Is My Child On Track for High School Success?

This assessment is divided into five separate question areas.  Each area represents a cluster of skills that are essential for academic and career preparation and success. If the answer to an individual question is in the affirmative, please place a tick in the adjacent box.

Your Child:

Academic Skills:




Social-Emotional Development:




Executive Function:


Please note that the scores indicated in this survey are intended to encourage a discussion between child and parent. Many years working with children have taught us at Confident Parenting never to predict or limit a student’s potential, or to lock-in a diagnosis; never say never!  

However, every child entering high school needs a plan for academic and social/emotional success, and this is where we help parents in creating that plan for success.

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What Sort Of Middle School Does Your Early Adolescent Need?

Although 12-year-olds are still years away from procreating in our complex, contemporary society, as far as millions of years of evolution are concerned, they’re ready to breed at any time.”

Early Adolescent Needs:  A unique environment that can help them negotiate the impact of puberty on their intellectual, social, and emotional lives.

Early Adolescent Development:  Puberty sets the context for understanding early adolescent development and how best to teach and support them.


What works? A balanced approach that recognizes that early adolescence is a unique period in the life of a person, and that this requires a focus on the academic, physical, social-emotional, and moral parts of their lives; to focus on one too much at the exclusion of the others, is to risk growing a student and person who is developmentally out-of-sync.

Elementary School Programs, Grades K-3         

Elementary Children’s Needs: Kids are now able to retreat into their own minds, as well as taking major steps out into the social world.

Elementary Children’s Development: Children now become social beings in their own right.  Participating in the bigger world is a big part of what this period of childhood is all about. They discover the rules for social conduct, and they have a drive to discover, invent, create, and explore.


What works in the elementary classroom:

  • Learning and working together
  • Finding connections in learning
  • Discovery of the wider world
  • Very limited seat work
  • Social-emotional needs met