Who's First?

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Who's First?

In the first two years the district has offered the PSAT 8/9, no 8th grader has earned a score in the 99th percentile, the highest level possible. But we're out to change that.

Students who want to get into the most selective colleges and earn the biggest scholarships need to put in a lot of time above and beyond what their teachers require. And they need to start early. That's why we're focusing on 5th, 6th and 7th grade students and their families and helping them to under what it takes to reach the very highest levels of academic achievement--and earn all of the rewards that come with being the best.

There are three simple steps to reaching the 99th percentile:

Know where you are. Use student CAASPP scores in English and math to know your starting percentiles.
Know where you're going. Know what percentiles you need to get into various colleges and universities. (Like a video game, the higher your scores, the more colleges and scholarship they can potentially unlock.) Aim for the 99th percentile.
Know how to get there. Know how many hours of work to put in and the kind and level of work to complete. (HINT: Summers and weekends aren't just for relaxing and being a total slug.) And remember that success at the very highest levels starts with the mind.

For the next steps, watch the short video below:


For additional information on PSAT 8/9 and how to prepare, visit our PSAT page.

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