One common concern for high school students who choose to learn outside of the traditional high school environment is that they may not be able to build a strong enough profile as college applicants. They may wish to have more support in exploring different college options, joining (or starting) clubs, holding leadership positions, gaining volunteer hours, and accruing letters of recommendation that will make them stronger applicants for college. Some students in this situation also worry that they may not possess the study skills to excel in college classes, whether they choose to take community college courses as high school students or want to be working at a high level for when they attend a 4-year university. Others would like help in exploring and setting goals, as well as reaching them. Another concern is finding a supportive community of like-minded teens. This course has been created to fill these important needs.
This course/council is intended to span the full year. It provides a wonderful opportunity for high school students who are interested in developing life skills and study skills, volunteerism, participation in clubs, potentially holding office in the student council, and earning other experience that can prepare them for success as a high schooler and potential college applicant. It provides valuable workshops, activities, and experiences that can help with college applications. It also helps students develop skills they need for high-level high school and college coursework, success in life during school, and eventual success in adult life. The class consists of lessons and workshops as well as group coaching through goal setting, personal development, volunteerism, student council involvement, and more. Some of the topics covered will depend on the interest level of the group, and some are a solid focus of the class. Among other things, the following topics are planned:
- A mix of lessons to teach skills and activities to put those skills into action
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Fall Semester)
- 8 Keys to Stress Management (Spring Semester)
- Study Skills
- Goal-Setting and Goal-Attainment
- Leadership, Communication Skills, and Conflict Resolution
- SAT/ACT Planning
- College Essay Planning
- Exploring College Options
- Racking and Tracking Volunteer Hours (Potentially)
- Creating Digital Portfolios/Online Resumes (Potentially)
- Starting and Running Clubs (Potentially)
- Creating a Student-Run Newsletter (Potentially)
Some of the main benefits of this course are to enable students to develop high-level study and personal development skills, explore different college options that are available to them, allow the opportunity for student leadership, and gain experiences that they may not be able to find outside of traditional high school. The course will be somewhat tailored to individual students’ goals. Also, this course may be taken as an elective for high school credit–talk to us about it!
About the Teacher: Dr. Lizzie Scott is a college prep coach, author, teacher, trained counselor, and mom of two college students, who has worked with teens for many years and knows what helps them grow as students and as people. She group tutors several college courses each year and holds a doctorate in Psychology. She has taught and coached these skills for many years and loves supporting people of all ages to become their best selves. To this end, she has helped several students with college readiness, college applications, and exploring multiple paths to university enrollment, including taking college courses as high schoolers, accruing volunteer experience, creating fundraisers and projects, and exploring colleges that fit individual students’ needs.
Teacher: Lizzie Scott
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