Getting Ready for High School
As a general rule, the grades received in the eighth grade are not used on a student’s GPA, nor do they appear on a student’s high school transcript. (Sometimes when an advanced course, like Algebra, is taken in the eighth grade, credit is given, and grades for that course are included in a student’s GPA.) The eighth grade is, nevertheless, an important year for the reasons listed below.
- Even though grades earned in the eighth grade usually do not officially “count,” these grades are often used to determine ninth grade course placement. A student, for example may need an A or B in eighth grade math to be eligible to take Algebra I as a freshman.
- Students who develop good study skills in middle school/junior high are much better prepared for high school.
- Eighth grade students generally select their freshman courses in the spring. Since all freshman courses and grades become part of a student’s high school record, freshman courses need to be chosen very carefully. Spring is also a good time for you and your son or daughter to develop a four-year high school plan.
- Students who are involved in activities have greater academics success and they usually enjoy high school more. College and scholarship committees also like to see that students are well-rounded and active. With these things in mind, help your son or daughter identify several specific high school activities that he/she might enjoy.