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  • What is Grade Point Average (GPA) and what does it mean?

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    A student's grade point average is an indication of how well the student is performing in high school. A student's GPA is included on every transcript, and it's one of the first things that colleges look for. GPA is simply the average of a student's semester grades, starting with the freshman year. BCHS uses a 5.0 scale (A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0). Students who have all As have a 5.0 GPA unless they are in Honor's English classes that are weighted. We have "weighted grades" for Honors and AP English courses. For these "weighted courses", students earn one point higher for an A, B, or C (A=6, B=5, C=4). Regardless of the method for calculating GPA, the higher the grades, the higher the GPA will be and the more college opportunities the student will have.
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  • What is Class Rank?

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    High schools use class rank to show where a student stands academically in relation to other members of his/her class. A student who has the highest GPA in the class will be ranked number one, the student with the second highest GPA is number two, etc. Sometimes, we have more than one student with the same GPA. For instance, three people have the highest GPA in their class, therefore, all three of the students will be ranked number one. The person with the fourth highest GPA will then be ranked number four.

    Class rank is usually written as two numbers (e.g., 1/125). The first number represents the student's place in the class and the second number represents the total number of students in the class.

    Many scholarships stipulate that students must be in the top 10% or 20% of their graduating class. Class rank, therefore, can be very important for those students who are applying for scholarships or who are trying to get into highly competitive colleges or programs.
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  • What is a transcript and what kind of information will it provide?

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    A transcript is a document detailing a student's academic achievement in high school. Most transcripts generally include the following information: courses, grades, credits for each semester completed beginning with grade 9, current cumulative GPA and class rank, anticipated date of graduation, and college test scores (PSAT, SAT, ACT). A transcript provides admissions and scholarship committees with important objective data about the student. All colleges and most scholarship programs request that an official transcript be submitted with each application. Unless they're electronically submitted directly from one institution to another, official transcripts must have a signature, stamp or seal verifying their authenticity.

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  • Should a student take the ACT or SAT more than one time?

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    Absolutely. If a student is not happy with their score on the ACT, they should take it again. Students who spend time reviewing and preparing for the test are likely to do better. The ACT is like any other activity you engage in...the more you practice the better you get.
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  • What are the requirements for an athlete to compete at the college level?

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    Playing a sport at the college level takes a great deal of talent, dedication, and commitment. College athletes must also meet specific eligibility requirements.

    Athletes who want to compete at a Division I or II college must have a minimum GPA in all core courses (Math, English, Science, Social Sciences, Foreign Languages) and also have the required ACT score. Before an athlete can play a sport or receive a scholarship at a Division 1 or II college, he/she must meet these NCAA academic requirements.

    Athletes wanting to participate at a NAIA college must meet two of the following three requirements: 1) have the required ACT or SAT score; 2: have an overall 2.0 GPA; 3) graduate in the top half of his/her class.

    There are no academic eligibility requirements for athletes entering junior colleges.
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