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What Is the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | May 5, 2019 11:11:00 AM

Advanced Placement (AP), Coursework/GPA

For students looking for a more challenging high school experience or for a chance to earn college credit, many high schools offer advanced college-level programs. The newest one of these is the Cambridge AICE, an international diploma program created via the University of Cambridge in England.

Curious about whether this program is right for you? In this article, I'll explain the AICE approach, the coursework necessary to get the diploma, and how it compares to AP and IB classes.

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AICE Diploma: What Is It? Should You Get One?

Posted by Vero Lecocq | May 5, 2019 10:05:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

There are several options for students who wish to accelerate to college-level learning during their high school years. Besides AP classes and the IB program, there's the AICE Diploma.

If you're not very familiar with the AICE program, never fearthis article will bring you up to speed. Here, we'll cover what the diploma is and how you can get it as well as the benefits of pursuing this program (including scholarships and college credit).

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The High School Math Courses You Should Take

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Mar 17, 2019 6:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Choosing which math classes to study can be one of the most challenging parts of planning your high school schedule. High schools offer numerous math classes, often at varying degrees of difficulty, and it can be difficult to know which math classes will be the best for you and your future.

Read this guide to learn about standard high school math curriculum, AP and IB math courses, which math classes colleges expect you to have taken, and ways to exceed those expectations.

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(Updated Guide) Weighted GPA Calculator

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Mar 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Most likely, during high school you've taken a mix of classes: some honors, some standard, and some APs. The weighted GPA reflects that those classes have different difficulty levels. So what's the easiest way to figure out what your weighted GPA is? We have two great methods to calculate it!

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What's the Average College GPA? By Major?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 6, 2019 5:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

If you’re still in high school, you might be curious about how college GPAs work and what you can expect for grades given your major of choice. Just like high schools, colleges vary in how they calculate GPA. Grade inflation also significantly affects college GPA at most schools, causing many students to end up with higher GPAs in college than they had in high school.

In this article, I’ll give you the facts about average GPAs at different types of colleges and within a variety of college majors.

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What Should You Do If You Have a B Average GPA?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:13:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

 

It's important to be aware of the constraints your grades in high school might place on you in the college application process. If you have a B average, you're doing fairly well, but you might consider making some changes to your academic strategies to have a better shot at reaching your goals.

In this article, I'll go over what a B average is and what you should do if you have one depending on where you are in your high school career. 

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What Is the Common Core? A Straightforward Guide

Posted by Halle Edwards | Nov 4, 2018 11:11:00 AM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

Have you heard about the Common Core? Are you asking, "what is the Common Core, exactly?" Don't worry. This post will explain what the Common Core is, why it was adopted, and how it could affect you as a student.

Why should you care? The Common Core has driven some pretty major changes to big-name standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, as well as curriculum changes within schools. So read on to discover what you’re being tested on and why! 

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What Is a Valedictorian? Defining High School's Top Honor

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:10:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

High school academics can be very competitive for driven students who hope to earn the coveted title of valedictorian. But how exactly do high schools choose valedictorians? Does the title mean anything for college applications? In this article, I’ll give you the details on what it means to be a valedictorian, how valedictorians are chosen, and whether this is a critical factor in the college admissions process.  

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What Is a GED? Should You Get One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 11:09:00 AM

Other High School, Coursework/GPA

If you don't have a traditional high school diploma, you can still earn an equivalent credential by getting your GED. But what is a GED?  Basically, it's a credential that can subsitute for a high school diploma.  Since most employers (and all colleges) will require you to have graduated from high school, it's usually a good idea to get a GED if you don't complete high school. Doing so helps to ensure that you'll have access to more opportunities later in life.

In this article, I'll go through what GED stands for, the advantages this credential can give you, and how to get your GED.

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What Is a High School Transcript? How Do You Use Yours?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 4, 2018 11:09:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

You've probably heard of high school transcripts, but do you know what information they contain and why they're so important for applying to college?

This guide will explain what a high school transcript is, what exactly it includes, and why it is often the most important part of your college application.

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What Are College Prep Courses and Classes?

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:08:00 AM

Coursework/GPA


 

College prep is a confusing term because it can refer to three different things!

Sometimes, calling something a college prep class is just a way to differentiate it from remedial classes on the one hand, and honors/AP classes on the other. Other times, college prep is a way of describing a bunch of government or private programs that are designed to increase access to college for those who would ordinarily be unlikely to go. And finally, college prep is a short name for high schools that place an overwhelming emphasis on getting their students into college.

But don’t worry. Whether you want to read about standard high school classes, learn about programs that will make college easier, or are curious about public and private high schools that really stress college admission, you've come to the right place.

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What Classes Should You Take in High School? Expert Advice

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:08:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Figuring out which classes you should take in high school is complicated! Not only do you have to navigate your school’s requirements and college expectations, but you also have to take your own interests, abilities, and life into account. Because there are so many different questions you have to answer and decisions you have to make, it helps to start the planning process early.

We will help you get a big picture perspective of what you are high school classes will look like, and breakdown the details of the various requirements, the kinds of choices you will have to make, and the exciting possibilities you will get to explore! If you're wondering what classes to take in high school, this guide should be a great launching point to figuring out your own personal plan.

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The High School History Classes You Should Take

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

History. Maybe it's written by the victors. Maybe it repeats itself, first as tragedy and second as farce. Or maybe it doesn't repeat, but rhymes. In any case, it's a key part of your high school (and lifelong!) education.

But how should you study it? What classes should you take in high school to satisfy college requirements? What options are there for going above and beyond? And what can you do if you are a history fiend who simply cannot get enough learning about the past?

Read on to learn about high school and college expectations, honors and AP classes, and ways to expand your understanding of other social sciences!

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The High School English Classes You Should Take

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Nov 4, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

It's no secret that colleges want you to take English class each year of high school. But what exactly are you supposed to be learning? What options do you have to exceed expectations and show off your stuff? And what if you're such a book-loving reader that in the dictionary under "bibliophile" there's a picture of you - how can you really max out your high school English experience?

Read on to learn about the common core, honors and AP classes, and going beyond what the standard curriculum offers!

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How to Start Paying Students for Good Grades Effectively

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Nov 4, 2018 10:53:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

 

Paying students for good grades is a controversial practice, and many would argue that it cheapens the learning experience (pun intended). However, it appears that sometimes monetary incentives can be a positive motivation for struggling students if they are applied wisely. I'll go through some scientific findings on the success of incentive programs in schools and then give you ideas for how you can responsibly implement a reward policy for your student.  

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