I have been here on CC for a few months now and I have become curious about the # of African American parents here on CC... I would love to hear your experiences as a parent of an AA student and how you are navigating your way through the whole high school/collge selection/college admission process. As the issues we face can be different from others..
Another issue for me is that there are few AA parents who are as concerned/involved as I at her school/in my neighborhood(she sticks out like a sore thumb where we live).
Issues that I/she faces:
My dd14's inner city magnet hs guidance counselor who is apathetic/overworked and is not too fond of this knowledgeable/involved parent. I can say that there may be just a handful of parents at the school that have high expectations for their children... so I think they see me as an anamoly....she only met with my dd14 in January of her freshman year b/c my dtr went to her and requested a meeting... and her response to my daughter was "for what?"
A school that was once a power house in this city, but now faces issues of lazy teachers/administrators, throngs of kids who are underachievers putting kids like my DD14 in the minority. Almost 1/3 of her class is in jeopardy of repeating 9th grade unless they complete summer school...
Ensuring that my dd will be ready/prepared for the college admission process in 2 years 3 weeks(I am sure the common app is available on 8/1 every year?).. and by ready, I mean being able to apply to/be a contender @ highly selective schools... as far as grades, ec's, SAT scores, LOR's etc. I NEVER want it said that the only reason she got in is b/c she is URM. I want her package to speak for itself...
I am very thankful that I stumbled upon CC... its a place where other parents share my thirst for knowledge in all things college! Which has been lacking in my life up to this point!!!