How to Prepare for a Tier 1 College

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Though there is no official definition, a Tier 1 college is basically one that is highly competitive or fairly difficult to get into. Because the coursework tends to be quite rigorous, these schools accept only the strongest students who typically graduate no less than in the top 20 percent of their class. Tier 1 colleges have a strong reputation and brand name. For instance, the University of Texas and Texas A&M University are two nationally known Tier 1 colleges in Texas. Service academies, such as the United States Military Academy at West Point and United States Naval Academy also fall into the Tier 1 category. Ivy League  colleges are the … Continue reading

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Service Academy Selection – Improve Your Chances

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If you hope to attend a service academy, good for you! If you are selected, you will receive a free, top-notch education, some of the best leadership training in the world and an officer job waiting for you after you graduate. If this is your goal, the time to prepare is NOW. The preliminary application for a United States service academy should be submitted in your junior year. The process of preparing, however, should start from your first day in high school. This way, you can begin building the application necessary to gain selection. Selection for a service academy is a highly competitive process. Every year, 8 out of the 9 … Continue reading

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Why Public High Schools Can’t Help Every Student

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Public high school is intended for every student. Unfortunately, not every student is intended for high public school. Due to the massive numbers public schools must accommodate, not every student will get the help he or she needs to succeed academically. There are also a few other key reasons.  Four Reasons Why Public High Schools Can’t Help Every Student    1) Standardized Instruction & Testing Public high school education in the U.S. is mostly based on a system of standardized testing. For some students, this limited scope of source material does not assist in their learning. The very nature of standardized teaching and learning also does not lend itself well … Continue reading

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Why 8th Grade Matters

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Four Reasons Why the 8th Grade Matters As adolescents begin their transition into adulthood, their academic performance and attitudes can have a profound impact on their future.  The 8th grade, in fact, is a crucial year for most students. According to a research report by ACT, students who are not on track for college and career readiness by 8th grade are unlikely to attain that level of readiness by high school graduation.  1) Harder Coursework The coursework is getting harder, and students are often asked to apply multiple subjects into a single project. Schoolwork is now a more significant part of life, and 8th graders must start putting forth more … Continue reading

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