College admissions and what all families should know

Robert Cooke, MEd, shares advice for parents on everything they should know about your child's college application process and how to make sure everything is done properly
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College admissions and what all families should know

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The college admissions process for a family is a process of working for a year or maybe a little more in helping your child to find the proper place. A place that's a really good fit for their interests, their abilities, etc., So usually fairly early in junior year, maybe halfway through junior year, families need to start looking at standardized testing. They need to perhaps identify some additional help so that a kid can prepare for the standardized test, whether it's the ACT or the SAT. Then late in junior year start to identify schools that re really a good fit for what your son or daughter might be interested in. So that by the time they are seniors they've winnowed that list down and they may be applying to 8 or even 10 colleges or universities that may be a really good fit for them in the hopes that they'll get into anywhere from 3 to 10 of those, and then they'll have some choices to make middle of their senior year or even into April of their senior year.
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Robert Cooke, MEd, shares advice for parents on everything they should know about your child's college application process and how to make sure everything is done properly

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Robert K. Cooke, MEd

Upper School Director

Robert has been in K-12 education for thirty years; for sixteen years he was a high school history and social studies teacher, teaching subjects such as AP US History, Western Civilization, World History, Economics, and Anthropology. His school administrative career has been equally varied, serving as Director of Activities at a large public high school, and a Middle School Director and Upper School Director at independent (private) schools in the Midwest and California. Robert earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Carleton College, and his Master's in Education from Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Robert has served on school accreditation teams in the Midwest and California. He has two children, one of whom is an acting and English Literature double major at a large urban university on the East Coast, while the other is a high school junior in Los Angeles.

 

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