Middle School College & Career Readiness

Your Child’s School Counselor is a Great Resource for College & Career Readiness

 Middle School Counseling


At the middle school level, we create opportunities to explore and deepen college and career knowledge and skills necessary for academic planning and goal setting.



The National Office for School Counseling Advocacy (NOSCA) provides ideas for parents of elementary age students to meet the six standards for College & Career Readiness.


College Aspirations

Number 1

  • Help your child deepen his or her school engagement.
  • Locate resources (e.g., assistance with academic and behavioral issues such as absenteeism) to navigate the school system so you can advocate for your child.
  • Increase student exposure to jobs/careers that reflect their likes and
    interests and begin to create awareness of their state, national, and global communities.

Academic Planning for College & Career Readiness

Number 2

  • Ask your school counselor about critical information provided to students about academic performance, skill development, and planning for college and career readiness.
  • Help your child develop and implement a program of study, create a positive and productive learning environment at home, and understand the consequences of not engaging in the process.
  • Communicate with school personnel to gather critical information about your child’s learning needs and maintain regular communication to closely follow their progress and intervene rapidly if needed.

Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement

Number 3

  • Support your child’s participation in enrichment and extracurricular
  • Identify your child’s unique ideas, interests, talents and abilities.
    Provide resources and materials that encourage and support learning, curiosity and development, such as home lesson plans for academic and activity portfolio and calendar development.
  • Use school and community resources to locate free and low-cost
    enrichment and extracurricular activities that support academic learning and engagement and career interest development.

College & Career Exploration and Selection Processes

Number 4

  • Take advantage of before- and after-care academic programming that supports your school and community’s college and career exploration goals and increases student engagement during out-of school time.
  • Help your child compare and contrast post-secondary institutions’ attributes, offerings, and admission requirements.
  • Sign up for college/career/technical school mailings, listservs, and
    social media groups to retrieve newsletters and other forms of information that may be relevant to your child’s academic interests and career goals.

College & Career Assessments

Number 5

  • Assist your child in developing a positive perspective on assessments as tools for gathering information and learning about themselves.
  • Create a positive home environment focused on preparing students to
    participate in assessments. Emphasize reducing test anxiety and preparing for test day.
  • Visit with your school counselor about potential college and career assessments/inventories that are available in high school school, including the SDMyLife Ability Profiler, Pre-ACT, PSAT, ASVAB, ACT, SAT, and NCRC.

College Affordability Planning

Number 6

  • Help your child develop early awareness of financial literacy, including the use of piggy banks and allowances.
  • Begin a saving’s account for your child and visit with him or her about the importance of saving.
  • Learn about the financial aid application preparation process knowing that your special, unique and/or financial circumstances may not prevent your student from applying for and/or receiving most financial aid.
  • Document special circumstances that may qualify them for special
    financial aid programs and support.
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