Early College Guidance
Build a strong foundation for your future college prep before high school.
What is Early College Guidance?
Early College Guidance with WiseStart™ gives students a head start on exploring their interests and developing the skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond – providing an ample runway to build strong applicant profiles so that they have the best chance for success by the time they begin the selective college admissions process.
How We Work With Students in Early College Guidance
Your WiseStart™ counselor will work with your student to lay a solid academic foundation, explore their interests, identify their short- and long-term goals, and set them up for college prep success. Your WiseStart™ counselor will drive the program, working collaboratively with our tutors and coaches on academic enrichment and executive functioning, as needed. This team-based approach will support your student through every part of their educational journey, ensuring a seamless transition from middle school into high school.
Early College Counseling
|Curriculum planning – helping students to get on the best track for high school in sequenced courses like math and science, including support for School Placement, if needed
|Identifying and developing academic and extracurricular interests
|Developing strong writing, reading, and problem-solving skills
|Cultivating a habit for reading
Executive Functioning and Skills Development
|Time management, organization, and proper study skills
|Ability to self-advocate
|Cultural humility and how to engage in both school community and the community at large
Why are these skills necessary? Head to our blog to read more about the importance of executive functioning.
Who Can Benefit From Early College Guidance?
Early College Guidance is designed to set middle school students on the path to a successful college admissions process by working with them before high school to build a strong foundation for their future college prep. Early College guidance allows them to work with an IvyWise college admissions counselor as early as 6th or 7th grade to better explore their interests, develop executive functioning skills, and plan a rewarding and thoughtful high school experience that will help them fulfill their college admissions dreams. Once WiseStart™ students begin high school, they can continue to work with IvyWise on long-term college prep in a college counseling program.
Why It Matters to Start College Prep Before High School
Students who start college prep before 9th grade are more likely to perform better in their high school courses, identify and participate in impactful and relevant extracurricular activities, and have a strong college prep foundation going into the admissions process in later years.
WiseStart™ allows students to engage in low-stakes college prep early and in an approachable way, so they’re motivated and encouraged by the possibilities ahead of them – and will be ready for the rigors of intensive college prep once they get to high school.
Here’s why starting early with WiseStart™ is important to helping students reach their academic and admissions goals:
Meet Our Early College Guidance Team
Your WiseStart™ program brings a team of experts to serve your family in the foundational years of your student’s education, supporting your student to find their own path and excel throughout their schooling. Our team of WiseStart™ counselors, tutors, and coaches will guide your student through every facet of their early college prep, from identifying and exploring their interests to ensuring they are getting the most out of their current curriculum. They have extensive experience working with younger students ensuring early academic success and building a strong foundation for high school and the college admissions process.
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