You must be prepared for success! Here are some key tips for success in high school:
Take advantage of every opportunity to succeed.
Why pay $300-700 per credit hour for Intro to English and Intro to Psychology when you can take those courses for FREE in high school? Speak with your counselor in your sophomore year to find out if your school has a Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment program with a local college. Chicago Public Schools has a Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment program with the City Colleges of Chicago!
The College Board developed Advanced Placement courses years ago to help high school students gain access to a more rigorous curriculum. These courses are college-level and high school students can take them. If they pass the AP Exam with a score of 3 or higher in the state of Illinois, they can receive college credit (you'll have to read the guidelines and speak with your counselor to get the facts).
The secret sauce for merit scholarships includes a good cumulative grade point average (GPA) and good standardized test scores. Not the best standardized test-taker? No problem -- you just have to GRIND! Work hard. Khan Academy has free SAT test prep. Create an account and use it beginning in 9th grade.
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