Why Incoming Freshmen Need Guidance and Preparation

As your incoming freshman prepares for their first day high school next month, you might feel like both of you have a lot to do before being ready for that big transition. But what are you supposed to do to get ready? At Leading Learners, we get it—and we’re here to help! For over 5 years, we’ve helped our students develop the skills they need to succeed in high school and beyond. Read on to learn why incoming freshmen need guidance and preparation, and how you can help them rock their first year of high school!

Freshman Year: More Important Than You Realize

While freshman year is only 25% of your student’s high school experience, it makes up a third of the grades that colleges will see on their applications. Because most college applications are due in the winter of their senior year, your student won’t get to include their final year of grades when they apply. Although it’s possible to bounce back from a rough freshman year, it’s much easier to do well on college applications if your student does well from the beginning.

A strong freshman year GPA can also help your student get better job opportunities, both during and after high school. Because high school students don’t have much experience on their resumes, their GPA can speak to their sense of responsibility, their dedication, and their determination to succeed.

Getting guidance from a transition coach can help your student start high school strong—and it can ensure their future is full opportunity and greater financial security.

Going Beyond Grades: Learning Life Skills

While grades can be important, they aren’t everything. At Leading Learners, we believe that high school is a time for students to learn who they are and what kind of person they want to be when they grow up and enter adulthood. The earlier your student works on defining their core values, desired personality traits, and future targets, the clearer their path will be post-graduation.

If you want your incoming freshman to have a leg up in high school, they should start practicing a few key life skills before day one. Firstly, they should learn how to advocate for themselves. Effective communication with friends, parents, and teachers will be critical as they navigate challenges in high school, and feeling capable of expressing needs and expectations to others is a huge confidence booster. Secondly, your student should start to develop a system to stay organized. Although they will likely change the way they stay organized as they face new challenges balancing commitments, having a starting point is key to figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Finally, your student should cultivate the ability to handle the unexpected. But what does that look like? There are a number of different ways to prepare for the unexpected, including practicing communication and mindfulness and imagining what could go wrong and how to adapt if it does. If your student can react quickly and positively to sudden changes, they’ll be able to navigate high school with less stress and more confidence.

Get Prepared with Leading Learners

You and your student shouldn’t feel overwhelmed going into the first day of classes. Get prepared with our Preparing for High School Success Workshop for parents and students and gain the skills to achieve success from year one! Although we usually only work with students, we’ve partnered with Be You Parenting/Simple Strategies for Family Living to add a concurrent workshop for parents. The first day is free for both parents and students!

Students will learn how to:

  • Handle the unexpected
  • Get organized and set targets (free planner!)
  • Communicate with parents, peers, and teachers

Parents will learn how to:

  • Manage stress
  • Improve communication
  • Eliminate power struggles
  • Be empowered and effective

Parent Workshop Schedule:

Friday, August 10, 5:30-7:30pm
Sunday, August 12, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Saturday, August 25, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Student Workshop Schedule:

Friday, August 10, 5:30-7:30pm
Saturday, August 11, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Sunday, August 12, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Saturday, August 25, 12:00pm-2:00pm


Interested in signing up? Give us a call at (970) 226-8704!



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