NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2012) - The start of a new school year is always accompanied by the distribution of catalogues that illustrate the latest supplies and clothes that students "need" to thrive in their new classes. Notebooks, pens, pencils, binders, new shoes, a new backpack -- these are the kinds of items that society associates with the start of a new school year. But there are other preparations that should be made, preparations that are immaterial and require a great deal of effort on behalf of parents. The New York Times has run an article that breaks down these preparations, and York Prep encourages parents to pay attention to the insight that this article offers.
According to the authors of the article, getting ready for a new school year is just as mental as it is physical. While a fully-stocked backpack will provide students with the material tools they need to succeed in class, they need emotional and mental preparation for this next stage of life. The article asserts that setting clear guidelines regarding behavior and academic expectations, encouraging students to make their own decisions, and taking kids out of their comfort zone are crucial in preparing them for increasing levels of independence. Additionally, teaching them to budget their money, encouraging charitable donations, and refraining from acting like a full-time cheerleading squad are essential if students hope to transition to college successfully.
York Prep's Headmaster Ronald Stewart agrees with the article, stating that students need to learn to act responsibly without the assistance of their parents. "We want our students to progress emotionally and mentally, meaning that they get increasingly independent with each year that passes," asserts Stewart. "Ultimately, the goal is that they are well-equipped, both academically and mentally, to transition successfully to college life. College affords students a new level of freedom, giving them choices and responsibilities that they have never before encountered. For this reason, it is important that students are able to learn independence, decision making, and other non-academic skills as they progress through the school system."
Stewart encourages the parents and students at York Prep to engage in the activities that the article recommends. By preparing for college life, he says, students will be able to better focus on their academic studies once they get settled into their dorm.
A private school established by Ronald and Jayme Stewart, York Prep is located in New York, New York. Ronald and Jayme are still highly involved in the school, which now has 350 students, and act as the Headmaster and College Counselor, respectively. York Prep provides educational offerings to students in grades six through 12. With its unique approach to education, York Prep supplies flexible course scheduling and curriculum offerings that allow students to focus on subjects in which they excel while simultaneously building other skills and knowledge.
To learn more about York Prep, visit yorkprep.org.