In part one of this series, we went over some simple ways parents of high school students can provide support and help limit their risk of dropout. Hundreds of thousands of US high school students drop out every year, a number that's simply far too high, and parents are just one group looking to combat this, along with educators and administrators alike.
At Summit Academy, we offer numerous resources for parents and students alike, from our enrollment policy and other important documents to themes like dropout prevention. What are some other important approaches parents can take to support their kids and help them avoid the risks that may lead to dropout? Here are several.
Have Frank Conversations About Careers
While your primary role as a parent is to support all your child's decisions, including regarding their future career, you can also act as an experienced guide to help them make sound choices. Have frank conversations with your kids about what they want to do and what they're interested in, and be honest about the pros and cons of various career paths.
It's important that you avoid giving them a false sense of security about their chosen field, but it's also crucial that you communicate your support for them no matter what.
Encourage Them to Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities can provide a number of benefits for high school students, including developing important skills, networking with like-minded individuals, and establishing a sense of purpose. All of these things are crucial to helping students stay on track and avoid the risks associated with dropout.
There are many different types of extracurricular activities to choose from, so find the ones that fit your child's interests and encourage them to get involved. It can be a great way to show your support for them and help keep them on track.
Adopt Early Intervention Strategies
If you've noticed some of the telltale signs of potential dropout, such as skipping class, poor grades, or absences, it's important to take swift and effective action. Early intervention strategies can make a world of difference for at-risk students and help prevent them from dropping out.
If you're not sure where to start, reach out to your child's school for guidance. They'll likely have resources in place to help parents address these issues and help their kids stay on track.
Consider Switching Schools
In some cases, your child's dropout risks are being caused in some part by their current school environment. If you feel like your child's school isn't the right fit for them, consider switching schools.
There are many great schools out there that can provide a more supportive environment for your child and help them stay on track to graduate. Talk to your child's educators and administrators to get their take on what the best course of action is for your child.
For more on how parents can help their high school kids avoid the risk of dropping out, or to learn about any of our charter high school programs, speak to the staff at Summit Academy today.