How to Choose the Right High School for Your Teenager

If you have a teenager who is going into high school, you will want to choose a high school that has academic excellence and plenty of opportunities for his or her future. Look no further than this article for tips on how to choose the right high school for your teenager.


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    Consider what your teenager is interested in, such as art, mathematics and technical careers. For example, if he or she is interested in a high school with a career program in the arts, search for a high school that has that sort of career program. It is also suggested that you look for high schools with clubs and electives that fit your teen's interests and programs that meet his or her career aspirations.
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    Look for a school with a high graduation rate. The graduation rate of a high school says a lot about how well the school does in academics and educating the students, since students must meet many requirements (such as passing major tests and exams and certain classes, or General Education requirements) in order to graduate from high school.
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    Consider the curriculum of the school. Does the school give the students an adequate education and provide education on all necessary subjects, including the General Education requirements for high school? Also, consider how challenging the curriculum is. You want to pick a school with a curriculum that is challenging enough (not too easy), but not too challenging.
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    Find a school that has good accountability. The school you pick should have a low rate of bullying and harassment, classes that are taught by highly qualified teachers, and a good reputation overall.
    • Ask what is done about bullying and misbehavior in the school.
    • Find out whether senior students are involved in caring for or overseeing younger students through peer mentoring. This can provide a helpful two-way process by which students of all ages take responsibility for everyone's well-being.
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    Aim to find schools that have career programs. Career programs are offered to high school students and help them gain work experience to prepare them for the careers, which look good on resumes as well.
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    Visit the school websites, if any. Visiting the websites will help you in finding more information about the school, the teachers, the expectations and the opportunities. You can also get information about orientations and orientation dates, which are very useful.
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    Attend an orientation with your teenager. Going to orientations is very useful in finding out about the school. Feel free to ask any questions or raise your concerns after the orientation to make sure you get all the information you need.
    • Encourage your teenager to ask questions directly. This will help your teen to understand that by this point, along with your ongoing support, they begin to take responsibility for their own education and its outcomes.
    • It is a good sign if the teachers, deans and other relevant persons at the school make a sincere effort to engage directly with your teen during discussions together.
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    Ask friends, colleagues or relatives for recommendations. They might have children who have gone to beneficial high schools and recommend them to you, so you should ask for suggestions and find out more about those schools.


  • Be certain to use your own reactions and responses to a school when assessing it. While it is useful to get advice from other people, sometimes the advice is erroneous or based on a particular experience that the other person had with the school. Also take care to dismiss hearsay about "bad" or "fantastic" things about the school––both are extremes of opinion that must be verified by actual visits and finding out the facts directly.

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