We know, the struggle is real.
Here's a few ways parents can help:
CAPITALIZE ON FREE TIME
"What free time?" I know I know. It can be hard. However, encourage your dancer to make use of any spare time during the day including lunch, study hall, carpooling to/fro places, in between classes/rehearsals, and even weekends. This can mean sacrificing fun for the sake of productivity, but if it alleviates stress it might be worth it!
One dancer mentioned that Sundays were a great day for her to get ahead for the week. Working ahead can help them feel "on top of it" from the get-go and make the rest of the week much less stressful.
You can facilitate studying on the go by suggesting they carry their book bag with them wherever they go. Try sneaking some healthy snacks in their backpack :) such as "brain fuel" i.e. healthy fats and some extra water.
As far as studying after classes goes: I always found that getting up early to study rather than staying up late was much more productive. Your brain is fresher after a few hours of sleep and you are more likely to retain information!
When studying in between classes/rehearsals, perhaps your dancer can find a quiet place at the studio to focus? If the studio lacks such a space maybe suggest that one be designated for that purpose? Instructors are often aware of the ballet/school challenge, so they may be more than happy to help!
SIMPLIFY THEIR DANCE SCHEDULE
If applicable, consider dropping any uneccessary classes. I know this can be hard because we LOVE dancing period. Yet at one point it simplified my life to just focus on my ballet classes rather than cramming in other styles that weren't exactly crucial to my training. This is a personal choice of course!
You might also try clumping classes together into the same evening. For me this looked like dancing three nights a week but taking multiple classes on each of those nights. This freed up my other two evenings to catch up on school work, rest, and be with my family.
UTILIZE A PLANNER
A planner is a great tool for many reasons. For one, it gets all that information regarding assignments and due dates out of their head and into one place. It allows them to organize everything according to due dates and deadlines.
Teach your child how to manage their time well by penciling in "study time" for each project. This will help them learn to prioritize tasks and complete things on time rather than procrastinating.
CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLING
For high school dancers training at a pre-professional level, homeschooling or "cyber school" can be great options. It can be hard to train at this level as well as attend school during regular hours. You might consider either of these options depending on where your child is in their aspirations.
It's also important to have realistic expectations for your child'scapacity. For some students, attending a demanding high school and training at a highly advanced level can be draining. This is why dance psychologists remind parents to consider placing their dancer at a less rigorous school if they also expect them to focus onballet and train at a pre-professional level. Of course this decision will depend on each dancer, the school they attend, and their individual capacity.