Educational Timeline Guide for child education through school

The ultimate parent guide for navigating a child’s education 

Parents are often frustrated with knowing the best way to navigate a child’s educational journey. We wanted to provide a comprehensive guide to assist parents and caregivers in preparing for important milestones and dates through this journey.

Through school, children learn how to learn, retain information, think independently, ask questions and develop their abilities. Use this timeline to make sure you start on the right foot and keep the momentum high throughout the school year.

Early Childhood education Preschool

Early Childhood Education

Track physical and mental development and communication skills in young children from birth to age 5. Read about Early Childhood Intervention and free testing and services for children with special needs or disabilities.

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Education

Get a head start preparing for pre-k and kindergarten. Find registration requirements and curriculum expectations, as well as tips to prepare for the first day.

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Pre-K Kindergarten
Elementary 1st-5th Grade

Elementary 1st-5th Grade Education

Prepare for the first day of school with new routines and back-to-school to-do lists. See curriculum expectations by grade level.

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Middle School 6th - 8th Grade Education

Learn how to support children transitioning into middle school and calm anxieties. Find suggestions for success in middle school by year- as well as tips for preparing for high school.

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Middle School Junior High School
High School 9th grade 10th grade 11th Grade 12th Grade

High School 9th - 12th Grade Education

FRESHMAN YEAR

Gain advice on starting high school, read important questions to ask a counselor and create a ninth-grade self-evaluation list. 
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SOPHOMORE YEAR

Begin building a high school resume with recommendations for college planning, taking the PSAT, and avoiding the sophomore slump. 
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JUNIOR YEAR

Discover instructions for prepping for SAT/ACT exams, researching potential scholarships, and visiting possible colleges or trade schools. 
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SENIOR YEAR

Get suggestions on how to finish high school strong by meeting with counselors and checking graduation requirements. Prepare for final steps with college application and essay tips. 
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Paying for College and Trade School Financial Aid Guide

Don't miss important deadlines or opportunities for getting an education after high school funding.   READ MORE >

FINANCIAL AID/ PAYING FOR COLLEGE

Go Public's Education Timeline:
The Ultimate Parent Guide to Navigating a Child's Education

Includes a bonus college financial aid guide

About the Education Timeline: Go Public content producer and parent of two public school students, Trina Pruitt, conceived of the idea out of her own frustrations trying to navigate all the choices and needs for her elementary and high school daughters.