The young people we write about in the Advocate and here on Back Talk are generally outstanding students — they make perfect grades and excel in their extra-curricular activities. We rejoice in their achievements — scholarships, awards and acceptances to Ivy League universities — as their parents beam with pride.

All this while others of us sit quietly on the sidelines, praying and hoping against hope that some college, any college, will accept our kid come 2012. That’s right. Admit it. Bs peppered with a C and (God forbid) a D, coupled with a mediocre sports/extra curricular record, ain’t going to cut it. Your last chance: good SAT scores!

Which brings me to the point of the post:

Conrad High School, A DISD school located near Lake Highlands, 7502 Fair Oaks, is offering a free SAT-prep math course. It started this past weekend but it’s not too late to register.  It runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. the following dates: Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 13.

At my urging (a.k.a bribing and threatening), my son went Saturday. He complained that he was the only kid there who didn’t attend Conrad, but the class is open to students from all districts, including private schools.

Conrad offers three levels of classes based on a pretest. They will cover different materials each class along with test-taking strategies. All materials, except for a calculator, are supplied. The students simply register at the first class that they attend, take a pretest and then are placed in the appropriate class. My child reported back Saturday afternoon that he was glad to be enrolled (despite the fact that it means waking well before noon on a Saturday) and that he felt like he was going to get some valuable help.

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