As I've said multiple times before I don't want my kids to apply to college and find out they are not prepared as the college requires.
Here is an article by Jeanette Webb of Aiming Higher Consultants that speaks to the fact that it seems that some American teens are "living in Disneyland" thinking they deserve to reach for their dreams and they are thinking too much of their future potential as their ticket to college rather than having shown evidence that they have already achieved or shown that the work they are capable of doing.
I applaud her message as it seeks to help students realize what they must do years before the college application date in order to be able to go down the path they desire.
I started really thinking about how to homeschool high school at the start of eighth grade homeschool but now I wish I'd done the research when my son was starting grade seven. What courses are taken in the 8th grade year are vital.