSCS) is designed for students from 6th grade through the first semester of 11th grade. 11th and 12th graders move from HSCS to our College Coaching Program.
What does the High School Coaching Service include?
The Professional Tutoring High School Coaching Service offers two major services: The Academic Planning and Resume Program (APRP) and the High School Admissions Program (HSAP). Both services begin with a 1.5-hour initial consultation to get to know the student and to establish an appropriate direction and goals.
How do the Academic Planning and Resume Program (APRP) and the High School Admissions Program (PSAP) differ?
The APRP is designed to guide students through planning their secondary school program from classes to extra-curricular, community service and athletics. The goal is to help the student build a strong Student Resume and prepare for a successful college admissions experience. The HSAP is designed to help students apply to private middle and high schools. It is very similar to the Professional Tutoring’s Go-Getter College Coaching Program.
Why do we need help in navigating Secondary School?
High Schools are not all created equally. There are diverse public schools as well as private schools. Within each of these schools, there are opportunities available to students that can enrich and enhance their secondary school experiences. These opportunities include all types of curricula (Standard Track, Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)) and several diploma choices (Standard, Advanced, AP, IB Diplomas). Students may also choose to enroll in academic enrichment programs such as Boys’ State and Girls’ State, Governor’s School and summer college programs. Beyond academics, students have extensive choices and opportunities in extracurricular activities from sports to drama to FBLA to Model UN to Scouting, including the prestigious and highly valued Eagle and Gold Awards, to community service, to internship and employment opportunities. At Professional Tutoring, we help identify student interests and passions and discover the path within secondary school that will develop a strong foundation. Our key goal is cohesion: a combination of coursework and activities that allow students to develop their strengths and interests in preparation for their future college and career.
Who runs the High School Coaching Service?
Julia Ross guides the process with very qualified supporting staff members.
How exactly does the High School Coaching Service work?
In a nutshell, we begin with an initial consultation to meet with the student and his/her parent(s). From there, we work backward from interests and potential careers to college majors to an outline of potential courses for each year of secondary school. We also explore extra-curricular and community service activities as well as athletics. Our ultimate goal is for our students to enjoy secondary school and to prepare for college admissions. The High School Admissions Program focuses on guiding students and parents through the private school admissions process. We consider students’ strengths and weaknesses as well as finances to find the right school matches.
How frequently do we meet?
There is a concentration of time spent initially to develop the student’s plan, and then there are regular “checkups” along the way. Each student is unique and their development plan will reflect those unique needs. Be assured that we keep in frequent contact.
Are parents included in this process? We are not ready yet to completely hand over control!
At Professional Tutoring, we take the “village” approach. Parents are involved throughout the program and are encouraged to partner with us. Parents are included in many meetings/workshops; parents receive the Career Testing report as well as frequent emails and copies of all student work including the High School or College Selection Spreadsheet, Student Resume, Admissions Essays, Letter of Recommendation Requests and emails.
Isn’t this too early to be thinking about college?
In today’s competitive market, it is important to develop successful academic habits at an early age. Starting early also allows students time to try different activities to see how their interests play out over time. Having time to experiment in different roles gives students information and knowledge about life that they can apply in later situations – academic and otherwise. Not only do students learn new subject areas, they are also engaging in self-discovery and social awareness. Self-awareness and the Emotional Intelligence/Quotient (EQ) that comes with it are linked to success in the workplace. These are important years for self-discovery; you are never too young (or too old!) to start.
My student is not gifted academically or otherwise. Can you help the average student?
YES! This program is designed for all students and is customized to meet individual needs. Studies show a strong correlation between confidence and grades. A student who is not academically inclined often needs to discover his/her strengths to build confidence. Our business motto is “Competence builds Confidence”. We work closely to engage students and key in on their interests and passions to strategically craft a plan that will leverage their strengths and interests in the secondary school setting-ultimately increasing their confidence and academic successes.
My child has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is this program right for him/her?
Our hands-on and one-on-one approach are very beneficial to students with ADD.
My child is Learning Disabled (LD), is this program right for him/her?
Many students with learning disabilities, including students with Asperger’s Syndrome, have benefited from our program. We discuss each case with parents ahead of time to make sure that we will be the right match.
Can you guarantee my child will get into a Private School or college?
All of the students that have successfully completed our program(s) have been accepted to secondary school and college; many attend their “first choice” school. 75% of the Professional Tutoring College Coaching Class of 2011 was offered scholarships based on merit (not financial need). We are very proud of our students and success rate! Please visit our Testimonials.
Do you take out-of-state students?
Yes, we have several students who are not local; these include DOD/Military and State Department students as well as clients who find us through word-of-mouth or the Internet.
Am I too late to sign up?
This program is designed for students between 6th and 11th grades. If your student is in the second semester of 11th grade, we recommend our College Coaching Program.
Do I have to commit to a specific program now?
No, you can schedule a 1.5-hour Initial Consultation instead. After that, clients may choose a particular package or choose to work at the a la carte rate. In our experience, every student who has started at the a la carte rate has transferred to one of our High School Coaching Services or College Coaching Packages. Our programs are designed to meet student needs for a reasonable fee.