Preparation for college can never start to early. For high school students, following a Core Course of Study in high school that prepares them for college and careers. This core is attainable by anyone, and leaves plenty of room for those extracurricular activities such as sports, dance, music, theater, and career and technical education class.
4 years of progressively advanced math (Math through your senior year, including Elementary Algebra (Algebra I), Geometry, Intermediate Algebra (Algebra II) and another advanced math class)
3.5 years of social science
3 years of lab sciences (one each of biology, chemistry, and physics)
2 years of the same foreign language taken in a progressive manner during grades 9-12
Studies by the U.S. Department of Education and others show a strong link between the academic intensity of students’ high school course of study and postsecondary degree completion. For example, students who’d taken four years of English scored an average of 46 points higher on the SAT verbal test than those who’d taken only three; on the ACT, a rigorous course of study gave students a boost of 2.4 points, on average. And 40 percent of students who take algebra II earn a bachelor’s degree, compared with 23 percent of those who stop with geometry. In fact, academic intensity is a better predictor than students’ high school class rank when it comes to success in college, no matter where they start college or how many institutions they attend.
The Utah Scholars program helps motivate students to complete a Core Course of Study in high school that prepares them for college and careers.The initiative brings local business, community and education leaders into the classroom to promote completion of the Scholars Core Course of Study and relay the benefits of preparing for the future beginning in high school. Becoming a Utah Scholar is within the reach of every willing student.
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Have you ever been on your way to school only to realize that you left your homework at home? Maybe you forgot to add that homework assignment to your USB jump drive or simply copy it from your desktop to your laptop computer so you ended up not having your homework with you when you arrived at school? Well, with online file syncing applications such as Dropbox, accidentally leaving your homework at home could become a thing of the past.
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Getting nervous about that big test that’s coming up? We feel your pain. We know you’re busy and we’d like to help, so here are some cell phone apps to help you create flash cards to eliminate those pre-exam jitters. Then, you’ll be able to study wherever or whenever you happen to have a spare moment.
USA Today: My inbox is chock-a-block with emails from representatives for textbook-rental companies, each announcing the latest, greatest developments that are sure to make life easier for college students this coming semester.
A portable app is lightweight software that you can take with you on a portable device such as a USB flash drive or an iPod and use them on any computer. Portable apps can include: web browsers (so you can take your bookmarks with you), e-mail, instant messengers, anti-virus utilities, word processors, calendars, to-do lists, and more. The following is a list of some free useful portable apps.