Succeeding in High School focuses on helping students of all backgrounds reach their individual best levels of achievement. The book examines nearly all issues that may directly affect the success or failure of a high school teen, whether such a teen regards himself or herself as a "straight A" student or a struggling student.
The book discusses crucial issues, including the transition from middle school to high school, which, if improperly handled, may negatively affect a teen through the four years of high school. It addresses tricky questions that international and domestic students transferring to a new school district face, which may include the transfer of credit for courses already taken and correct placement in courses at the new high school. Students (and parents) get sound advice on monitoring academic progress and what to do for better academic performance. It guides students and parents on choosing courses at the right level. Building a sound foundation in ninth grade and the need to plan courses through the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades are emphasized.
Students learn to deal with stress and reduce distraction and find out what to do when problems which affect their school performance arise. Succeeding in High School teaches students effective study strategies and how to get the best from their education. Since ways to experience high school to the fullest include taking part in as many aspects of school life as possible, this book explains the importance of extracurricular activities and enrichment opportunities for students.
The second part of the book, "A College Admissions Primer," stresses the need for the college bound teen to stick to a timeline when planning for college. This section advocates a commonsense approach to the college admission process and guides students and parents through the college search, the application process and finding money for college.
Succeeding in High School also describes other postsecondary options.