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Nearly every parent has the ultimate dream of having his or her child be accepted into an Ivy League school. But that's no easy task. These schools accept only the very best and brightest, and many more deserving students are rejected from these schools than are actually accepted. Here are some tips on how you can give your child that extra edge of getting accepted into an Ivy League school.

Start early. You should start your child in middle school preparing for entry into an Ivy League school. Talk to your child about the goal and get your child excited about it. Tell your child about the benefits of getting into an Ivy League school and tell him how difficult it is to get accepted into one.

Help your child get the best possible grade-point average as possible. Achieving this doesn't necessarily mean enrolling your child into all the advanced placement courses as possible. It means that your child should enroll in courses that may be a bit challenging to him and helping him overcome and succeed in those courses. Getting a high grade-point average means succeeding in the classes your child takes, not necessarily taking the most difficult of classes.

Encourage your child to participate in an outside-of-school activity that interests him. Whether it be playing the trumpet in the marching band, running cross country, or becoming a cheerleader, encourage your child to participate in an event that interests him. Ivy League selection committees want to see that your child not only gets good grades, but succeeds in extra-curricular activities.

Take college courses while you're in high school. Enroll in a regular community college course or two that are of interestûor even at your local state college. Ivy League selection committees like to see students who will go the extra mile to succeed. If your child has already taken college courses, it shows the selection committee that he excels academically.

Encourage your child to visit Ivy League schools early in his high school career. Go on tours and help your child decide which school he'd most like to be accepted in before his senior year. That way he can focus on getting accepted during his final year of high school.

Follow all directions for enrolling in the Ivy League school of your childÆs choice. If a personal essay is required, avoid sounding cocky. You want to write about the issues you truly believe in. And if you don't follow the directions for the application to a T, you can easily be disqualified.

Get letters of recommendations from the people who know your child best. You want these letters to be extremely complimentary and encouraging of the selection committee for them to select your child.