Increase High School GPA

From high school honors and AP to middle school foreign language and high school counselors, a 4.0 and/or 5.0 high school GPA scale means more than just earning grades and working hard. Parents and students can benefit greatly from knowing about a few ways to greatly maximize high school and college admissions Grade Point Averages.

Take Foreign Language Classes in Middle School

Most middle schools offer foreign language classes as electives. Taking two years of language in middle school can count for at least one year of high school credit and it will eliminate one more 4 point graded course.

Take Honors and AP Classes

Honors and AP classes usually academically weigh students on a 5 point scale instead of a 4 point scale. An A can earn a student a 5.0, a B a 4.0, and a C a 3.0. These courses give students a chance to push their overall Grade Point Average above a 4.0.

Go Far in Middle School

Taking the most advanced courses in middle school will allow students to enroll in Honors and AP classes in high school. If a middle school, for example, offers geometry as its highest level of mathematics, students should attempt to take geometry before they graduate from middle school.

Take High School Competency Tests Seriously

Many high schools give middle schools competency tests to administer to students to determine which high school classes students should be placed in. Students should take such tests seriously so they can be placed in the most advanced courses possible.

Eliminate Non-Academic Electives

Elective classes that do not allow a student to earn a 5.0 will bring down a student's overall GPA, even if the student earns all A's. Replacing as many of these courses with academic classes weighted on a 5 point scale would be ideal.

Take 4.0 Classes Freshman and Senior Year

Many colleges and universities only focus on a student's middle two years, sophomore and junior year. The colleges will recalculate a student's admission GPA based on the classes taken during this time period. Taking as many 5 point courses during the middle two years of high school, and taking as many 4 point courses during the first and last year of high school, can improve a student's college admission GPA. These 4 point courses might include P.E., band, computer graphics, foreign language, art, and woodshop.

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Balanced Course-load

High school can be overwhelming and earning a high GPA definitely will be. Students should try to balance their classes by taking an even amount of courses each term and not taking all the challenging classes at once. Students should mix academic classes with more enjoyable classes if possible, like taking photography along with AP calculus. Students should also not allow for there to be a period when they take very many courses one term and very few courses another term. Keeping a steady pace and not being too overwhelmed will benefit the student in the long run.

Confront the High School Counselor

Some high school counselors manage hundreds of student schedules each term and students should not rely on their counselors to always setup the most ideal and functional class schedule. Parents and students should not be afraid to counter their counselor's suggestions if the schedule interferes with the student's overall plans or if the student feels the schedule will be too difficult or detrimental to the student's GPA.

Make School a Priority

Of course, success and hard work falls on the efforts of the student, and unfortunately, corresponds with the socioeconomic opportunities afforded. Students, Parents, and the community must work together to encourage and safeguard academic success.

What Can I Do to Raise My GPA in High School Now?

If you're already a freshman, sophomore, or junior and your GPA falls below a 4.0 or a 3.0, you can still take action now to push it back up!

1. Rewrite history.

If you failed any classes, see if you can retake those for a better grade and cancel out your previous grade.

2. You need to put school on the top of your To-Do List.

If that means cutting out some extra curricular activities, dropping that part-time job you got, playing less video games... you need suck it up. Your girlfriend will understand.

3. Get rid of the classes you can't handle.

If you're taking honors and AP classes and you find you can't get a B or better, it might be time to move back into college prep.

4. Reduce the stress and the load.

If you know you're not doing well in a particular subject (math, science, art, etc), and you don't need them, stop taking those types of courses. Just concentrate on the ones you enjoy or can do well in.

5. Focus on your graduation requirements.

Are you taking more classes than you need to graduate? If you can take less classes, do so, and focus more time on the ones you need to get A's and B's in.

6. Get help.

Stay after school, meet with your teachers, find a tutor, consult your counselor, get your parents involved, find friends who can help you do better. No one succeeds alone, but it will be on you if you fail. Get connected with the right people who can help you do better and improve your grades.

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taytrillz 8 years ago

Being in highschool is very tough and people can distract you easily, but it is best to stay on task, and focus.

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thegecko 8 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Well said :)

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elf_cash 7 years ago

Good information, probably summed up best in the last heading of "make school a priority". If students followed that one piece of advice and did nothing else they would be well on their way.

