7 Tips to Prepare Your Teen for High School

Preparing your children for high school can be a daunting task. There are so many facets to crafting a gratifying high school experience for your teen. The honest truth is that nobody is prepared for high school on his or her first day, but these tips will help ensure a smooth transition from the playground to the halls of secondary education.

Wide angled funny Student wih a books1. The Planner is Vital

When your child is handed a planner on the first day of classes, possibly the greatest tool for surviving high school is being bestowed upon them. What they choose to do next can make or break their entire high school experience. From aiding time management to reference of school policy, the planner does it all. If I was stranded on a high school island and could only bring one thing, it would be a planner.

2. Smile Like You Mean It

Believe it or not, those who smile more often are actually more likely to meet new people, build relationships, and interact socially. The science behind it is simple; smiling makes you seem more approachable to others. While everyone is dazed and confused on their first day of high school, they flock to the people who don’t seem down for help. Did your child just become the most popular kid at school? You’re welcome.

3. Remember the Essentials

Every high school student needs the following: book bag, pencils, pens, loose-leaf paper, notebooks, composition books, erasers, folders, binders, dividers, calculator, lunch or lunch money. Pack your child a pencil sharpener, a stapler, and paper clips if you want him or her to become a vital asset to the classroom because these objects are frequently requested. This tip might seem trivial, but the lack of supplies is very common on the first day.

4. Monitor Your Child’s Cell Phone Activity

Cell phones are great for keeping track of teens, but they can also get them into a lot of trouble. Inappropriate text messaging and “sexting” are big problems in present day high schools. Cyber bullying has ended in tragedy on more than one occasion in the U.S. Mobile carriers such as T-Mobile; offer prepaid cell phones that limit text messaging and web browsing so they have fewer opportunities to get themselves into trouble.

5. Keep the Important Things in Mind

Teens love to get wrapped up in the drama. Encourage social interaction with others, but always remind your teen that high school is important and a one-time opportunity. Failing to achieve solid grades early on can have a long-lasting, recurring effect on the rest of your teen’s high school experience. Limit computer time after school and encourage clubs, sports, and volunteering so your teen can interact while also maintaining focus.

6. Reassure Your Teen With Constant Encouragement

Many high school students experience debilitating stress because their parents have, either intentionally or unintentionally, caused them to fear receiving poor grade marks. The pressure of not letting his or her parents down can have a drastic effect on a child. The repercussions can lead to negative habits forming, like lying to protect themselves from their parent’s disappointment.  This can then lead to a downward spiral in grade quality as the student tries to play catch-up on their own without seeking help from his or her parents. Let them know that their best is enough and that you are proud of them for always trying.

7. College-Level Classes: Approach With Caution

High schools offer a variety of college-level courses for students to earn college credit early. First year students aren’t always prepared for how thorough and taxing these classes can be. Make sure your student is prepared to commit if they intend on taking these classes.


Parents, you are responsible for your child’s survival in high school. High school can be a chaotic jungle, but with these tips, any teen and their supportive parents are guaranteed to make it through with as little pain as possible. Nobody said it would be easy, but if your student enters the halls with the “I Will Survive” mentality of Gloria Gaynor, they’ll do just that.

What tips do you have to prepare your tins for High School?

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  1. James Robert says:

    Mine aren’t quite there yet and with the way time is going it won’t be long before they are. Great tips to keep in mind. Like the encouragement tip, that is all we can really expect from them is giving their all.

  2. Rebecca Parsons says:

    A lot of great things that I wish I would have known when my kids were heading to high school.

  3. Tina Marie says:

    These a great tips. I remember how excited and nervous I was on my first day of high school. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Betsy Barnes says:

    You have some wonderful tips, wish I would have used these a few years ago when my son was entering high school 🙂

  5. Joni Mason says:

    These are great tips for that scary launch into the world of high school! I totally agree with you about approaching College-Level Classes: with caution, my son felt as though he had to take several of these classes and it made him stressed, with very little free time and he grew to dread school.

  6. Karen Glatt says:

    These are tips that I needed to read. Monitor cell phone use is so important and keeping the teenager focused on school work and school is the most important thing. Learning is very and doing their homework!

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