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What Do You Do Before High School Graduation 2017
William Jackson, M.Ed. - Edward Waters College
@wmjackson #MyQuestToTeach

These suggestions are to help as graduation gets closer.
Graduation, an end to an educational journey from Day
Care to High School. Before this momentous occasion
parents need to make sure all the I’s are dotted and T’s
crossed to make a smooth closure to a long journey.
These are just a few suggestions from my experiences as
a parent and a teacher.

Parents make sure your child has enough credits to
graduate and has a “diploma” not a “certificate of
completion”. Make sure your child understands that their
journey in public education maybe coming to a conclusion,
learning does not end there. It is a continuous life-long
process, ask anyone that is successful, successful in their
career and working in a “real” career not just a job.

1. Make sure you obtain the most recent high school
“official” transcript to send too schools or potential
employers. Many organizations, schools and groups
require a transcript to see if academically students
are “qualified” to be eligible. The world is
highly competitive and education is the key to
achievement and advancement.

2. Make sure you have current and up to date medical
and dental records. Even after graduating from high
school students are still dependent on their parents for
certain medical services. Parents must understand “their”
graduate is not an adult yet, they are still maturing,
learning and growing. There is some information and
documentation only parents can obtain until children
are 21 or even 25. As a parent of a 25 and 21 year old,
I still in some cases support my children outside of money.

3. Make sure there are boundaries and expectations on
behaviors, actions, and even responsibilities in the home
for the soon to be graduates. There should be mutual
understanding on everyone’s duties and responsibilities
and always respect. Stop telling your child they are
“grown” until they are out of your house and working
independently. Even that is not a guarantee that they
will not need some support until they are
established and able to support themselves.

4. Talk to your child’s teacher(s) about internships,
scholarships, summer employment and community
projects. Do not accept the words, “I got this,” as
being responsible and accountable. Parents end up
paying more in the long run, keep informed and
stay on your child unless they show responsibility.

5. Make hair, nail or beauty appointments months
before May to avoid the rush and chaos of getting
your child ready. Young men need to also reserve
haircuts,shaves, and clothing appointments.

6. Remind your child of the two institutions that
want their attendance Correctional (Prison) and
Instructional (Higher Education) and to make wise
decisions even after graduation.
The closer it get to graduation sometimes kids lose
touch with reality and get “stupid” and maybe even
“ignant” as some seasoned seniors would say.

7. Check your child’s academic (Cumulative) folder
for items that may delay graduation or entrance
into college, trade school or the military. You have
a right to see their records and ask questions and
if not provided seek an attorney for help. Don’t wait
for the last weeks to make demands. It makes that
person look like a fool because there are 180 days
in the school year, why did you wait.
Check for discipline referrals, changed grades,
teacher notes, etc. All documentation is important.

8. Make sure all deposits and fees are paid in full before
graduation. Check for lost books, needed forms and other
items that should be completed. Do not trust your child
unless they show they are responsible. “I got this” are the
words that put gray hairs in more parents hairs because
something will be undone that costs money.

9. Know what your child’s GPA is, weighted or un-weighted.

10. Make sure your child takes or has taken the SAT and
the ACT several times. Many schools only require one, but
better safe than sorry.

11. Check on Bright Futures scholarship information. Many
HBCU’s accept ACT scores that show your child’s academic
success and potential for future success. Use whichever
gives you a better chance of getting into college and
this may affect monies. Check athletic scholarships, make
sure it is a full ride or partial. Does it cover books
and incidentals?

12. Work on your child’s Marketable skills to help them
network and grow. Get them involved in community events
before they need community service hours, not rushing
to beg people to help and the child does not learn anything
from their experiences.

13. Set Academic, Professional, Monetary and Career goals
now so your child will have a flexible plan of attack when
they graduate.

14. Have your child volunteer consistently, stay involved in
your community, and church. Volunteer hours can still help
with networking and build marketable skills to use later.

15. Search online and inquire with local businesses about
summer internships paid and unpaid. Your time is valuable
so unpaid is important also.

16. Join local business organizations like Chamber of
Commerce to gain marketable skills and get a jump on
career goals.

17. Participate in church events and activities helps build
your resume or CV curriculum vitae.

18. Take college tours, visiting the school environment
to make sure you are familiar with college or even the

19. Social Media entries; post POSITIVE content, pictures,
text and video. Your e-Reputation and e-Personalities tell
a story about you. Social Media content will define you
and may be your first representation of you to others.

20. Register with LinkedIn to start networking and
connecting. There is a NEW LinkedIn for students.
21. Continue to research educational options and
inquire even now about Masters and Doctorial programs.

22. Make sure you and your child understand what type
of diploma they will have. It is painful to expect a High
School Diploma and receive a Certificate of Attendance,
Certificate of Completion, an ESE Diploma or

23. On Social Media unfriend and even block those
that are openly using drugs, weapons and involved
in criminal actions. You may be “guilty by
association” by having them part of your network.

24. Have a “real” Social Security card, and Birth
Certificate, and if necessary a Visa to travel abroad.
Many high school students and those going to
college are even getting passports.

25. Check with your local police department to make
sure there are no records of mistaken criminal activity
from someone impersonating you or looks like you.

26. Financial Aid and Scholarship Information can
be found online.
@prepforcollege (Twitter) #CollegeChat,

27. Google and Hashtag yourself to “see” what is
online about yourself to be prepared for questions of
activities and events that your involved in.

28. Contact teachers and other professionals that you
may need letters of recommendations from them.
This is one reason why children need to be taught to
respect and honor adults because it is the right thing
to do and they WILL need their help.

29. Teach your children to be humble, approachable,
honest, responsible and accountable for their actions.
The world is sometimes an unforgiving place and if
mistakes are made sometimes an apology is accepted,
but if one is not given that can be counted against them.

Parents sometimes it is hard to accept that the apple
does not fall far from the tree. So take extra care to
support your child to build their confidence, to be
proactive and responsible.
The world has changed, being prepared means being a
well-rounded individual with people skills, confidence
and that understanding that the world is based on global
competition. Teach your children early about the value of
having an education and being a life-long learner.
Posted By: William Jackson
Tuesday, April 11th 2017 at 10:44AM
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