Allison 6 years ago

This makes me angry. Like, who is going to achieve that perfect, 4.0 mold. Academics aren't all there is to life. I'm not going to eliminate all other activities in my life to focus on school. School is not my priority. Because I don't fit that mold. I know very few who do. I happen to be a kick ass writer, but guess what, I'm failing algebra II. Gawd, my two friends both got into the same college. It's a pretty hard college to get into, it's an acting college. One took 4 AP classes, the other didn't take any. If I wanted to focus on school, and do what this advised me, I shouldn't take theatre classes every year. I should take something that will let me get a higher GPA. Screw everyone who thinks that everyone has to fit into that perfect, cookie cutter, mold. :))

ben- USNA 6 years ago

well allison u have to understand that this page isn't for students like you. their for students who want to be in very hard and competitive jobs like CEOs. Or in my case, want to get into a great college they've been dreaming of since they've been 10. I'm not even a freshmen yet but im planning ahead so tht i can maintain good grades when i am. I want to focus on school for the next 8 years so that i can get into the naval academy and then graduate from it and then after the navy start a company with my brother (aeronautical engineer), my cousin (hydraulics engineer), and me (degrees in economics, engineering, all the stuff the USNA requires you to learn). this is for people like me, with goals that are hard to accomplish and need near perfect grades

ben- USNA 6 years ago

i forgot to write what company i want to start that ties in with the navy, it's weaponry for the government. Morsecode Weaponry, look it up in a few years

Cheerstar94 6 years ago

I'm a high school junior and my GPA is a 2.43. I need to know how much I need to increase my grades to go to a 4 year college. Anyone no?

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thegecko 6 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Hi Cheerstar94!

That is a complicated question. First, it would depend on which college you plan on going to. Then, the following will most likely factor in:

-SAT/ACT scores

-Extra curricular activities (sports, clubs, volunteering, etc)

-Socioeconomic background (where you grew up, did your parents go to college, are you a first gen immigrant etc)

You should also take into consideration that your high school GPA will not be the same GPA colleges and universities look at. Most colleges only factor in your GPA from your sophomore and junior year and might exclude elective courses and PE. You'll still need to pass all the college prerequisite courses as well.

Best bet is too meet with your high school counselor right away with a few universities and colleges in mind and they should be able to give you a better idea of a safe zone for your GPA.

Good luck!

Mary225 5 years ago

I'm a sophomore in high school and I have a 2.9 un-weighed gpa. I'm currently super depressed regarding my grades. Is there any possible way (with me taking extra courses on the summer plus during school) to get valedictorian? Or does taking more courses not bring up your gpa? Thank you.

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thegecko 5 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Hi Mary,

That would really depend on what your school factors into choosing a valedictorian. If they base it purely on GPA, unless everyone else is doing poorly, I would say you're out of the race. Most valedictorians already have above a 4.0 once they reach sophomore year.

Now, some high schools factor in club membership, athletics, and other school participation as well. I would speak with your guidance counselor about it if you really want to know.

That being said - remember to focus on your long term goals. You don't need to be valedictorian to get into a great college or into your dream career.

Taking extra courses does not necessarily bring your GPA up. Getting into 5.0 weighted courses and earning A's in all of those courses that semester will.

For example, you're better off taking 4 5.0 weighted courses and getting all A's in those, then taking 7 5.0 weighted courses and getting all B's, or even half A's and half B's. Most schools adjust GPA by quarter or semester, so you just want to concentrate on making each semester schedule you take doable.

Quality over quantity :)

Just make sure you're taking the courses you need to graduate, the courses required to get into the college you want to enter, and the courses required for the possible college majors you might choose. Do the best you can in those courses, especially sophomore and junior year - those 2 years count the most when you apply to college.

Do the best you can with what you can handle without jumping over the edge and you'll be fine. You might not be able to be valedictorian, but you can still get close to a 4.0 and move on to college.

Once in college, who cares? Your GPA resets anyway! And who knows, maybe you'll be valedictorian of your college graduating class instead ;)

Mary 5 years ago

I appreciate it very much! You have no idea, I cry all the time thinking I'll just end up in some crappy college. God Bless!

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thegecko 5 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

No problem Mary!

