Q:

How do I know when my daughter reaches her senior year next year that she is on track to reach the academic goals that she has set for herself? Concerned

A:

Don't wait until your daughter reaches her senior year. Right now is a good time to assess your daughter's high-school progress toward meeting future goals. She should plan on taking challenging courses next year to eliminate the "senior slump" that can carry over to college. And it's important to check that she has taken the right courses to be admitted to colleges that she would like to attend as well as look for scholarships if financial aid is needed. Then she should be ready on January 1 of her senior year to send in the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid to make sure your child is an early bird in the contest for financial aid. By the end of this year, she also needs to have developed a list of colleges to which she will apply.