Advanced Placement (AP)
The advantages of AP: they look strong to colleges looking for qualified students; they ear you an extra point on your weighted GPA; by passing the AP exam you can get 5 college credits, which save you money & time.
Early Assessment Program (EAP)
This assessment is part of your STAR test in 11th grade. It will tell California State universities whether you are prepared for freshman level coursework in English and Math. You will receive your scores on your STAR report for 11th Grade.
This is an online form you will file in your senior year to qualify for financial aid. In addition, your counselors will submit your Cal Grant GPA to the State of California to confirm your eligibility for this money.
From the State of California: Cal Grants are free money guaranteed to any student who demonstrates financial need (qualifying for free or reduced lunch)
A 3.0 GPA or higher qualifies you for $12,000/year through CalGrant A
A 2.0 GPA or higher qualifies you for $5,000/year through CalGrant B
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1
Most colleges look only at the GPA that includes A-G courses for grades 10 & 11 (summer + 10th grade + summer + 11th grade + summer)
If you retake a class, your first set of grades will be replaced.
These are required tests for students applying to four-year colleges or universities. Make sure to take these tests in 11th grade and plan to take them again in senior year. The more you practice, the stronger your scores, so start preparing early.
We offer the PSAT on campus every October. We have fee waivers for juniors. The cost for sophomores is $15. When you take the PSAT, you are assigned a free College Board account to start practicing online on your own.