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Getting Ahead Before High School

High school is all about endurance and management – no longer can you coast by. With competition for high-demand courses and tuition fees in colleges rising, and consequently scholarships becoming more and more of a necessity, it’s time to face the facts: you’ll need to do well in high school to get the college admission you want and scholarship you need.

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Make the best grades you possibly can in your 7th and 8th grade years. Many students think that it isn’t important to start doing your best until your first year in high school, but this is far from the truth. If you want to start off your freshman year with Honors classes, you have to make As (or high Bs) in your 8th grade year; otherwise you likely won’t get accepted into these competitive, impressive, and highly sought after Honors classes.

Every school is a bit different. Some schools require tests to be admitted to Honors classes, some take students based on teacher recommendation, while others will put you in whatever classes you feel like taking. To make sure you can start out high school ahead of the curve, it’s best to impressive during your years in junior high, too.

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