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Parents often make the mistake of assuming the school can take care of their children's educational needs. Unfortunately, many teachers and counselors are overworked and overburdened, and therefore do not have the time to focus on the needs of an individual student. Parents must become advocates for their children by asking questions and making sure their children are taking courses that adequately prepare them for college.
Statistics show that many Latino students are often the first person in their family to attend college. While it helps if at least one parent attended college, any parent can learn the necessary steps to ensure that their children are on the college track.
Even if your children are already high school seniors or juniors, and haven't been following this track, college is still an option. However, to get back on track, they may need to spend their freshman year in college doing "catch-up" academic work or attend community college.
On the next page are recommendations to help parents (and students) become more involved in children's education.
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