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How to Graduate High School Early: 5 Key Steps

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 1, 2018 6:23:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

 

Are you a high school student who’s thinking about graduating early? Maybe you have an exciting internship offer, want to start college early, or are just interested in finishing high school faster. 

The good news is that graduating high school early is often not as challenging as people think. This guide will give you all the tips and information you need to know about how to graduate from high school early in an easy and hassle-free way, and it will help you decide if graduating early is the right decision for you.

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The Complete List of High School Classes

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 1, 2018 6:22:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Are you wondering which classes to take in high school? Do you want to find out what courses may be offered for each subject?

We’ve compiled a complete list of high school classes for you to see all the possible course options high school students may have. We'll cover everything from science and math to electives and the humanities.

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How to Get a Copy of Your High School Diploma: 2 Scenarios

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Do you need a copy of your high school diploma and are wondering how to get it? Perhaps you need your diploma for a job or college, but you can’t find your original copy. High school diplomas can be required for a variety of reasons, and it’s important to have a copy of yours on hand. 

This guide will go over each step you need to follow in order to get a copy of your high school diploma, whether you graduated recently or years ago.

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Which Year of High School Is Most Important for College Applications?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 15, 2018 6:34:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

To figure out which year of high school academics is the most important, it helps to think of high school as a marathon.

In order to win a marathon, of course you have to run the whole time – if you stop running, then lots of other people will pass you. But because you’re human, when you’re running a marathon, you can’t really run at the same speed the whole timed. Instead, you learn to pace yourself early on, and then really bust out your best sprint when it counts – at the finish line.

So which part of high school is that all-out sprinting finish line? Read on for our answer.

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College GPA Requirements: What Do You Need to Get In?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Aug 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

As a high school student, you may be wondering if your GPA is high enough to meet the admission standards at your college of choice. Not every college has specific GPA requirements, but it's possible to estimate a cutoff for admission based on statistics from previous classes. In this article, I'll explain how GPA requirements for colleges work and give you the tools to figure out exactly how high your GPA should be to apply successfully to your dream college. 

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How to Get a 5.0 GPA: Expert Guide

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Aug 9, 2018 6:34:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

 In the increasingly competitive atmosphere of high school, you may be wondering how you can best all your classmates with a 5.0 GPA. It's a lofty goal, to be sure. In this article, we'll discuss why that goal is often impossible, or at least impractical, to meet, ways in which it may be possible to earn a 5.0, and what's really more important than a 5.0 GPA.

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Complete List of High School Electives

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 9, 2018 6:32:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Are you thinking about high school electives and wondering what your options are? Unlike required courses, electives are classes you choose based on your interests. Most high schools offer electives that cover a wide variety of topics, so you're sure to find some that interest you!

This list was created by compiling the elective options from numerous high schools across the country. A variety of schools were used including public, private, large and small schools in order to create a complete list of high school electives.

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The High School Science Classes You Should Take

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Aug 9, 2018 6:24:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Which science classes will you be required to take in high school, and what will you learn in them?  Which science subjects will colleges expect you to have studied, and how can you impress them by exceeding expectations?

Read this guide to learn about standard science curriculum, AP and IB science courses, college expectations, and ways you can exceed those expectations and use your high school science classes to strengthen your transcript.

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What Is GPA? What Does GPA Mean?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jul 4, 2018 6:32:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Many students get very hung up on GPA in high school - is it high enough? Will it pass muster in college admissions? What does your GPA even mean?

In this article, I’ll go through what GPA is, what GPA means, and how it can help or hurt you in the college admissions process.

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4 Strategies to Raise Your GPA in High School Fast

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

It can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you’re in the latter half of high school already. With your previous grades working against you, you’ll have to put in even more effort to overcome lower averages.

However, there are some measures you can take to have a better chance of raising your GPA quickly and effectively. In this article, I’ll give you different strategies that may help you raise your GPA even if you don’t have much time left in high school.

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What's an Unweighted GPA? How to Calculate It

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 11, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Many high schools record your academic performance using unweighted GPA. But what does your unweighted GPA mean in the eyes of colleges? And how can you calculate it yourself? In this article, I’ll tell you what an unweighted GPA is, how to interpret it, and how to calculate it based on your letter grades.

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What's a Weighted GPA? How to Calculate It

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 9, 2018 10:45:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Your weighted GPA in high school tells colleges a lot about your ability to take on academic challenges. In this article, I’ll go through a basic description of what a weighted GPA is, why it matters for you, and how you can calculate your own weighted GPA if your school uses this type of scale.

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How GPA Conversion Works, With Charts

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 5, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Because final class grades are usually given either as letters (A-, B+, etc.) or as percentiles (87, 92, and so on), you might be a little stuck on how to convert them into the decimals used to calculate GPA. No worries - this article is here to help! Keep reading to see how to translate all your grades into GPA-ready numbers.

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What Is a High School Equivalency Diploma? How to Get Yours

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jun 2, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

If you dropped out of high school or are considering dropping out, there are other ways to earn credentials that are considered equal to a high school diploma. A High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) is one option that you might consider as an alternative to a GED or traditional high school diploma.

I'll give you the details on what a High School Equivalency Diploma is, how you can get one, and how to decide if it's the right choice for your situation. 

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What Does a Rigorous High School Course Load Look Like?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Chances are, you've heard the phrase "rigorous course load" before. You probably even know that this is something colleges really look for in applications for admission.

So how can you ensure that your high school course load is rigorous or challenging enough? How do you balance this with getting a good GPA? How do you balance the need for rigor with your limitations, extracurricular interests, family and friends, and desire to not overwhelm yourself?

Read on for our advice on choosing between harder classes and more classes, and harder classes and better grades. We also go over how many AP classes and electives you should take.

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