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How many credits do I need to move to the next grade level?

  • 7 credits to be considered a 10th grade student
  • 14 credits to be considered a 11th grade student
  • 21 credits to be considered a 12th grade student
  • Earn at least 5 credits during the last grade (12th) to graduate with 26 credits 

What is a credit transcript or transcript?

The credit transcript or transcript is a record of all the high school classes the student has taken and the number of credits earned.

Why should I take Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) or Advanced Placement (AP) classes?

Advanced Placement classes have a higher “weight” than regular / regular classes. Therefore, these classes can help increase your GPA. In addition, universities view these classes favorably since it is assumed that by taking these classes, you are challenging yourself. Additionally, students who receive a score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam may earn college or advanced placement credit.

Why do I have to go to college?

It is important that you consider preparing for the workforce with more than a high school diploma. Remember that you are going to compete with many other people for a position in a job. Students who are more prepared, whether with a college degree or training certificate, will be viewed more favorably / competitively in the eyes of a business employer.

Why should I participate in extracurricular activities or student groups at school?

Participation in extracurricular activities / groups will help you learn how to work with others and with the community. You will be exposed to new learning experiences, activities, people and situations that will help you grow as a person. Additionally, your college or job application will likely look more favorable if you include that you have participated in extracurricular activities.

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