Preparing for College

Do Colleges Look at 8th-Grade Record?

Question: I just started 9th grade, and I'm worried. Last year my attendance record for my first class was really bad. Even though I got straight A's, I was constantly late or absent. The course was geometry, and I was taking it for high school credit. So I was just wondering if colleges consider pre-high-school attendance records?

Nope, don't worry, admission committees won't be concerned with your 8th grade attendance records, although they will consider grades in middle school classes taken for high school credit (typically math and/or foreign language).

However, colleges often do look at high school attendance and tardy records, so get a good, loud alarm clock. :-)