Remember, you get second chances. Even if you don't get into the college you want straight out of high school, you can transfer to a better college later. Even if you go the community or junior college route first (which is cheaper anyway), you can still transfer to a 4 year university after you finish your lower division units.

Your final degree will be from the institution you graduate from, not the one you start with. Transfer requirements are usually less competitive then ones straight out of high school as well.

So just do your best and try not to stress too much about it :)

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magkouin 5 years ago

Very important and interesting article!

dylan dorazio 5 years ago

hey BEN- USNA i completely agree ! tell me more about that Morsecode Weaponry thing.

roma 5 years ago

Can you take an AP Calculus class more than once even if you haven't failed it, but to get a better grade and a higher class rank?

sharapie 5 years ago

i have a 3.11 unweighted gpa right now as a junior. this really scares me. i dont know what to do to make it better. this quarter i did really well so if i keep it up will my gpa improve a lot or only a little?

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thegecko 5 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

roma: Most high schools will not let you retake a class unless you failed it originally. I want to say no, but it really depends on the school.

sharapie: if you keep earning A's, your GPA will definitely go up. Try to take more honors and AP classes the second half of the year. Anything above a 3.1 will raise your GPA at this point, and many of the honors and AP classes will get you a 4.0 for a B and a 5.0 for an A. If you can work hard to earn those grades, you have some room for improvement :)

Senior year won't help you much in terms of college admissions and improving your GPA.

Your next best bet is focusing on the standardized tests - SAT, SAT II, and ACT. If you can study for these tests and earn really high scores, your lower GPA will not hurt you as much.

Also, if you will be applying to colleges that look at extra-curricular activities, factor in demographics and socio-economic backgrounds, etc you'll probably have a better chance if you can earn points in these areas.

dwilso 5 years ago

I'm currently a junior,and I've maintained straight a's throughout high school, but three unnecessary classes drip my GPA to the point where i'm merely 19th in my class. I managed a 29 on the act, and plan to retake. I'm joining the team, i'm on the quizbowl team, a well as key club, and will soon join national honor society. will it matter in the long run?

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The football team*

Kvar 5 years ago

I am a freshman and lets say that my gpa is around a 2.5-2.7 at the end of the year. How hard would it be to raise my gpa all the way up to a 3.0-3.3? Oh and also i play soccer and am pretty good at it and should make the varsity team, Does that help which colleges might choose me?

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thegecko 5 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

dwilso: 19th in your class? You're still doing very well! And those extra curricular activities can definitely help with a number of universities. I would take the SAT and the SAT IIs possible as well, just to be on the safe side and give you a few more options. Unless you're GPA is under a 3.5, I don't see you really needing to worry too much :)

Kvar: You have plenty of time to get your GPA up to a 3.3... even a 4.0. And remember, colleges usually only factor in your sophmore and junior grades. Playing soccer will also help get you into some colleges. Just work hard in class and you'll be fine :)

destiny 4 years ago

I wanted to put this out there but not everyone can get into honors even if they want to my advise would be do your best,stay postive and don't push yourself to hard. Don't burn

yourself out, yes your future is relieing on this but if you take it one step at a time, your grades will go up, if your not getting something make sure you ask in class, I can't say that enough your have to ask questions. When typing/texting write in complete sentences and begin reading 2 hours a night, it will increase your ACT scores.

amy 4 years ago

So I am a junior and I had an D in french 1 for my final grade in the class. I made all a's and b's in my other class. What should I do to improve my gpa with that D? and since its french, does colleges look into it a lot?

BDay 4 years ago


I'm in grade 8, just got in high school, and I want to know what grades I need to get into college. I want to be just a simple doctor, not like surgery or anything. I'm in state high school in Brisbane, Queensland so any chance anyone knows anything about these schools and what I should do to get in college please???

mack 4 years ago

hi im in my sophomore year. I have a 3.6 gpa after the first semester, but I had a really bad freshman year and my gpa was very low. what should i do? i dont want to finish high school with a bad gpa.

