Preparing for the Future

A MacLaren education can prepare you for careers yet to be created, as well as a fulfilling life of self-growth and discovery. The first step in creating the future you dream of is focusing on the daily task of learning all you can, both in the classroom and in the greater community you live in. To guarantee that you arrive at the fall of your senior year, fully ready to fill in the details of your personal "futures map," follow the guide below to navigate the next 4 years of high school:

Freshman and Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Although you will be encouraged to document your extracurricular and volunteer activities in your ICAP account, in addition to recording the dates you were participating, the name of the organization and what you did, consider noting:
►The specific skills that you used or learned such as organizational skills, computer skills, leadership and responsibilities.
►If your volunteer time has involved a special memory or experience, document it in as much detail as possible including the emotions and impressions of the event.
To view what students will actively be engaged in throughout their years at MacLaren, this brochure outlines the Postsecondary Curriculum at MacLaren.

The 7 Stages of College Choice
1) Self-Awareness Exploring needs, strengths, goals
2) Identification Developing college knowledge and priorities
3) Research Attending college fairs, interacting with college reps, internet research
4) Exploration Visiting college campuses
5) Anticipation Evaluating fit/match with a variety of criteria
6) Action Completing applications
7) Acceptance Decision time
Parent Resources

Food for Thought --- A recent research study from Harvard graduate school explores how to reduce the stress too many high school students experience as they try to create a compelling profile for college admissions. To read more, click here.

Ten Parent Tips for Navigating College Admissions Suggestions on what you can do, well before your student's Junior year!

Check out the resources found on the National Association for College Admission Counseling website including advice on: College Preparation, College Search, Applying to College, Paying for College and Succeeding in College. A website you might want to "bookmark!"

Colorado Earnings After Graduation  Did you know that by 2020 over 74% of the jobs in Colorado will require some level of postsecondary education? Explore all kinds of data reports, such as "What You Study Matters" and "Median Earnings by Major" at this website. You can also explore Graduate DestinationsCompare Programs and InstitutionsTrends Over Time, and Skills for Jobs.
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