Career Pathways and Programs

Grades and Course Election

While good grades are important, learning and rigorous coursework is always the first, most important consideration for all students. The most selective colleges will nearly always expect students to take the strongest course of study available in their high school.  Avoiding a challenging course to “protect” a high GPA will hurt a student in these highly competitive settings. Likewise, avoiding an enriching elective because it is not weighted and lowers one’s “weighted” GPA is equally detrimental, and does little but leave a student intellectually poorer and less capable. Most selective colleges, in fact, ignore weighting and evaluate GPAs and academic records using their own systems.

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