Parents want the best for their kids. They want them to grow up well-rounded and successful. Part of that is getting their child into the right university. The right university has to be a good match and fit for the student. Many parents want to see their children attend top universities, like Stanford, MIT, or Caltech. There can be a lot of anxiety surrounding the admissions process. Parents worry their child may not get in to the school of their choice. They want their child to get ahead, and it can be stressful if their child is not on level. Students need to engage in extracurricular activities, in addition to excelling in class. This reinforces character and looks good on university applications.
Parents may also be under informed about the admissions process, and what it takes to get into a top tier school. Math should be largely emphasized, it’s crucial for students to have a strong foundation in math to be competitive on applications. It’s important for students who are aiming for the top universities to be on the correct Math Pathway. School districts draft these pathways, but many parents do not know about them.
If a parent’s child is a gifted student, this can bring additional challenges. Parents may not know how to parent a gifted child. The California Association for the Gifted (CAG) has resources on this topic. Their Frequently Asked Questions page addresses the most common concerns and areas of under-information. They will be holding a conference February 22-24th in Palm Springs.