Will Admission Officials Note Upward Trend in 9th Grade?
Admission officials usually consider freshman grades, but they don’t emphasize them nearly as heavily as they do the later ones. And most high school transcripts that go to colleges include only final grades for each class. Sometimes they also show semester grades and exam marks, but they typically don’t include every marking period. So admission officials are unlikely to see all of the grades that you have shown to “The Dean.” (A good thing, too, because The Dean’s head is already spinning from reading the line-up you’ve sent so far! ) 😉
As the admission-committee members review your four years in high school, they will notice upward trends. So if your freshman year is your weakest year, and you do your best in 11th and 12th grades, this should work in your favor.