- Taking a rigorous curriculum in high school is the best predictor of students' ability to complete a bachelors degree (Answers in the Toolbox, 1999).
The number and quality of advanced courses a learner takes is more significant than GPA or class rank for predicting college success.
Students taking more advanced courses score about 2.4 points higher on the ACT composite than students taking standard graduation plan courses (ACT High School Profile, 2005).
Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school have higher GPA in college than students who do not take AP courses (Answers in the Toolbox, 1999).
Learners who have taken AP courses generally score higher on the SAT than learners who have not taken AP courses.
The number of advanced courses a learner takes in high school may be a factor considered by a college when making admission decisions.
Taking advanced courses in middle school and high school is the best way to prepare for college admission and college success.
Coppell ISD recommends that learners challenge themselves by participating in advanced academic programs.