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How To You Compare to Your Peers?

Students in 9th and 10th grade need a baseline.  A baseline is a standardized test that is so well normed that it predicts with near certainty things like: future SAT/ACT scores, National Merit eligibility, what colleges a student can get into, and where the gaps are in a student's learning.  Getting a baseline means the student will need to take a test like the PSAT 8/9, Stanford, or Woodcock Johnson IV.  WJIV is pricey.  Stanford is not completely reliable.  And PSAT 8/9 is only available in October each year, so it's easy to miss it if you're not careful.  If you missed your baseline, you may want to consider taking the PSAT 10. The P10 is available to 9th and 10th graders and is offered in February as a last ditch option.  Not every school will . . . READ FULL ENTRY

Critical Deadline Ahead

If you are a senior headed off to university this fall or a current college student of any age, money has got to be on your mind. College is expensive and in short order someone is going to be writing some big checks. Hopefully, you have planned well up to this point, optimized high school to pay for college by following LeeWay, and you already have at least one primary and one secondary scholarship in hand. Now you need to do one more thing.  .  .  READ FULL ENTRY

Best Use of Summer

Summer is here and students across the country are looking for ways to fill two whole months of down time.  While academics rule the school year, summer is the perfected extended window for those equally critical extracurriculars.  Sports & Debate may be fun but colleges don't give top dollar for these activities except to the top 1% of participants.  If you want those big college scholarships, summer is the ideal time to focus on the trifecta of.  .  . READ FULL ENTRY

How To Pay For College

Your COLLEGE PACKAGE will determine what universities accept you and how much money they will give you.  In 8th-11th grade, your goal is to do everything possible to build a great College Package.  In 12th grade, be honest about the Package you have then apply only to colleges that will love your package just as it is and hopefully give you money to attend.  Here are the ways to get college paid for.  Give colleges what they want and you can expect .  .  .  READ FULL ENTRY

Starting Dual Credit Sooner!

Just when you thought that free college credits and efficient high school planning was as good as it gets, along comes a bombshell bonus!  Several states, including Texas, Georgia, and Arkansas have announced that they have lifted previous restrictions on Dual Enrollment (DE), including age and grade.  That means that students can now start DE in 9th grade. They are no longer limited to just 2 courses. They may take non-core classes such as Photography, Bowling & Nutrition. And best of all, they can .  .  . READ FULL ENTRY

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