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thegecko 4 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Just take the classes you can handle, focus on academics, and do your best. Most colleges don't factor in freshman year :)

JasmineGiggles 4 years ago

is there a chance of my gpa getting to a 3.0 if im a junior...btw my gpa 2.75..if so how many honors or ap classes will it take?PLEASE I NEED AN ANSWER ASAP

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thegecko 4 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Definitely! But you're betting off speaking with your counselor to plan the best route senior year to do so :)

fatima 4 years ago

Hi my gpa is a 2.4 because i took government in 10th grde and by the way im a junior , what should i do to raise my gpa? Wold summer classes help

Kenneth 4 years ago

Hey, Um i need a little help. Ok I'm a Sophmmore in highschool my current GPA is a 2.3 and i was wondering what do i NEED to do in order to get it up (3.0 and above) before I graduate HighSchool, and is it even possible i can accomplish that??

tyshawnd4l 4 years ago

Okay, Im a Junior in high school and my gpa is a 2.8. I really want to raise it to atleast a 3.5-4.0 by the time I finish high school but I know that my senior year won't really matter as much as my sophomore and junior year.I currently have enough credits to graduate my junior year. This is very stressful and I need some suggestions so what should I do????

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thegecko 4 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Hi tyshawnd4l,

That really depends on your overall goal. Do you plan to go to college? What type of college? What are the college's expectations for applicants?

Dayna 4 years ago

Hello, all this information is truly helpful but I have a question well I just finished my sophomore year and I'm going into my junior year I have a gpa of 2.9 and I don't know what I can do to get it higher I'm looking for atleast a 3.5 or if possible more and I am taking an ap class, foreign language, and am in a few clubs what else can I do?

Manny Flores 4 years ago

I have gpa 3.0 I'm in mostly honors and ap classes, I'm did great on freshman year , and not so well in sophomore n junior year , I'm wondering if it is possible if I can bring it up to 3.5-3.6 , next year im taking 2 AP Classes, 4 honor classes , advance PE and health, so basically 8 classes , I'm also in wrestling varsity , fbla, key club, French club... I'm wondering I can go to a 4 year college with my requirements and also I'm about to be the first to go to college in my family n I'm Hispanic....

Emily 4 years ago

I'm a freshman in high school have have pretty much all As and higher except for one nasty little C (77) from geometry this year. All the other classes I am taking are also honors (highest level) except for the electives I have to take as requirements (art, music, gym, cooking) I feel terrible and literally cried in front of my guidance counselor after I took the final. I really tried my hardest this year even though I know I made a lot of mistakes in that class and did not try to save my self as I saw my doom coming, I kind of gave up on myself. I know that this has really thought me a lesson and despite anything I will not let myself down again or even try to slip into the Bs for any of my classes in the next three years of high school. I was wondering do you think that this kills any chances of me getting into very selective schools even if I plan to take AP and honors classes for the next three years?

Emily 4 years ago

Its the same Emily as above but I also forgot to include that I will have a 3.8-3.9 gpa for this year.

Thank you.

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thegecko 4 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Hi Emily!

Some colleges (especially private universities) can be forgiving and most do not weigh your freshman or senior year too heavily. They know people make mistakes starting out in high school. I know that when I applied to the UC system (University of California), they didn't even factor in my freshman or senior grades into my applicant GPA.

If you keep doing well in your honors and AP classes, that C in Geometry won't hurt you much. You might not make valedictorian, but you'll definitely still be more than qualified for most of the top universities.

And there's still the SAT, SAT IIs, ACT, extracurricular activities, background profile, etc that all can work in your favor.

Take some advice from someone who took practically every AP course offered at my high school and finished 5th in my class... if I had to go back and do it over again, I would have taken less AP classes and reduced the stress. Junior year was one of the most agonizing years of my life.

My GPA was so inflated when I graduated that I could have gotten into the university of my choosing with way less honors and AP courses. Heck, the UC system only counted the first 8 classes as weighted anyway.

You have to deal with so much when you're a teenager. Balance family, friends, intimate relationships, plus school, hobbies, and other activities. Any one of these can go south and really take a toll on your emotions and the level of stress you must endure.

Work hard, but don't work too hard. In the end, they're just tests, they're just essays. They might seem very important now, but focus on what makes you happy and what will get you were you want to be.

When you're out in the real world, a majority of employers will not ask you what grades you got in college, let alone high school. No one will care whether you got all A's in pre-calc, aced your literary analysis on the authoritarian commentary in '1984,' or won an award for best attendance.

Unless you're planning on becoming a professor and going to graduate school, or joining the elite ranks of the private sector, being the top performing academic all your life won't get you very far.

