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If your high school student is unhappy, do you encourage the child to advocate for a different schedule, regardless of the official word? Or do you take on the advocacy role, yourself and how?

While it is true that different schools have different policies regarding schedule changes it is important to have your high school student advocate for their own schedule. It’s okay for us as parents to be involved in helping our student figure out what they need, but it’s a critical time for the student to figure it out on their own. It teaches our children many important skills at a time the stakes are not incredibly high. Self-advocacy can be intimidating, but we want them to learn from the process and learn how to deal with the outcome whether it results in the desired course change or not. Once they have done it on their own they have a much greater appreciation for 1. Paying attention to the process initially to avoid problems 2. What their parents have done previously.
The only time I would suggest the parent get involved is if a critical credit is necessary and the student is unsuccessful. It’s important to remember that as our high schooler’s get to college in the not-too-distant future, we the parents, despite paying tuition, do not get access to our children’s grades let alone their course choices. High school is an essential practicing ground for our kids to learn to advocate for themselves.

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