Parent & Mentor Tips

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Tips Pre-K: Birth to Pre-School

  • Read to your child at least 15 minutes every day.
  • Create fun, learning games at home; i.e. naming shapes, colors, letters, etc.
  • Provide your child with opportunities to interact with other children their age.
  • Support your child in their academic learning with the following tips.


Elementary School: Kindergarten to 5th Grade

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Middle School: 6th Grade to 8th Grade


High School: 9th Grade to 12th Grade

  • Fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before your child goes to college.
  • Review with your student to make sure they are enrolled in courses to help qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship.
  • With your child, review high school graduation requirements and discuss the types of courses they may be interested in taking that will help prepare for careers they are interested in.
  • Encourage your child to take the ACT, SAT, and/or the Workkeys exam.
  • Talk to your child about different college options, and if possible, visit a local college fair and various college campuses. If you canʻt visit one locally, do it virtually.

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Higher Education

  • Help your child create a budget, and assist them with managing their money.
  • Attend university orientation and look into first-year programs to help your child transition into college.
  • Encourage your child to make a plan to graduate on time, whether they are attending a 2- or 4-year college. Taking 15 credits per semester will put them on track.