16 8th Grade Prepare for High School Now is the time to start planning and preparing for 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 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 usually like school more. Also, colleges seek students who are active and involved in their school and community. With these things in mind, identify some high school activities that you 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 on what you need to do each year to prepare for college. Whenever you have a question or concern, contact your counselor. Part IV High School Year By Year