Category Archives: High School

Plan ahead to be college eligible

Simply meeting colleges’ minimum admissions requirements may get you to the gate but not to the finish line. Planning a four-year high school course sequence is worth the time and effort.

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College-level classes in high school?

“Students should strive for balance in their schedule and consider their intellectual capabilities and after-school activities when selecting (AP or IB) courses…And parents shouldn’t let what other parents are doing or saying influence how many college-level courses they encourage their … Continue reading

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How colleges review high school classes

“… pick what’s truly good for you. If you love the humanities, order up the most challenging English, history, and foreign language your school has to offer. On the other hand, if math and science are topics that inspire you … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Your GPA

Many colleges won’t take your reported high school GPA at face value. They recalculate your GPA according to their own standards, considering grades in core academic subjects like English and math and excluding subjects such as the arts and physical … Continue reading

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The Truth about GPAs

Research consistently shows that a student’s high school grades are the best predictor of their likelihood of success in college. However, most selective colleges do not care much about cumulative GPAs. What they DO care about are grades in core classes … Continue reading

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Calculate Your “True” GPA

Do you understand how your high school is calculating your GPA? Most selective colleges recalculate applicants’ GPAs according to their own algorithm: “Before you decide where you are applying to college and what your chances are, you need to calculate your … Continue reading

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High School Course Plan

Each spring high school students have to plan for next year. The key to planning a high school course plan is to play to one’s strengths and interests. Challenge yourself, but plan realistically to do well in the courses you … Continue reading

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