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					8th GRADEYEAR

Step Right Up Success One Step at a Time
Are you taking the right classes for your grade level? o English Honors o General Math or o Pre-algebra or o Honors math  teacher's recommendation required o Social Studies  History o Science Honors o Music o Art o Physical Education/Health o Industrial Arts Family and Consumer Science

o Make a point to meet your academic counselors.  Continue to visit them throughout the school year. o Read your school’s student handbook and learn about your school’s:  Rules and regulations  Classes  After-school activities. o Learn good study habits:  Managing your time  Taking notes  Reading class textbook  Studying for tests.  You will especially need these skills in high school. o Always be prepared for class. o Remember to bring to class your:  Book  Paper  Pencil o Elective classes are available in areas such as:  Business  Computers  English  Foreign Language  Family Science  Consumer Science  Industrial Arts  Art  Music
Academic Competency Requirements by ASU, U of A, NAU 4 years English  Grammar, Composition, Literary Analysis, etc. 4 years Math  Algebra I, II; any advanced math course for which Algebra II is a prerequisite, pre-Calculus, Calculus, Analytical Geometry. 3 years Laboratory Science  Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. 2 years Social Studies  One year/unit of American History and one year/unit of an additional social science such as geography, government, psychology, anthropology, European or world history, economics, or sociology. 2 years Foreign Language  Must be the same language. 1 year Fine Arts 16 core classes (Core GPA must be 3.0 or higher)

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o Keep a record of your grades.  It is important to be aware of your academic progress at all times. o Plan ahead--make a list of short-term goals and long-term goals.  Short-term goals can include doing well on a test or choosing an afterschool activity.  Long-term goals can include picking a career you would like to have someday. o Check into summer-enrichment programs or summer school. o Your school should have a High School Visitation Day  Become familiar with the high school you will attend. o Your high school requires completion of 21 to 28 credits in order to graduate  Graduation requirements vary from school to school. o Take computer classes. o Read, Read, and Read

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Over a lifetime, a high school dropout working full-time will earn $300,000 less than a high school graduate and more than $1 million less than a college graduate. Here are a few more good reasons why you should stay in school: Reason #1 o High school dropouts are four times more likely than college graduates to be unemployed. Reason #2 o Graduating from high school will most likely determine how well you live for the rest of your life. Reason #3 o On average, high school graduates earn $175 more per week than high school dropouts. o College graduates earn $368 more per week than high school graduates. THE BIG LESSON HERE? You’ve got a lot to lose by giving up, and everything to gain by being serious about school. The Ayn Rand Institute Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Rand's Novelette Anthem No application is required. Entrant must be in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Contest is open to students worldwide. Essay must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length and double-spaced. One entry per student, please. o Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. o Decisions of the judges are final. o o o o

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