Will the advanced math classes grades that I took in middle school count for college admissions?
Hi, I'm a sophomore. I took advanced math classes in middle school, 8/ Algebra 1 in 7th grade, and Honors geometry in 8th grade. I received a B in 8/Algebra 1, and a C+ semester 1 and B- semester 2 for Honors Geometry. I decided to take normal Algebra 2 instead of honors in 9th grade, where I received an A+ both semesters. I'm currently taking Honors Pre-calculus.
If I'm planning on applying to UC's and other top colleges, will they look at these middle school scores and not want to admit me because they were low grades?
Or do they only focus on the classes I take in high school?
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Short answer: No, they don’t really matter.
Long answer: Whether the courses appear on your transcript or not depends on your high school. Oftentimes any high school credit-bearing courses that you take in middle school go on your transcript as a “pre-HS” course. At my school our transcript contains those courses from 8th grade an on, so (like you) I took Algebra 1 H in 7th grade but that course isn’t on my transcript. As far as I know those courses from middle school don’t actually count even though AOs will be able to see them. Sure they’re not pretty, but those grades if anything show that you have an upward trend in our math grades, which is something colleges will look for. Being double accelerated will also benefit you for top schools. Make sure that you’re also keeping up with top grades in accelerated classes to maintain the same trend. Good luck :)
For my school district, algebra 1 and geometry show up in our high school transcript even if we take them in middle school. I'm not sure if this is the case for your school, but if it is, then having low grades in those classes on your transcript will hurt you. If they are not on your transcript then it won't matter. But these score won't be as important as your scores from high school. Colleges care more about how you've performed in high school. One thing that may hurt you however would be dropping down to normal algebra 2. Colleges like to see that you challenge yourself so that will definitely be seen as a negative.