We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


LEARN

Weighted vs. UnWeighted Grades 

We often think of grades in 2 ways: good and bad. 

But, there are two types of grades that we are going to talk about here: weighted and unweighted.

An unweighted grade is the grade that is earned for a class on its merits. Your student does most of his/her homework and get decent test grades, and they earn a B. That grade is determined by the scale associated with the teacher’s or the school’s grading system.

A weighted grade, on the other hand, is when a grade is given more heft or value because the course being taken is tougher than a typical high school course. This might be the case for an honors or Advanced Placement (AP) class because the coursework and requirements are more difficult. Consequently, the grades are adjusted to reward strong effort. If your student takes one of these weighted courses and earns a C, it would count as a weighted B on their grade point average. Pretty slick, right?

Have you heard of one of your student’s friends earn an above-perfect GPA? It is likely because they took many of these honors or AP level courses and earned and A, which counts as a 5.0 on a 4.0 scale and can boost a GPA by leaps and bounds.

Just because your student can potentially earn a B for C level work doesn’t mean that every student should rush for weighted courses. First, the content is much more difficult and the homework load is significantly higher, not to mention the course typically moves faster.

If your student does take the weighted course and earns a C, it counts as a B. However, if the student took a regular course and earned an A, that would have been even better. 

The outcome wanted from any course is the most challenging content with the greatest level of success.


DO

IDEntify A Weighted Course

As a family, talk to your student’s counselor inquire about weighted courses that he/she can do well in. 

Maybe it’s not math, science or English.  It might not even be during freshman year. 

But with time and electives like Honors Accounting, engineering courses like Project Lead the Way, or AP Music Theory, among others, your student will likely have the chance to take a challenging course in which they can find success.


TIP #1

Has your son or daughter finished picking classes for next year?  Help them think through their 4-year plan.  During high school, it’s quite common for the 4-year plan to change a bit.  But it’s always best to start a journey with a destination in mind! 

TIP #2

To take or not to take…foreign language.  Most high schools offer multiple language options (Spanish, Mandarin, German, French, Latin, Japanese, American Sign Language…to name a few).  Is it imperative for your student to take one?  Likely, yes.  Taking 2 years of the same foreign language will make sure they your student will meet all possible college entrance requirements.  


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