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Parents of the HS Class of 2016 - 3.0 to 3.3 GPA

mamaduckmamaduck Registered User Posts: 672 Member
With a newly minted Junior, I realized it's time we start a discussion for our 2016 3.0 to 3.3 kids.

I was very active in the 2013 thread, and found the support and friendliness to be the best on College Confidential. I hope we can once again build the same sense of community, and help each other get through the stress of SATs, ACTs, class selection, choosing colleges, waiting for decisions, high school social life, and physically packing them off. It was fun for me to go back at the end of the process on the 2013 thread and read through the changes of direction D took!

As a guideline, this is not a chance thread for students. It is for parents of kids roughly in the B to B+ range with any range of test scores. Of course, all parents are welcome, but it is not meant for the top of the line, applying to Ivies sorts of dilemmas. Advice from parents of other years is definitely appreciated!

So, pour another cup of coffee, bookmark this thread, and start posting!
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Replies to: Parents of the HS Class of 2016 - 3.0 to 3.3 GPA

  • dyiu13dyiu13 Registered User Posts: 2,866 Senior Member
    My sophomore will become a junior next week. Ack! I feel like she's now in the chute. It's all turned real and concrete - test prep, grades, etc. While she's an A-student now, her new school for next year will be more rigorous and I'm anticipating the grades will take a hit. Time will tell. Off work today, and thinking about how to set up her summer "home school" schedule so she can build skills. She's awaiting news on a summer job, too. - Time for the second skim latte of the day. :)
  • mamaduckmamaduck Registered User Posts: 672 Member
    Our plan for the summer is one practice test for the SAT, one for the ACT, and getting a head start on Algebra II with an online program. He normally does pretty well on standardized tests, but we missed the PSAT last year, so I'm not sure what to expect.
  • planner03planner03 Registered User Posts: 1,358 Senior Member
    I'm glad that you started this thread. Right now I am concentrating on S15, but am starting to think about S16 as well. I browsed the other 2016 thread and it was definitely not the right home for S16s journey.
  • Hoosier96Hoosier96 Registered User Posts: 862 Member
    I'll be participating in this group...like planner03 I'm deep in the getting '15 launch.
    My S is a bird on to his own. He definitely marches to his own drum!!!! He will make this search harder than D because he likes what he likes.....,,,
  • classof2020classof2020 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    I've followed some of these threads from earlier years and am happy to be a part of this one. My daughter finished this year with a 3.5, but as I understand it most schools disregard art grades ? When calculated without art, it's 3.3 :-). Looking forward to the next 2 years here.
  • mamaduckmamaduck Registered User Posts: 672 Member
    Bit of background on my S - 3.06 Freshman year, 3.44 Sophomore year = 3.25 cumulative. Mix of pre-AP and College Bound level classes, "regular" math classes (will take Algebra II next year). Not weighted yet - only Dual Enrollment and AP classes are weighted at his school. He is in the German honor society, archery team, computer science club, amateur radio club (has ham license), and has passed the first part of the A+ computer technician certification (should take 2nd half this summer). He's interested in majoring in network administration or cybersecurity - would find traditional computer science programs too math intensive and theoretical. Current top college choices: RIT, Syracuse, Pitt, George Mason (in state). My husband is a college professor, and S will be competing for tuition exchange scholarships at the first three (guaranteed $$ at Syracuse if he gets accepted).
  • classof2020classof2020 Registered User Posts: 26 Junior Member
    We live in a WUE state, so we'll be looking at those schools, plus we'll attend our local CTCL fair when it's here this summer. One of those schools is local to us, and she may apply for early admission, if she likes it after a summer program she's doing this June.
  • allboyzallboyz Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    My S16 completed his sophomore year with a 3.21 cumulative GPA. His first year ended with a 3.28 but he dipped little 10th grade year. However, he has remained in the 3.2 area so I think this is likely where he will end up. I'm a little worried because we live in Virginia. Most of the colleges are competitive here. Most of the colleges that he is looking at want a 3.5 and above. I'm hoping that recommendations,volunteer hours, and participation in travel/high school soccer will help him. He would love to play soccer in college.
  • Hoosier96Hoosier96 Registered User Posts: 862 Member
    S16 sophomore year was a BUST his accumulate to a dive he now is a 3.4 from a 3.6 so yeah this year could be Very rocky. He shows no interest in prepping for ACT or SAT and summer reading...well lets just say the books look good on our bookshelves!
  • mamaduckmamaduck Registered User Posts: 672 Member
    @allboyz, I live in Virginia too. What schools do you think your S will look at? My D13 was in this range - very competitive high school. I was pretty freaked out, esp. considering her rank. I might be able to give you suggestions.

    S took the practice ACT this week. I was looking for a free onine one, and the one at College Board kept crashing. He took the McGraw HIll, then afterwords I read some comments here on CC that it's not very accurate. I wonder if it's less accurate at the upper ranges where many CC students dwell. Does anyone have experience with it?
  • SlackerMomMDSlackerMomMD Registered User Posts: 3,094 Senior Member
    @mamaduck, I'm a HS2015 mom but I check in here once in a while. A very generous HS2015 parent gave me some practice ACT exams. I'd like to pay it forward. PM me if you want access to my Google Drive where I store the exams.
  • allboyzallboyz Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    edited July 2014
    Mamaduck,
    He intends to major in Graphic Design (and minor or double major in Computer Science). The schools that we are considering are Christopher Newport University, Longwood University and University of Mary Washington. Christopher Newport is his top pick at this point. However, I'm not sure if his grades are strong enough for CNU or UMW. I think they are good enough for Longwood University. He was looking into George Mason but I do not think his grades are strong enough. He likes ODU but he does not like the surrounding area at all. My oldest son attends ODU so he has spent some time there. However, he has decided that it is not the right environment for him. He also does not care for VCU's non traditional campus. We attended a college prep last night with the director of his soccer club. He selected some private colleges for us to look at. He told us not to worry about the cost of tuition yet. He said many give a lot of academic scholarships that will bring down the cost significantly. So we will start looking into some of those colleges.
  • mamaduckmamaduck Registered User Posts: 672 Member
    edited July 2014
    @allboyz I actually think you're probably okay for CNU, UMW, and GMU - esp. if his test scores are okay.

    I looked up the Common Data Set for the three schools and found that at CNU 25% had a GPA of 3.0-3.49 and most had SAT scores in the 500s (per section). GMU had 30% with GPAs of 3.0-3.49 and also 500s in each SAT section. MWU had almost 40% with GPAs in the 3.0-3.49 range, and slightly more forgiving SAT ranges. I didn't look up Longwood, but I think it would be a safety.

    I do think a key with these schools is applying early fall, since they're all rolling admissions. I think they'll also know if your kid is coming from a strong school (all those great NoVa districts, Roanoke County, etc) since they see so many applications from these schools. Also remember that they're reporting accepted students (not just enrolled students), which includes many with very high stats using them as safety schools.

    I am taking my son to an event at George Mason next week specifically designed for rising juniors. I'll pass along anything I learn.
  • fflmasterfflmaster Registered User Posts: 212 Junior Member
    Could I get access to the ACT practice exams.

    [email protected]

    Thanks
  • allboyzallboyz Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    Thank you mamaduck!
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