16 8th Grade Preparing for High School Make sure your eighth grader is on the path to college. As a general rule, the grades received in the eighth grade are not used in computing a student’s GPA, nor do they appear on a student’s high school transcript.* The eighth grade is, nevertheless, an important year for the fol- lowing 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 typically 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. Choose courses that will put your child on the path to college. u Students involved in activities have greater academic success, and they usually like school more. Also, colleges seek 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. * 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 school GPA. This section contains information to help you 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