am taking this moment to thank every one of you for your trust, support and for choising Stepping Up for your children high school entrance process preparation. I'm blessed and grateful to start another year as a coach for grade 5th and 6th students, and I am pleased to share this 7th-year with you all. Helping students preparing for their high schools' entrance process, apart from being a mother, it has been the most valuable learning experience of my life. By choosing Stepping Up, you are letting me know that I am doing the right thing. It has not always been an easy road, but I would do it all over again, aside from few mistakes!! To the friends, students, and families I have met through this journey. THANK YOU for the lessons learned and for letting me make a difference."

STEPPING UP is coaching services offering workshops to grade 5 and 6 students applying to high schools and wish to increase their abilities and possibilities of acceptance. At STEPPING UP, we follow students individually throughout the process, and their academics skills are continuouosly evaluated using different standardized testings and methods. These measurements help target their weaknesses and most important, reinforce their strengths. Students are also taught several strategies to develop proper test-taking skills, it helps avoid silly mistakes and reduce their test anxiety, the day of the test. 

These workshops are designed to help students increase their self-confidence, by constantly exposing them to different scenarios and giving them tools to help strengthen their forces. It does play a significant role during the high school entrance process. It also provides support to students, and their families to understand the overall process and adapt the preparation to their daily routine.

THE PROCESS? Each high school has its way to evaluate students' potential and admission. Upon registration, they will request your child's last grade 5 report card, and many high schools now ask for grade 4 as well. The evaluation process could go anywhere from full academic multiple choices timed exam, in French and English, depending on the school's prerequisites. Some schools will prefer using an IQ test format or have students go through interviews, essay writing, and group assignments.

Depending on your child's high school choices, and the results of the first evaluation. I will adapt the preparation according to his/her needs and goals. Preparing students for all kinds of scenarios possible and strengthing their academics knowledge. 

WHEN DO WE START? Depending on the high schools and your school board, entrance exams dates may vary, you might want to plan ahead. I suggest thinking about it when your child gets into Grade 5; the first report card is the alarm, by then, you should have a good understanding of your child's academic strengths and weaknesses. It is essential to have a plan of action and know what the focus should be for the upcoming months. CRAMMING is NOT an option! It will increase your child's anxiety, create unwanted resistance and affect your child self-confidence, along with increasing your stress level... From experience, it is never too early to start, but often too late! Routine and conscistency will make a diference.  

There are a lot of myths surrounding the entrance process, therefor the best is to be informed. You can always call me, we will plan it together, but first, I will suggest starting with visiting each potential high schools' website and gather as much information as possible. Usually, each site has a page dedicated to the school entrance process. You can also call them and schedule a visit. They might invite you to participate in the school activities, such as their open house. It is never too early to show interest in the high schools of your choice.

RESERVE YOUR CHILD SEAT NOW.  It will be my pleasure to help you and your child throughout this process. There is a maximum of places available for the upcoming 2019 entrance process. Please, reserve your child seat as soon as possible. 2019 Stepping Up 2 High School Workshops.

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