With more high school students working during remote school days and others taking late-night shifts leaving them too tired for school, it’s no surprise that high school graduation rates are declining. Read more from Chalkbeat here.
Not everyone has access to AP or IB classes, but colleges want to see students push themselves academically. Read on for other ways to demonstrate academic rigor during high school. Read more from US News here.
How do you feel about the current grading system in high school? Many argue that because grades are based on a teacher’s judgment, they don’t adequately reflect mastery of a school’s standards. Mastery Credits and Mastery Transcripts aim to capture a more accurate snapshot of a students accomplishments.
If you are applying to college (or thinking about applying to college) and are in need of financial aid, you’ll want to complete the Free Application For Federal Student Aid or simply FAFSA. NPR’s Life Kit will tell you how and when to complete the form, guide you through the process of applying for financial aid and tell you what to do when you receive offer letters.
Students want to believe that test scores don’t matter, but in most cases, test scores may be more important than ever as they remain a good indicator of academic ability and fit. Many colleges have made testing *optional* which simply means that students submitting good test scores have an advantage over students who choose not to test. Not all students are able, but if you can take the SAT or ACT and you receive a good score, it may give your application an extra boost. Read more here.
While these tips are from Penn students, they apply to all students starting school this fall. Things to remember: it’s ok if things don’t go as planned, take advantage of all that your school offers, and allow yourself time to adjust to in person learning – it’s been awhile!