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Your 8th Grade Year–Getting Ready for High School

Most kids think that they really don’t have to try and earn good grades until they get to high school. They think nothing counts anyway so why try? That simply isn’t the case. The courses you take in middle school can set you up for success in high school. You need to be ready for high school math. How can you be ready for high school math if you have no foundation in middle school? You should really be taking algebra I in the 8th grade to really be ready for the rigor of high school math. Usually when you take an advanced course in the 8th grade like algebra I, you earn high school credit and that grade and course appear on the high school transcript.

Even though the grades you earn in middle school don’t “count” on your high school transcript, the grades you earn will most likely determine which classes you will take in the 9th grade. Don’t be left behind before you even start high school because you didn’t get good grades in middle school.

Students who develop good study habits in middle school generally do better in high school because they are simply better prepared. Completing homework on time and developing good study habits will put you that much further ahead of your classmates who think it isn’t important yet.

Eighth grade students generally chose their courses in the spring. Since your high school courses become part of you transcripts, you will want to carefully select these courses with you parents. This is a great time to develop your high school plan.

Activities are a great way to become involved in high school and studies show that students involved in activities are more successful academically and enjoy high school more. College and scholarship committees also like to see students who are well-rounded and involved. With this in mind, identify some sports, clubs or church organizations in which you would like to become involved.

Don’t take middle school off thinking it doesn’t matter. It DOES matter and you will set yourself up for success or failure with the choices you make now!

© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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