As a parent, the complex and costly process of preparing for and applying to college can be overwhelming and starts earlier than many realize.
The Education Opens Doors Program provides support to parents who will assist their students in the ongoing process of navigating high school and applying for college and financial aid.
We offer three workshops to our program partners as a parent resource: Preparing Your Middle Schooler for Success, Types of High Schools and Paying for College. Upon request, we work with our program partners to implement these workshops during a pre-publicized event for parents on campus. In the past, we have presented workshops at Coffee with the Principal, Parent-Teacher nights and in partnership with other school and district programming.
Preparing Your Middle Schooler for Success
Parents explore the four major components of college success: academics, mindsets, extracurricular activities and family support. Parents leave with a thorough checklist describing the steps they can take to ensure their student is on track to succeed in high school and college.
Types of High Schools
Parents investigate different high school options and brainstorm which high school settings would be the best fit for their student. Parents learn the necessary steps to apply to local charter, private and magnet high schools.
Paying for College
Parents plan how their family can pay for college and familiarize themselves with the types of financial aid available to their student. Tips and advice are provided to complete the FAFSA, apply for scholarships and access government grants that will greatly reduce college costs!
Contact us to learn more about how we partner with local schools and inquire about bringing our program to your child’s school.
Student & Parent Resources
A wealth of resources exist on the internet to help you navigate college and career decisions with your student.
Preparing for the Professional World
Seventh-grader Johanna participated in the Education Opens Doors Program at Uplift Peak Preparatory Middle School. The program has sparked conversations between Johanna and her parents about college majors and paying for college, enabling her to be better prepared for her future.
“Through the program, I now understand what opportunities are open for me. I learned that there are multiple problems in the world, but that I could also be a part of the solution,” Johanna shared.
In the future, “to be a part of the solution, I want to attend Columbia University to become a psychologist and help people understand that they have many opportunities, just like I do.”