Grade Point Averages – What Do They Mean?

In Broward County schools, you have four grade point averages and each is important in its own way. Here’s everything you need to know about GPAs. Checking on your student’s GPAs: Every student - and their parents - should be familiar with a student's GPAs. If you go to a Broward County public high school, you can log onto the Virtual Counselor page on the Broward County website to see three of the four GPAs detailed below. In order to set up a parent or student account, you will need the student's ID number which can be found on their report card or administrative documents. Cumulative (Unweighted) Grade Point Average: A 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA is necessary to graduate from a high sc

Rising Seniors: It's College Application Time!

Welcome to your last year of high school! Here are some tips to read before starting your college applications! Cost and scholarships! The “cost of college conversation” is an important one to have with your parents. It will have an impact on where you apply, if loans are required, and allow you to calculate potential debt. It’s important that you are informed prior to applying so that you are targeting feasible universities. Figure out how much each university will cost you! Every university has a net price calculator on their website. This tool allows you to get an estimate of how much your family will pay for each university, based on income. You and your parents should do this together.

Rising Juniors! Now things are getting serious...

Only two more years and you will be headed to college! Here is a list of priorities for this summer to help you prepare for the journey: Grades and classes! Gear up for your junior year and make your grades the best ever! Remember that when you apply to college, universities look at your freshmen through junior grades, and look at the rigor (and eventually grades) of your senior year. Make sure you have chosen the appropriate classes for your junior year, classes in which you will be adequately challenged but will be able to obtain As or Bs. If your academic history is strong and you have yet to take an AP class, junior year is a good time to start. Know that your goal is to obtain an A or a

Rising Sophomores: Continue Working Toward College!

You did it - you made it through your freshman year of high school! Now let's make sure you continue on the path toward college. Here is what you should be focusing on during your sophomore year: GRADES! Now you have a better idea of what it takes to succeed in high school! Learn from your freshman year: hone your study skills, perfect those time management skills, complete all of your homework in a timely manner, and STUDY for those tests. You are building skills that will allow you to succeed in rigorous college level classes. That takes practice and perseverance. Grades and rigor are the most important components of your application!! If your grades weren't stellar freshman year, know tha

Rising Freshmen: A Guide to Having a Strong First Year in High School

The world is your oyster! And yes, freshman year does truly count! Here’s what you should focus on during your freshman year: GRADES!!! Freshman year is all about grades! So is sophomore, junior, and senior year! Why? If you hope to head to college, know that your grades and the rigor of your classes are the most important components of your college application. Make sure to carefully select your classes - they should be challenging but not overwhelming! Tips for getting the best grades: 1) get every assignment in on time; 2) take good notes in class, read the material and STUDY for those tests; 3) start developing good time management skills; 4) don't procrastinate; 5) make your grades your

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