By Marisol Rivera ’19
All teachers ever do is talk about students’ GPAs, but what is a GPA? GPA is a student’s grade point average from all of their grades combined throughout the year. Pritzker College Prep has a set goal for their students to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout their years in high school.
However, this is not an easy task for many students. Some students have struggled in a certain subject overall, resulting in a decrease within their GPA. Throughout a student’s years attending Pritzker, the difficulty of each subject increases by grade level. For example, sophomores are required to take chemistry and juniors are required to take biology, which are both a part of the science curriculum, biology being more advanced than chemistry.
The task of maintaining a high GPA is not as easy as some may think. The difference between an A- and a B+ in a class plays a major role in whether or not your GPA is raised or lowered. Grades on any assignment or exams can affect a student’s grade greatly, even if by one point. Because of this scenario, it is a struggle to identify what students need in order to raise or maintain a high GPA.
Nanette Perez, a senior, explained the class she struggled with the most and how it has affected her GPA, “Reading and Science have always been my struggle. I never was a big fan of reading and my previous schools never focused on it and when I came to Pritzker it was all new. As for science I always thought it was interesting but it had always been a struggle to memorize all of the different things in the science world.”
Perez also provided her GPA from her last semester of junior year and the end of quarter one from her senior year, “At the end of my junior year I had a GPA of 2.7 and now this year at the end of quarter one my GPA is a 2.6.” This is to prove that as one is promoted to the next grade level, subjects continue to become more difficult. During Perez’s interview she was asked what tips would she give to students on how to improve their GPAs and she said, “Students should stay after school for any help and be open to asking their teachers questions about what they do not understand.”
Mauricio Rodriguez, a junior, had also shared his experience of taking stressful classes that affect his GPA, “The hardest subjects for me are composition and science. These classes have affected my GPA due to the fact that I don’t have full grasp on the mastery of the subjects.”
Rodriguez had approximately a 3.1 to a 3.5 GPA from his previous semester in Pritzker. Right now as a junior and taking higher level classes, his GPA still averages around a 3.5.
The reason why students’ GPAs are so important is because a GPA is one of the five key elements that colleges look at to see if a student is eligible to apply for their school. The higher a student’s GPA is, the higher the probability that a college would look forward to having that students in their school. When trying to raise your GPA just think about all of the opportunities that Pritzker offers in order to help you succeed in the ways that you see best fit.