What High Schools Don't Tell You (and Other Parents Don't Want You to Know): Create a Long-Term Plan for Your 7th to 10th Grader for Getting Into the Top Colleges

What High Schools Don't Tell You (and Other Parents Don't Want You to Know): Create a Long-Term Plan for Your 7th to 10th Grader for Getting Into the Top Colleges

by Elizabeth Wissner-Gross


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From the author of What Colleges Don’t Tell You, a plan to help parents of middle and early high school students prepare their kids for the best colleges

In order to succeed in the fiercely competitive college admissions game, you need a game plan—and you have to start young. In this empowering guide, Elizabeth Wissner- Gross, a nationally sought-after college “packager,” helps parents of seventh to tenth graders create a long-term plan that, come senior year, will allow their kids to virtually write their own ticket into their choice of schools.

Parents should start by helping their kids identify their academic passions, then design a four-year strategy based on those interests. The book details hundreds of opportunities available to make kids stand out that most high school guidance counselors and teachers simply don’t know about or don’t think to share. This indispensable guide should be required reading for any parent whose child dreams of attending one of the country’s top colleges.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452289529
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 269,958
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, trained as a journalist, has for ten years succeeded in helping students, including her own children, gain admission offers to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, and other competitive colleges.

Table of Contents

What High Schools Don't Tell You, But This Book Will     xi
The Secret to College Admissions Success? You Have to Have a Game Plan
You Can't Exceed Your Goals If You Don't Have Any: Helping Your Child to Identify His or Her Passions     3
Strategic Summers: The Time to Gain the Advantage for College     21
Designing the Four-Year Academic Plan: What Colleges Mean When They Say They Prefer Kids Who Challenge Themselves to the Fullest     47
Coordinating the Game Plan with Your Child's School: Inviting the Faculty to Join Your Team     76
The Amazing Array: Finding the Best Opportunities for Your Kid
Note to the Reader     85
Mathematics: The Triad-Three Pedigrees for Math Students     87
Science and Engineering, Part I: Raising a Science Olympian     111
Science and Engineering, Part II: Launching Inventors and Explorers on the Research Track     125
The Arts: Spotlighting the Creative Applicant     163
The Humanities: The Scholar Every College Wants     197
Journalism, Media, and Advocacy: Headlining the Front-Page Kid     215
Government: Building a Political Leader from the Ground Up     233
Business: Marketing the Future Mogul     246
A Final Note     257
Four-Year Summer Plans for Forty Different Interests     259
Index     291

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RafflesLove More than 1 year ago
I was quite disappointed in the book where the author gives the impression that in high school you should focus on the academics and leave out electives like art, music, dance, social studies and writing(!!!) and opt for heavier courses. Excuse me, but in order to study performing arts in college, you need those courses in high school! Physics and math are NOT the only heavy courses. If you do get into honors and AP courses, the homework is even more ridiculous than the current heavy schedule for 7th-8th graders (at least at our schoo)l. Did it ever cross her mind that these so called "arts" courses CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR THE MATH, PHYSICS, ENGINEERING majors? A-ha! Nope, I didn't think so. Try having one of those kids perform a monologue to perfection; memorize 300 lines of a shakespearean play, act a musical theater song, do a tap routine or fosse choreographed dance or creat digital artwork or an oil painting or make a film. It is easy for those blessed with creativity, and artistry. Just as physics and math are easy for the students who love it. But don't discount the arts. I also disagree with a passage where she says something to the effect of "if you can't leave your school to attend a science fair, or perform in a contest, ..... ( paraphrasing), you might want to think about going to a private school instead! Hello? The last place you would want to go is private! We are in one, and there is no way they will let you go to compete in anything. Not even a geography bee (which I disagree with - most kids are so geographically challenged, it is frightening - and I believe the schools wait way too long to introduce US history - there is way too much emphasis year after year on black history and the holocaust (at least from 4-8th grade). I have nothing against a year of that, but the kids never learn about europeans - and Native Americans (except to do a pow wow in first grade!) and how this great country came about. A friend's daughter had a chance to dance with the Kirov (she was a great student and even better ballerina), but the school rejected her request to spend 3 weeks on the road with the ballet company; another wanted to sing opera, and they were told to go to a performing arts school since this school solely focuses on academics and sports...So private won't help when it comes to special leaves or contests. Something the author needs to reconsider. Overall, you get completely overwhelmed reading this book as there just aren't enough hours in the day to try and accomplish a lot of this and you do need MONEY for the summer programs. They are not free or cheap. It is no wonder to me why there is so much cheating going on in this generation. 8 out of 10 kids cheat and that includes people in grad school. Where is the code of conduct? Where are the so-called principals and teachers who are supposed to turn these kids in? And how many say they do it to please their parents (parents living vicariously through their kids). America needs to slow down, let their kids be happy, and most importantly, the schools need to lighten up on all the homework (3-6 hours a day after school is abusive, and it doesn't add value to a child's life; just makes them hate the subject more because they do it to get it over with and remember nothing - just ask any kid who is saddled with this stuff they will never use again). The focus should be on practicalmath they can use on a daily basis!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It helped me start thinking differently - basically to pursue interests now and not worry so much about what my kid needs to do to get into college. I'm not sure why other readers take away such a different message than I did. This book helped me start to think bigger about the possibilities for exploring my kids' interests. One kid is interested in creative writing and the arts, and there were more ideas for her in this book than I can follow up on in her one trip through school! I never had the impression from this book that my kids should focus on academics to the exclusion of the arts. In fact, I read it to say that my kids should pursue what they are passionate about and not wait until some point after they graduate. I found this book tremendously helpful in start thinking ahead and thinking bigger.
Jill58 More than 1 year ago
I'm sure some of this data is dated a bit, but as the guardian of a gifted rising eighth grader I feel like we are behind the ball already. Packed full of information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was something disturbing in this book in regards to the "message" I get. Pushing kids to do too much and too soon creates an unhealthy approach to life. Too many kids are just too stressed out with trying to compete. Taking the SAT's in 7th Grade is the most ridiculous suggestion!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree more !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago