can I revive my GPA? :(

<p>I'm a sophomore, and the first half of the year has ended, and my GPA is about 4.0 (we go up to 5.0, a 4.5 is considered good for the honors kids). My GPA used to be like a 5.1. I am confident that I will go back to getting As in everything, but is it possible to revive my GPA to something good? (like a 4.5) Are my hopes of going to a college like Stanford or MIT crushed forever? And yes I do extracurriculars and last year I had eight academic classes (which I did well in).</p>

<p>Does your school allow you to take summer courses? I'm not entirely sure how your grading scale works... You could take one or two moderatley difficult courses over the summer, and do well in those. If you're only a sophmore, then you still have two years, so I would suggest taking classes that you can get As in, but are still challenging.</p>

Are my hopes of going to a college like Stanford or MIT crushed forever?


<p>No, but they are decreased. Work hard and good things will happen...worry about college later, when you have a more concrete foundation on which to base your college search.</p>

<p>Thanks for replying and keeping me hopeful. :') I don't think my school allows us to take summer courses, and in any case my summer is pretty much booked up. And they don't accept credit from outside the school (saying this from painful experience).</p>

<p>Work as hard as you can to get your GPA up. All hope is not lost! Do your best..your absolute 110% best..and I think you'll end up alright, kid. :)
Start studying for those aptitude tests (SAT/ACT) and think about your strengths and what APs would best illustrate those strengths. Begin volunteering or looking for internships via your guidance counselors.</p>

<p>I already took the SATs and ACTs, though my dad is probably going to make me take them again. ACTs I took last year and forgot what I got, but for SATs I got a 710 for math, 660 for reading, and 720 in writing. I've been interested in getting an internship but I'm not sure where I could?</p>

<p>Sorry for the double post, I don't know how to edit. :(</p>

<p>So I got a 31 on the ACTs. What do you suppose the lowest GPA is for still having a decent chance of going to a very good school?</p>

<p>Depends on the high school. At my school you usually need a 4.5 or higher out of 5.0 to be competitive for HYPSM etc. It seems like that may be a little bit higher at your school.</p>