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Should I retake high school classes to improve my GPA?

Feeling a bit stressed... I didn’t do too well in a couple of classes last year and it’s dragging my GPA down. Should I consider retaking these classes if my school allows it? Would it look bad to colleges or is boosting my GPA the more important thing here?

7 months ago

I understand how stressful it can be when you're concerned about the impact of past grades on your GPA. Retaking classes can be a strategic move, as it shows that you're committed to improving your academic record and mastering the material. However, some factors to consider include the level of classes (whether they're honors, AP, etc.) and the specific policies of the colleges you're aiming for. Some institutions might only consider the first grade, while others will acknowledge an upward trend.

For example, if the poor grades are in subjects that are critical to your intended college major, it would be beneficial to retake them to demonstrate proficiency in those areas. But if retaking classes means you'll have to sacrifice progression in your education or involvement in meaningful extracurricular activities, you might want to weigh the cost of that trade-off.

Colleges are looking for a consistent upward trajectory in your academic performance, which can also be demonstrated by doing well in more advanced courses this year. In the end, it's about the big picture: colleges will look at your overall academic performance, the rigor of your curriculum, and how you've progressed over time. Improving your GPA is important, but so is showing growth and the ability to handle challenging coursework. Good luck!

7 months ago

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