Kathe's Blog

Too Much Testing?

The question is not are we testing too much but rather what tests do students need? The answer is that every student needs a baseline by the end of 8th grade.  Then, based on that result ...

Finding A Great Tutor

Sometimes you need help. Tutors are a great resource but which tutors are good?  For the last decade, my private high school, LeeWay Academy has used and vetted tutors all over the country. The best way to pick a tutor is to . . .

Are You On Track?

Are You On Track?

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. ...


Critical Deadline Ahead

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...


Best Use of Summer

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.  .  ....


How To Pay For College

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...


Starting Dual Credit Sooner!

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...


Stress Sucks!

Stress Sucks!

Kids in high school are under a lot of pressure these days. There’s more competition to get into college. And more to juggle on a daily basis, including homework, extracurricular activities and a social life. All while trying to get good grades! This pressure can be tough for any teen. And it’s even harder on kids with learning and attention issues. Stress can lead to behavioral changes, rebellion, loss of motivation, learning problems, low tests scores, and all sorts...


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