Are you wondering if your child is going to do any
better in school this year? Or are you praying that your child will do better? If
he or she had a rough year last year, you’re probably desperate for them to turn things around – and racking your brain for ways to help them do it. If so, you’re not alone. Dozens of parents are facing the start of the new school year wondering whether or not their teen’s grades will continue to slip, whether they’ll be running a regular carpool to weekend detention, or whether they’ll lose even more sleep over their child’s choice of friends and peer group.
The best way to combat these concerns – and set your student up for a year of success – is to be as pro-active as possible about your child’s approach to the new school year. Beyond purchasing notebooks, assignment pads and organizers, you need to establish clear and close communication with your teen’s teachers and counselors before the school year even begins. Make a point of discussing your teen’s struggles last year and ask for regular updates and for them to contact you immediately if they have any concerns over his behavior or performance this year. Inviting your teen to become an active participant and voice in these discussions will make this step even more effective: involving your teen in your conversations with teachers and counselors will reinforce the fact that school staff are there to support – not penalize – him.
Parents can reinforce this support structure by working with your teen to establish very clear goals and expectations for the coming school year. Ask your teen to evaluate her performance last year in terms of grades, behavior/friends and attitude, then ask her to make specific suggestions about how she can improve in each of those areas during the new school year. Next, share with her your own suggestions, then work together to come up with a short list of goals that you both agree are achievable. Break each goal into smaller, easy to accomplish steps, then revisit them at regular intervals during the school year – at each mid-term, for example. You may also want to set aside regular time each week to arrange tutoring appointments or counseling, help your teen with assignments, or simply discuss his progress, concerns and, most importantly, his accomplishments – no matter how small!
Clearly, helping your teen turn around a history of behavioral and/or academic problems takes a lot of work, energy, and commitment, and it’s sometimes more than parents can take on – especially if both partners work full time, you are a single parent, or you have several children. So if you’re wondering how you’re going to be able to provide the constant, consistent support your teen will most certainly need, you may want to look at the advantages of a boarding school program for the coming year – and it’s not too late.
Many boarding schools offer programs specifically designed for teens struggling to change patterns of negative behavior or academic problems, and all of them offer consistent one-on-one support in family-oriented communities. In addition to a teaching faculty experienced in helping students with learning difficulties or emotional or behavioral problems, boarding schools also provide all kinds of additional resources, from learning centers and academic support in the form of tutors and supervised study halls to highly trained counselors: in other words, boarding schools offer a complete and total support structure designed to help your teen make the positive life changes he or she needs in order to succeed.
The popularity of specialized boarding programs continues to grow thanks to increasing recognition of their effectiveness – and many of these schools offer year-round enrollment so a parent who panics mid-semester can still enroll their teen. Before you run out and sign up your teen, discuss the possibility of boarding school with your child and explain the reasons you believe that it would be beneficial. Presented in the right context, it’s likely that your teen will agree with you on the fact that a boarding program offers the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start in a kind, caring and supportive environment.
If you would like to talk to a counselor about how a boarding school could benefit your child, please fill out a contact form call(888) 972-7736 .