College Planning Questions for your High School Guidance Counselor

This may surprise you, but no one cares more about your child’s college planning than you!  I know this may sound a bit strange, but it’s true.  Your child has other things to think about than college planning, and the guidance counselor has so many students to care for that they can’t possibly care for everyone.  So you, as the parent, need to take control of the college planning preparations.  To help you in this endeavor, we have come up with some college planning questions to ask your high school guidance counselor.

College Planning Questions – Plan

This question may sound simplistic, but it is often overlooked.  Every parent and student needs to ask if the school has a specific plan to help your student prepare for college.  Be specific!  Schedule a meeting and simply ask: What is the plan to help me/my student prepare for college?  This is sometimes referred to as a roadmap, but you are simply looking for the strategy the school has in place to help the student prepare for college.  You don’t have to be in a college preparatory school to be thinking of college planning.  But by asking the question, you and the school can at least be moving in the same direction when it comes to college preparation.  One final thought, it’s never too early to ask this question.  So ask early!

College Planning Questions – Tools

This college planning question has more to do with finding the right major/career path.  Ask…”What tools are available to help me/my student find the best career path?”  Your particular school may have some valuable tools available to help guide you in good career direction.  These tools may include assessments, career counseling and even mentorships.  But again, if you do not ask the question, you may miss some valuable tools that are readily available to you.

College Planning Questions – Partnerships

The area of strategic partnerships is not new in the educational arena.  Vocational schools have a long tradition of strategic partnership with community businesses that help the student find work and licensure.  Private schools offer some strategic partnership with colleges, and even public schools have colleges that offer some great scholarship to individuals in their schools.  You will need to ask your guidance counselor if there are any work or educational partnerships available to your student.

These questions will help you gain a better understanding of the ways in which your high school guidance department can help you prepare for college.  We would like to know what questions you have already asked your guidance counselor that you have found beneficial?  Share a question in the comments section so that we can all benefit from your experience.