Out there, people care about results and what you can do for them. Little of what you do in the classroom usually applies to real-life situations. In the real world, you'll have to prove yourself all over again.

It will be the discipline and attitude you develop as a student and a scholar that will help you succeed in life. That defining factor depends more on your personal character than where you go to college. If you're the type of person who strives to succeed and knows how, then you will do well no matter which college you go to, or where you end up.

Just do your best, keep pushing yourself, and try not to stress the small stuff.

And yes, one 'C' every year in an ocean of A's, that's small stuff :)

tina 4 years ago

Im a sophmore with a 3.0 gpa. I,am going into my sophmore year and I would like to be a doctor. How can I raise my GPA to a 4.0 by the end of my senior.year?

tina 4 years ago

Hi this is


I meant to say I am a sophmore going into my junior year.

Paul 4 years ago

I finished my Sophomore year with a 2.7 gpa.I took 2 ap classes not sure how they are weighted.I would like to finish junior year in the range of 3.3 or 3.5 gpa. Would i need straight A's my junior year? I am prepare for the Sats and aiming for a 1800.

samantha 4 years ago

I am a junior with a 1.4 gpa. I am earning A's & B's in my AP courses but have failed math once before and I Have taken that class, but received a D as a final grade. How can I boost my Gpa so that I can get into 4 Year University. Btw, I am in a varsity sport & would like a college scholarship.

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thegecko 4 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Hi Samantha,

You're already 60% in with a 1.4 GPA. It would be very difficult at this point to at least double it. If you do, most of the universities and colleges will focus on your sophomore and junior year, not your senior.

You have a few options...

1. Keep taking AP classes you can kick butt in and earn an A. Make sure you do well on the AP tests too. Then, get a ridiculously high score on the SAT or ACT. That might outweigh your lower grades up until this point. This would be very hard to do, especially if you're playing sports.

2. If you're a great athlete, aim for #1 above, and try to find a college that wants you to continue your sport at their school. You'll still need decent grades, but the colleges that want you to compete for them could make a few exceptions, especially if they're private institutions.

3. Go to community/junior college and start with a clean slate. You can still play sports and you will be able to create a brand new GPA. Then 2 years in, you can transfer to a 4 year university. The university will look at your performance at the community college rather than how well you did in high school. Plus, you won't have to worry so much about the costs and earning a scholarship. In the end, if you transfer to a 4-year institution, you receive your degree from that school and everything works out as you would have hoped. Probably your most realistic option. Also, way less stress, much more cost effective. Being able to avoid the crazy costs of a 4-year institution for the first half is no joke.

Stay positive. Work hard. Good luck :)

Jacob Padley 3 years ago

I am a sophomore I have a 3.95 unweighted GPA I'm currently taking AP World History ( which I got an A in last semester), also taking Algebra 2 Honors and Chemistry Honors ( also got an A last semester). My freshman year I only took 1 honors class (Geometry Honors) which I split with a B first semester and A second semester. I have 100+ service hours, I also play 2 sports Basketball and Cross Country, and I was planning on joining many clubs my junior and senior year. I'm planning on taking more AP/honors classes my junior and senior years, do you think I can make a 4 year collage preferably University of Wisconsin-Madison

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thegecko 3 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

If you're looking to go to a specific university, I recommend speaking to an admissions adviser at that institution. They can give you the most accurate information about current incoming students, their typical grades, high school course work, and extra-curricular activities.

In general though, definitely sounds like you're on the right track :)

Emma 3 years ago

So, I haven't been doing necessarily well in school. My grades have never been up to par to most of my friends and peers. As of right now, I have all of my credits and have not "failed" any of my classes, according to my counselor. Although I have not "failed" any of my classes, I did receive a D letter grade (which still looks really bad on my transcripts) on four subjects in my three years of high school - my first semester of computer programming, my first semester of AP Bio, H Algebra 2A, and my first semester of Trigonometry. I have fixed both grades in math by taking an online course called Aleks and received credit for the subjects so it should be fine (although the grade on my official transcripts will not change). But I am also in a multitude of clubs such as my school's environmental club, kp club (I am the activities coordinator), Asian club (I am the historian), key club, a part of our school’s web magazine, and I am in our school's cultural dance troupe. Right now, with 10-12 more weeks left in my junior year, my cumulative GPA is currently 2.975 and my UC GPA is 2.857.

