HIGH SCHOOL READINESS
AACA strives to ensure that both parents and students are well-informed about the many options for high school education that exist within the city of Chicago and nearby suburbs. To do this, AACA provides a program of instruction and support focused on early exposure for parents and students to these options as well as ways in which to begin fact-finding about schools of interest.
AACA also provides a planned program of student support to guide their decision-making process as they select high schools to explore. While AACA first and foremost supports Catholic high schools and actively promotes these; public, private and charter school options are also shared with families to encourage a full range of exploration of schools to find the right fit for individual students and families.
3 KEY COMPONENTS OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM
- Taking Personal Stock: This high school process is first and foremost parent and student driven. Parent and student high school data collection and decision-making should be based on many criteria - student's academics, social setting, finances, location, student's interests, etc.
- Academic Readiness: Classroom academic development and preparation of students for high school. (entrance exam preparation, time management/executive functioning, curriculum development, test scores/grades)
- AACA Support - High School Specialist to help guide parents and students through the process (application assistance, scheduling shadow dates, family meetings, etc.).