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How to Transfer High Schools: A Complete Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 28, 2016 7:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Are you transferring high schools or will be transferring soon? Are you wondering how this will affect your high school transcripts, when you'll graduate, and how schools view your college applications? Then this guide is for you!

Read on to learn how to transfer high schools, what it means for your future, and the steps you can take in order to make this process as smooth and easy as possible.

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Can I Get an Accredited High School Diploma Online?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 9, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Are you looking into online high schools and wondering if they’re legitimate? Have you come across the word “accredited” and want to know what it means? Online high schools have been exploding in popularity in recent years, and, as more are created, it can be difficult to tell which are legitimate schools and which are little more than diploma mills.

Read this guide to learn more about online high schools, what it means for a school to be accredited, where to get an accredited high school diploma online, and how to ensure that you are choosing the best school for you.

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What Is Summer School? Guide for High School Students

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 25, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

When you think of how you want to spend your summer vacation, sitting in a classroom is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, summer school can be a great way for you to get ahead in high school and give yourself an advantage in college admissions. 

These days students with all kinds of grades take summer classes. You might take summer school to understand a particular subject better, to free up more time in your schedule during the school year, or to take an advanced class at your high school, nearby college, or online.

Read this complete guide on summer school for high school students to learn everything you need to know about what summer school is, why people take it, and how you can use it to get ahead.

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Taking Community College Classes in High School: A Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you a high school student who is interested in taking classes at a community college? Community college classes can be a great way for high school students to take more challenging courses and prepare for college.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about community college classes for high school students: the benefits of taking community college classes in high school, when to take them, and how you can start getting enrolled.

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Is Online High School Right for You? 3 Steps to Deciding

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Have you heard of online high schools and are wondering if they’re a good option for you? Are you unsure whether they’re a flexible way to get a high school diploma or just an internet scam?

Read this guide to learn what an online high school is, what the pros and cons of attending one are, and how to decide if enrolling in a virtual high school is the right decision for you.

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How to Get a 4.0 GPA and Better Grades, By a Harvard Alum

Posted by Allen Cheng | Dec 12, 2015 9:20:00 AM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

On the 4.0 scale, an unweighted 4.0 GPA means perfection. You need straight A’s in every class – not even one A- is allowed. In college applications, this carries a lot of weight – you’re essentially telling the college, “high school classes are a cinch. I’ve taken a tough courseload, and I’m more than prepared for what college has to throw at me.”

In high school, I got a 4.0 GPA with a courseload featuring 10 AP courses. I got straight A’s and 12 A+’s. This strong courseload, along with a strong application, got me into Harvard and every college I applied to.

While it's flattering to say, "well, Allen's just a smart guy," in reality I relied a lot more on high level strategy and strong academic habits. These were the same strategies I applied to my undergraduate work at Harvard and led me to graduate with a 3.95 GPA and summa cum laude. This is the guide I wish I had in freshman year of high school.

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How to Start Paying Students for Good Grades Effectively

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 11, 2015 8:00:00 PM

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 11, 2015 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 Should You Do If You Go to a Bad High School?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 10, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

The quality of education at different high schools can vary widely, sometimes to the detriment of students. If you go to a school that doesn’t offer the programs and level of instruction that you would like, you might feel frustrated and worried about getting into college.

In this article, I’ll give you some of the characteristics of a “bad” high school and tell you what steps you can take to improve your educational experience and college applications despite these disadvantages.

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Which High School Classes Do Ivy League Schools Require?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

College admissions can seem like a giant puzzle, especially if you’re hoping to attend an Ivy League or other extremely selective school. Planning your high school schedule carefully is definitely important, but these schools' expectations aren’t as inflexible as you might think. In this article, I’ll provide a concise overview of what Ivy League admission requirements are for high school transcripts and give you some tips on how to map out your classes so you have the best shot at being accepted.

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

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 5, 2015 6:00:00 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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What Is a Valedictorian? Defining High School's Top Honor

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 4, 2015 4:00:00 PM

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 High School Exit Exam? How Do You Pass?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 4, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Many states use high school exit exams as a means of maintaining graduation standards across public high schools. In these states, exit exams are required for all public school students, and you must pass them to earn your high school diploma. It may sound scary, but they're really not all that bad. In this article, I'll go into detail on what exit exams are, what they're like, and how to make sure you pass!  

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

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 3, 2015 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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What Is a GED? Should You Get One?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Dec 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM

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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