Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3416 8th Grade Preparing for High School Make sure your eighth grader is on the path to college. Sometimes when an eighth grade student takes an advanced course, such as Algebra I, credit is given and the grades are included in the student’s high schoolGPA. Asageneralrule,however,thegradesreceivedintheeighthgrade are not used in computing a student’s GPA, nor do they appear on a student’s high school transcript. The eighth grade, nevertheless, is an important year for the following reasons. u The grades earned in the eighth grade are often used to determine ninth grade course placement. For example, a student may need an A or B in eighth grade math in order to take Algebra I as a freshman. u Students who develop good study skills in middle school are much better prepared for high school. u Eighth grade students usually select their freshman courses in the spring. Spring is also a good time for you and your child to develop a four-year high school plan. It’s important that your child start high school taking courses that put him/her on the path to college. u Students involved in activities have greater academic success—and they usually like school more. Also, colleges look for students who are active and involved in their school and community. With these things in mind, help your child choose some high school activities he/she might enjoy. In this section, you will find information to guide and advise your child at each grade level. If you have a question or concern, contact your child’s counselor. Part IV High School Year By Year