Parents, help your high schooler plan for this year and beyond!

August 16, 2021

The summer is wrapping up, and parents everywhere are scurrying around from room to room making sure all the supplies are purchased before the first day of school. It’s a stressful time of year, but you want your children to start the year strong. “If my kids can just get through this next year” is a common sentiment.

Here’s a little-known fact for parents of rising 9th and 10th graders. You have a chance to help set your kids up for a successful life after high school right now. Most of us waited until 11th or 12th grade to take our future seriously. Your kids need to stand out in order to succeed. The earlier they start thinking about this, the better. 

If you’re expecting your kids to enroll in a college after high school, you need to know something about school expectations.

Colleges don’t just want a list of grades and extracurriculars in applications. In fact, many are ditching standardized test scores as irrelevant. College admissions offices repeatedly say they want students to demonstrate what motivates them and articulate why that college would be a good fit. 

Admissions and recruiting offices spend a great deal of time and money trying to identify the best matches, and their top complaint is that students don’t differentiate themselves. Even the most prestigious colleges say that most students struggle to talk about themselves and their goals. That means there’s a huge advantage for teens who learn to develop a personal narrative.

Most teens struggle to talk about themselves and their goals. There's a huge advantage for teens who learn to develop a personal narrative.

“But my oldest isn’t graduating for another three years.” Perfect! A personal narrative takes time to build, so they need to get started now.

The spikeview platform was designed to help young people stand out from the crowd, and it’s free.

Our comprehensive portfolio helps your kids demonstrate everything they have to offer the world. It catalogs interests, experiences, references, and more. It’s a secure and private platform to help young people start developing and practicing responses to “tell me about yourself.” Your family decides what information gets shared with college admissions and recruiters.

Your student’s spikeview will grow with them through high school and beyond. 

So as your family is thinking about this upcoming school year, take the opportunity to propel your kids ahead of the competition. Click here to get started today.