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Do courses taken in middle school count for credits?

sinflowersinflower Registered User Posts: 462 Member
edited February 2010 in College Admissions
Colleges have recommended numbers of credits for each subject. I've been told that "recommended" really means "required"... several colleges I'm looking at require 4 credits of science; does a high school level science class I took in middle school count for this requirement? I don't want to take a science next year.
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Replies to: Do courses taken in middle school count for credits?

  • BeautifulnightsBeautifulnights Registered User Posts: 648 Member
    Definitely talk to your counselor to make sure, because they don't send middle school transcripts to colleges, only high school transcripts...
  • ds143ds143 Registered User Posts: 374 Member
    I believe so, at least it does in my situation. I took algebra I in eighth grade, and that went on my high school transcript; that also counted as one of my three years of math needed to graduate (even though I'm taking my fifth years of math this year).
  • fogfogfogfog Registered User Posts: 4,056 Senior Member
    On the whole--middle school courses ONLY count if they are high school level work and transferred by the middle schooldirectly into your high school transcript...many privates have provisions for that--offering high school courses in math and languages for example--on the middle school campus

    We have heard from most GCs that taking a solid four yrs of high school is important...that taking a short day etc is not of benefit unless you are say going to the local cc and taking coursework there
  • fogcityfogcity Registered User Posts: 3,228 Senior Member
    In the high schools that I'm familiar with, freshman take placement tests in language and in mathematics. Then depending on how they do, they are placed in the "suitable" high school course.

    So, in one case, the student was in an immersion language program in elementary and middle school and was bi-lingual when entering high school. That student placed in the most advanced class (honors literature) in high school, obtaining full 4-years of language credit.

    In another case, the student had taken strong math classes in middle school, and placed in the pre-calculus class in high school, effectively getting credit for 2 years of mathematics.

    In neither case did the middle school grades carry forward. What was more important is that in both cases the students received very high grades in the class that they placed in. That showed, moreso than a middle school transcript, that they mastered the subject. My sense is that the situation would be viewed differently if they skipped the subject altogether in high school. All this is very clear in the high school transcript, and selective colleges would both understand it and in fact respond favorably to it.
  • OhioMom2OhioMom2 Registered User Posts: 639 Member
    At our school, there are 3 8th grade courses that transfer to the high school for credit - Gym, Geometry and Spanish 1. These are transferred directrly from the middle school to the high school and the letter grade given on the high school transcript is the average grade for the year (in 8th grade). And this grade gets factored into your high school GPA. A college/university could not differentiate that the courses were from 8th grade by looking at our schools transcript. You need to ask your counselor how your school district handles this, as all schools are different. Good luck.
  • raideraderaiderade - Posts: 2,499 Senior Member
    It really depends on your situation. You will need to ask your GC on this one.
  • katytibbskatytibbs Registered User Posts: 516 Member
    My son took a math course at the HS (Algebra II) in 8th grade that was not on his HS transcript.
  • ncm2012ncm2012 Registered User Posts: 327 Member
    I have multiple courses from middle school - Spanish II, Honors Earth Science, Accelerated Algebra I - on my high school transcript. They count as high school credits for us.

  • csfmapcsfmap Registered User Posts: 371 Member
    This tread confirms what I've heard. Junior high/middle school math and foreign language will be considered by colleges because the high school transcript can "verify" they were taken, even if it's not on the physical transcript. For example, the high school transcript will show Spanish II which shows the student must have taken Spanish I. Same with math - Algebra II proves Algebra I. I have never heard of a college doing this for science classes.
  • R124687R124687 Registered User Posts: 1,513 Senior Member
    Every school is different. Make SURE you are clear of YOUR high school's rulings on this. My D went to two high schools, they were both "in flux" about this situation. We were advised INCORRECTLY (as regards taking credit, whether or not you had to accept the grade to get the credit, would it be weighted, whether you got credit if you were only 1 year versus 2 years advanced, etc. AND the rules were different for language versus math). She went to her new school and they SAID they allowed some credit the first school didn't. They LIED. THREE people told her the rules, all the same.

    Then she was going into her senior year and was forced to take her Jr High language grade and hadn't expected to do that...and forced to take another math class or risk not getting her "honors" diploma. So she had to take another summer school, cancel electives she'd been looking forward to all 4 years. All this happened in the last week of her Jr. year.

    Thank GOODNESS I kept pressing because...well, long story...it was a question about her jr high foreign language, and taking the grade for it. Because only when I insisted that the principal be involved did anyone tell us she wasn't going to get her honors diploma. I'd even asked both counselors to make SURE she was on track for that. Both said she was.

    This information was NOT contained in the handbook, curriculum guide, no where. We couldn't research it-had no choice but to rely on what they told us.

    It was a scary mess, and ANoTHER reason her GPA isn't as high as it really should be.

    So make SURE you understand ALL the rules. Luck. ,
  • teamfrangela92teamfrangela92 Registered User Posts: 880 Member
    It does for me, in spanish and math. =]
  • MillancadMillancad Registered User Posts: 5,941 Senior Member
    For us, only classes that are primarily taken within the school by HSers count. The 30 or so kids who are a year ahead in math get 8th grade Geometry put on their transcripts because they take it with 340 or however many 9th graders. On the other hand, no one gets Latin I or II put on their transcripts because, with the exception of maybe 40 kids who come to the school in 8th grade, Latin I and II are taken my middle schoolers.

    So, it' determined by the school. Ask your GC.
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Registered User Posts: 5,487 Senior Member
    It varies by school. If you're taking a class that is offered in high school as well, like a higher level math or foreign language, you may very well be offered credit. However, just because a class fulfills prereqs for more advanced coursework in high school, there's no guarantee your school system will grant you that credit.

    When I was in middle school, for example, I took French I. Though I moved onto French II my freshman year of high school, only French II counted as a foreign language credit towards graduation. For whatever reason, my little brother and sister, who took the same French course, have been given high school credit. The system changed. Bottom line: You're going to have to check yourself.
  • xrCalico23xrCalico23 Registered User Posts: 4,673 Senior Member
    I know three of my eighth grade courses show up on my high school transcript and count toward my graduation requirement.
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