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Impact of 8th-Grade Classes on Ivy Aspirations?

Question: I'm an eighth grader who received the opportunity to take 3 high school credit classes this year. I can honestly say I am doing the poorest I've ever done, mostly due to my horrible grades on semester exams. I realize I have a LONG way to go, so should I even be worried about college? I want to get into an Ivy League school, but it's not looking that way.

The good news = Colleges may see your 8th-grade marks on your transcript, if you took these classes for high school credit, but they will pay very little (or no) attention to them. (However, some high schools will factor these marks into your cumulative high school GPA and class rank, but this is uncommon.)

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