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 college your goal—and work hard to achieve your goal! 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. As a general rule, however, the grades you receive in the eighth grade are not used in computing your GPA, nor do they appear on your high school transcript. The eighth grade, nevertheless, is an important year for the following reasons. u Thegradesearnedineighthgradeareoftenusedtodetermineninthgrade 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 to develop a four-year high school plan. It’s important that you begin high school taking courses that put you 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, identify some high school activities you might enjoy. This section will tell you what you need to do at each grade level to prepare for college. Whenever you have a question or concern, contact your counselor. Part IV High School Year By Year