Choosing AP and Honors classes

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Choosing AP and Honors classes

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How do you decide whether to enroll in honors, magnet or AP classes and how much of it should be your child´s decision? A lot of that is determined by age. When children are younger, this needs to be a parent decision. You can do a careful job of listening to your child´s opinion yet you, as a parent, need to make that choice. When your children get older, you need to be very careful, particularly if you have a high drive child who will be eager to take every honors and AP class offered that they do not burn out. And that is of great concern and some schools will limit it for you, but you may want to talk to your child about no more than two APs and explain your rationale and allow them to be successful without being burnt out.
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Fay Van Der Kar-Levinson, PhD

Psychologist

For more than 30 years, Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has helped parents to navigate the maze known as parenting. She acts as both a guide and a resource for parents as they deal with the joys and challenges of raising children.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson’s passion is to help parents to help their children thrive at each stage of development. She works to identify each child’s unique temperament and learning style in order to create and implement effective behavior strategies. Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson is an expert at helping families deal with life changes such as birth of siblings, changing schools, divorce, and death.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson also guides parents through the process of determining the best school for their children, and has co-authored two books on that topic, Choosing the Right School for Your Child and Secrets to School Success.   

For the past three decades Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has lectured and consulted at private as well as public schools. She has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of California at Los Angeles and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson earned her PhD and MA at the University of California at Los Angeles where she studied and trained with some of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians in the fields of child development and clinical psychology. She is a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association.

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