Is taking a gap year the new redshirting?
Years ago, parents struggled over when their kids would be socially, emotionally, and cognitively ready for kindergarten. Now it's a similar question, but about leaving for college.
Visiting colleges — even when you can’t go in person
College visits are an essential part of the application process. Use these tips to make these visits happen — even if you can’t afford to be there in person.
The 5 best college admissions books
Here are our top picks for books that lead you through the college admissions process. (And don’t panic, they’re all relatively fast and fun reads.)
The new SAT
With the biggest revision in three decades and a new suite of free online test prep tools, the new SAT is a different experience.
Straight-A students in remedial classes — unprepared by their high schools to succeed in college
High schoolers do the hard work to reach their dream of attending college only to find themselves in remedial classes because high school left them unprepared.
The "best" high school?
Why the most competitive high school may not be right for your teen.
Minority students and STEM
Local program with links to UC Berkeley and Stanford strives to close STEM achievement gap.
Why is algebra so important?
Algebra is known as a gatekeeper subject, so when should your child take it?
Ten ways to jump-start college planning
Help your child take the right steps from middle school forward to prepare for college.
Who’s afraid of an empty nest?
A mother braces herself for one of the biggest parenting transitions of all: her youngest child’s departure.
How to get a great letter of recommendation
There's an art to getting letters of recommendation. Here’s the lowdown on who to ask, when to ask them, and how to make it work for all parties.
How learning a foreign language builds tolerance
Learning another language is associated with a host of benefits — including building cultural competence.
The secret to improving SAT scores
Did your teen get a low PSAT, SAT, or ACT score? Don’t panic. Everyone can improve their scores. Two experts share their secrets for helping teens learn how to rock these tests.
What's a gap year?
Here’s what burned-out high school seniors and their perplexed parents need to know about taking a year off before starting college.
15 low-key ideas for visiting college campuses
When you’re just starting to look at colleges, it’s OK to keep it easy like Sunday morning. Here are 15 informal ideas for visiting college campuses with your teen.
Understanding college admissions tests
College admissions tests have long been a rite of passage for high school students, but today’s ACT and SAT look very different from the tests parents remember. Here’s how they have changed.