So, with all that is considered, do you think I am able to get into a UC or CSU? I really don't plan on/ want to go to a community college after high school.

Emma 3 years ago

One more question, if I took classes during summer in a community college, do you think that would boost my gpa?

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thegecko 3 years ago from San Diego, CA Author

Hi Emma,

Woah! Sounds like you're extremely busy!

The short answer to your question is... it's not likely. It would be difficult to get into a UC school with a 2.857. Of course, they use a comprehensive review process, so all those clubs might serve in your favor. Plus, your socioeconomic status could come to play as well. But if it all fell on your GPA, you'd be out of luck.

There's still the your test scores. If you score very high on the SAT and your SAT II's, you'll have a better chance.

At this point, I would speak to admission advisers from the UCs you want to apply to and see what you can do right now to best improve your chances.

It sounds like you're a hard worker, you probably just got too much on your plate. Don't rule community college out as a final option. It will be less of shock, you'll start with a fresh GPA, and you'll find it much easier to transfer to a UC than get in directly from high school.

BritBrat 3 years ago

I'm A Junior With 2.3 And The College I Want To Go To Wants A 3.3 GPA. Is There A Way I Can Boost My GPA To That?

Noelle 3 years ago

Being in high school is tough, but you have to do sports too. One way to reduce stress is by doing a sport you enjoy and do a sport you do very well at. If you are good at track for example: Work very hard at it and try to get letters and those type of things. College doesn't just look at grades. Not many people can get straight A's throughout highschool and that is okay. If you aren't athletic, then find a good club and try to become an officer. College looks at three main things: SAT scores, grades,sports/clubs. You have to have balance because you still want to enjoy school. You don't want to be overweight because you sit all day studying. That is one big reason why kids become overweight. The parents put too much stress on them and they freak out and just

Emily 13 months ago

I doubt this page is actively checked by the author, but hey this is the same Emily from 3 years ago crying over her geometry grade, and who has just finished her first semester at Harvard University! Thus, let this serve as a reminder for anybody reading this page and despairing anything really is possible. Cheers!

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thegecko 13 months ago from San Diego, CA Author

Wow Emily, great news! Congrats and thanks for returning to share some encouragement. Happy New Year :-) 11 months ago

Hi im a current sophmore with a 1.4gpa is there a way that i can raise it enought by my senior year, please help

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thegecko 11 months ago from San Diego, CA Author

The best advice I can give you is to have a serious discussion with your school counselors and parents. Go over the options you have. Which classes can you retake that could earn you a better grade and raise your GPA? What assignments could you make-up?

In the end, it comes down to creating a path where you will be most successful. That might mean taking easier courses. That might mean taking less courses per term and being less overwhelmed. You might need to cut extra-curricular activities to reduce the amount of stress. You might need tutoring outside of class.

If your ultimate goal is to raise your GPA and make sure you graduate, don't let people pressure you. If you know you couldn't handle a certain course load, if you know there are real factors in your life preventing from doing well with a particular schedule, at a certain level, you need to fight for yourself. You need to show humility, be realistic, and make sure you take on a schedule that will give you the best chance to earn the highest grade possible in each of your classes.

Don't buy into the idea that you have to have a 4.0 or above to succeed either. If you take classes where you're actually learning skills and knowledge that you will retain, classes that you know you can pass and will allow you to graduate from high school, you'll always have options. Plenty of people graduate with a GPA between 2.0-3.0 and go on to attend four year colleges/universities. Many start at community college, take the courses seriously, and prove that they can handle undergraduate studies.

I've known quite a few people that barely got a 3.0 in high school, didn't even earn a 900 on their SATs (back when it was on a 1600 scale), but ended up graduating with honors at a state university. One even went to Berkeley :)

Just ignore all the bullshit about what you should do. Do what you can do and cut out all the extra distractions and stress. If you go to community college, your high school GPA won't matter anymore. If you graduate from college, your GPA usually won't matter much over the course of your life either (unless you plan to go to graduate school).

They really drill into students that they must be at the top of their class in high school to make it. It's just not true. Surviving the process is more important. So just hang in there and do what you got to do to graduate.

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