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Want to Go to College? Start Working on It In Junior High

August 06, 2010

Giving up a dream.  It is one of the saddest things to watch from an educational perspective.  The student who dreams of a college education, the opportunity to play college athletics or participate in college activities, gives up the dream because of decisions he/she made in 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th grades.  Students often think that outstanding musical or athletic ability makes college acceptance a sure thing; however that is not the case.  

College aptitude is determined by the ACT exam that is typically taken in 11th or 12th grades.  It assesses the cumulative knowledge of students, everything that they have learned during their educational career in the areas of language arts, mathematics and science.  Students who have given their best effort in their studies will typically do much better on this exam than students who have not taken their studies seriously.  Colleges establish minimum scores for this exam and do not accept students who do not achieve this standard.  Students who do not consistently complete their homework, participate in class, or take notes will have a difficulty with the ACT exam.  

With our explosion of technological development, it will only become harder to find career opportunities without a college education.  It is our goal to have students be college-ready when they graduate if that is their goal.  However, we need your help in communicating the importance of daily study, completion of homework and active engagement in classroom activities.  These all contribute to student academic growth and ability to achieve goals and dreams following graduation. 

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