Is there an advantage for students at high schools with weighted GPAs?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jerome Cole, Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.C., discusses the possible advantages to students who attend high schools with weighted GPAs.

    Jerome A. Cole, MA

    Jerome A. Cole, M.A., is the Director of College Counseling for the Edmund Burke school in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Cole Educational Consulting Services (Cole ECS.) He has worked with students and families for over seven years to help them plan and strategize for college. As a college counselor at Burke, an independent college preparatory high school founded in 1968, Mr. Cole oversees a program that is designed to support students and families as they go through the selection and admission process for college. Mr. Cole advises over 100 students each year in a small academically challenging environment where every senior is expected to apply to and enroll in college. Prior to Burke, he was a school counselor at Bethesda-Chevy Chase high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has successfully counseled hundreds of students and helped them prepare for admission to a variety of schools such as: American University, Clark-Atlanta University, Davidson College, George Washington University, Harvard University, Pitzer College, Stanford University, Temple University, and the University of Maryland at College Park, to highlight just a few. He established the consulting firm Cole ECS to provide students and families with the necessary information and support to make the best choice for college. Cole ECS defines the best choice as the optimal learning and social environment to ensure a student’s holistic success, culminating in on-time or early graduation and desirable post-graduate options. Mr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University. He is certified as a school counselor and is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).

    My name is Jerome Cole. I am the Director of College Counseling at the Edmund Burke School in Washington D.

    C. I am also the founder of the Cole Educational Consultant Services. I have a Masters degree in Education in Human Development, with a specialty in Secondary School Counseling from the George Washington University.

    For the past seven years, I have worked in both public and private schools settings, helping students and families, strategize for college. Today, I am going to talk about some of the strategies, some of the steps that you and your student should take to determine how you go about selecting a college and then ultimately, how you go about being admitted to a college.

    Host: Do students who attend high schools that have weighted GPAs have an advantage over those who do not?

    Jerome Cole: The answer to that one is simple, it is no. There is no advantage to attending a school that has a weighted Great Point Average system as opposed to an unweighted Great Point Average system. If you look at the different school districts and the different private institutions out there, there are all kinds of different grading scales out there and what colleges do, is when they get the transcripts, they will focus on the course work first, but then they will look at the individual grades and based on those individual grades, sort of, come up with their own conclusions as to how well a student perform.

    The grade point averages, it is part of the process, but it is not as important as what most people think it is. It s really the individual grades, especially in the course subjects.

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