I read online that some students ask their guidance counselors to factor middle school courses into their weighted GPA? First, is this true? Second, is this a good option for me?
I am currently ranked 41 out of about 302 students at a moderately competitive public high school. This puts me in about the top 13% of my class of juniors. My goal is to be in the top 10% by college applications in November. Grades for the 2020-21 school year have not been factored in yet, and I think they will help me. However, this may not be enough. If factored in, my middle school grades (all A’s my school doesn’t believe in A pluses) would not be weighted (not honors or AP). So this could bring down my weighted GPA (I’m mostly taking AP classes), but it could help. Do you think I should investigate including middle school grades on my high school transcript?
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Can you share where you read that? I've never heard of this before and I'm just curious what people are saying and would like to read up on it.
To answer your question though, I personally don't think it's worth the time or effort to ask. First, as I said, I've never heard of this before (doesn't mean it isn't a thing though!) and I'd be surprised if your school allowed you to do it. Especially since you're from a competitive high school. Second, there's a reason colleges don't ask for your grades/accomplishments from before high school. It's because they don't mean much to them. In fact, many schools weight your grades from your earlier high school years less than your older years. And some schools don't even consider your freshman year grades at all. Not to mention that most schools also recalculate GPAs according to their own system so it probably wouldn't mean much.
You can investigate whether the school will even allow it and, if they do, you should discuss with them the pros and cons. I think it might reflect poorly if you include them but your counselors might think differently.
I think you should factor them in if they are all A's and B's, but if you have anything lower than that, like more than 1 C, which I don't think you do since you are taking mostly AP classes now, then don't. If you feel that they will help instead of bringing it down, then factor them in.
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