Khan Academy SAT Prep for Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 22, 2021 12:45:28 PM

When bluebonnets carpet Texas roadsides, it's time for many juniors to make plans to take the SAT. Given the impact an SAT score can have on admission decisions and scholarships, we want to ensure that students are as ready as possible when test day comes. That's where Khan Academy SAT prep comes in.

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Topics: Applying to College, Students and Families, High School, Entrance Exams

Webinar: Exploring Endorsements with Families

Posted by Allison Rizzolo, Texas OnCourse on Dec 14, 2020 6:17:11 PM

Endorsements have been around for a few years now, but they can still be a challenging concept to explain to students and their families. Fortunately, there are lots of resources on endorsements and academic planning to help you!

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Topics: Middle School, Webinar, Endorsements, Educators, Students and Families, College and Career Readiness Resources

High School Endorsements: The Basics

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Sep 22, 2020 2:50:46 PM

What are endorsements? 

For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

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Topics: Middle School, Endorsements, Educators, Students and Families

College Planning during COVID: Texas College Virtual Tours

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Sep 8, 2020 3:12:55 PM

Gone are the days when students and their families (or entire classes!) waltzed casually onto college campuses for carefree, in-person visits. While in-person visits haven’t been entirely wiped off the map, many students and families are finding comfort and security in the online college visit process. What’s more, virtual college visits are less cost prohibitive and can be done from the comfort of home with fairly little planning. So let’s talk about Texas college virtual tours – what options major schools are offering, and how your students can get in on the from-home fun!

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Topics: College Planning, Coronavirus, Students and Families

Test-Optional Schools in Texas

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jul 7, 2020 12:32:50 PM

The spread of coronavirus has resulted in a plethora of educational pivots since March, and the college admissions process has been no exception. With SAT and ACT testing dates canceled or postponed and testing centers closed, institutes of higher education have reconsidered the role that these exams play in admissions.

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Topics: Applying to College, Educators, Students and Families, Distance Counseling and Learning

A Crash Course on Endorsements for Parents

Posted by Leader Fellow Suzan Harrison on Nov 14, 2019 11:46:20 AM

Okay, middle school parents and guardians. It’s never too soon to help your child dream about college and career success after high school. Starting around seventh and eighth grade, you’ll  need to know about Texas graduation requirements and help your child craft a four-year high school plan. Don’t panic – you’ll have help. That’s what counselors and advisers are here for! 

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Topics: Middle School, Endorsements, Students and Families

Why Every College-Bound Student Should Stop, Drop, and FAFSA

Posted by Leader Fellow Patti Morton Gibbs on Oct 10, 2019 2:13:06 PM

“Why should my child or my family apply for FAFSA if we are not low income?” As a parent and educator, I am asked this question often. My response comes from personal experience working with college-bound students and their families for the past 25 years.

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, College Planning, Students and Families

What Parents and Guardians of Middle Schoolers Need To Know

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Megan Guidry on Sep 12, 2019 2:29:10 PM

Transitioning from elementary to middle school is challenging whether you’re a student or a parent/guardian. Aside from the change in educational demand, the pace of the school year often feels as if it quickens. The relationship dynamic between parents/guardians and teachers also evolves. Teachers in middle school can have anywhere from 100 to 250 students, as compared to the 25 to 50 in elementary. It can feel like there isn’t as much time for personal attention. 

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Topics: Middle School, Students and Families

How to Stay on Track for College and Career During Senior Year

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Sal Acosta on Aug 8, 2019 2:18:55 PM

From the time our children are small, we teach them what we know. Soon enough, it comes time for them to learn things we don’t know, and that’s when we call in the experts: educators. Time flies, and soon our students are in their *gasp*  last year of high school! This is a crucial time when years of hard academic work and focus come to fruition. It’s also when senioritis might set in! It’s imperative that parents and guardians support their students in staying on course through high school graduation.

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Students and Families

Who's Who on Your Middle Schooler’s Campus

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jul 10, 2019 5:10:42 PM

With back to school around the corner, we want to make sure that parents and guardians have all the resources they need to support their student’s success this academic year. This is an especially big year for students making the transition from grade school to middle school – there are so many changes! Lockers, more class periods, more demanding schedules, more emphasis on personal responsibility, new students and teachers – the list goes on and on. And even if it isn’t your student’s first year in middle school, each new year presents new challenges.

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Topics: Middle School, Students and Families