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teen: 12-18 yrs.

School is where your child hones skills that are every bit as essential to his all-around development and future success as English, math, science, and social studies, even if they don't appear on a report card. These include critical thinking, problem solving, respecting authority (and, when appropriate, challenging it), asking questions, defending positions and learning to get along with one's peers.

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Your Teenager At School

Studies show that children whose families take an interest in their education earn higher grades and test scores, miss fewer days of school, complete more homework, behave better and enjoy school more, and are more likely to graduate and matriculate to college.