30 Jul What is your GPA?
Do you know your child’s Grade Point Average (GPA)?
If your child plans to attend college, it is imperative that you know his/her GPA and class ranking in grades 9 – 12. It can determine whether or not (s)he is admitted into college, is eligible to play college sports, and is considered for various merit-based scholarships.
Surprisingly, it only takes 10 minutes of your time to obtain this information. Every year, you should send an email message to your school counselor and request your child’s GPA and class rank.
The benefits are well worth it. Several universities reward full and partial scholarships to students who maintain a specific GPA and class ranking. If you know these requirements, you can ensure that your child qualifies for these awards. This reduces the cost of his/her college education. Further, some schools automatically admit students that rank in the top 10% percentile of their high school class. This is a great way to eliminate the stress of the admissions process.
If your child is a student athlete, (s)he must maintain a 2.3 GPA in all of his/her core courses (which include Math, Science, Social Studies, and English). If your child fails to maintain this requirement, (s)he will be ineligible to play sports during his/her freshman year.
GPA KEY FACTORS
- Your GPA is the most important factor in determining your admission to college
- Your GPA can determine your eligibility for prestigious scholarships, such as the Gates Millennium Scholarship http://www.gmsp.org/ and the Horatio Alger Association Scholarships www.horatioalger.org
- Your GPA can determine if you will be NCAA eligible
Henry Kopia Keculah Jr.
Executive Director of 4.0 GPA