High School Matters

College Admissions

Frank Bruni on his book Where You Go Is Not Who’ll You’ll Be:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp1LrZIfn2U PBS

Challenge Success White Paper on the Problem with College Rankings

Test Scores

Not all colleges and universities require standard test scores.  A growing number have test optional admissions practices.  Check out Fair Test to learn more.  https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional


What is success?

Julie Lythcott-Haims on How to Raise an Adult:

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author and former Freshmen Dean at Stanford visits the ISD:

Success is developing a growth mindset.  Meet Carol Dweck author of Mindset:

Success is the product of hard work, the investment of time and embracing challenge.  Meet Malcolm Gladwell author of Outliers:

Success is about who you are, knowing yourself, building strong relationships and contributing to the world around you in a way that is meaningful to you.  Success is also letting kids make mistakes.  Success is about developing internal motivation.  Meet Madeline Levine author of The Price of Privilege in these four short videos. 

Success is learning about the imposter syndrome and letting that knowledge set you free.  We can all learn to appreciate the fruits of our own labors and feel pride in ourselves.  We can connect with each other when we discuss the imposter syndrome, the challenges in our work and how we are tackling them.


How do I support a High School Student Who is Feeling Anxious?

Check out the short videos on a range of ways anxiety might appear in a teen’s life and how you might respond. Meet Kevin Ashworth of the NW Anxiety Institute.  He too has visited us in the ISD.

Meet researcher, Dr. Suniya Luthar, as she explores how and why the children of upper middle class families might face depression, anxiety, substance use, rule breaking and what families can do to support them and provide protective factors. 

Enjoy a brief interview with her here: https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/affluence

Or enjoy a longer podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/i-can-therefore-i-must-risks-high-achieving-stressors/id1473072044?i=1000447605122

Or read Dr. Luthar’s original study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4215566/