How do my grades/attendance/and behavior records affect my applying to colleges like Harvard or Yale?
I only have one thing from when I was in my Freshman year of high school that would or may not affect my college application, I got ISS for one day. Then my attendance is all Absences Excused or Test Taking. For this year (Sophomore year) I have two tardies which are fake because I was never tardy, never am tardy for class. Then all my grades are all fairly good. I don't know what my Junior or Senior year would bring, but I believe if I put my heart into it, I could make it.
It's awesome that you're thinking about how your records will impact your college applications. Colleges appreciate seeing progress, so even if you had a few attendance problems in early high school, demonstrating improvement can make a big difference.
For prestigious schools like Yale or Harvard, interviews might be part of the application process. During these interviews, it's crucial to acknowledge any mistakes you've made and discuss how you've grown or improved from those experiences. If your records show progress, schools can focus more on your grades and extracurricular activities.
Top-notch schools search for outstanding students who are not only well-rounded but also possess leadership abilities and the drive to excel in their passions and interests. Good grades and test scores help you "get your foot in the door" during the initial application stage. Engaging in extracurricular activities displays your interests beyond academics, such as sports, arts, music, community service, debate, educational contests, and more. Pick activities you're passionate about and find ways to shine in them. Demonstrating leadership and initiative will show schools that you're more than just a good student and have what it takes to stand out.
Also, chat with your guidance counselor about identifying some "safety" schools with programs you're interested in. This way, you'll have options when it's time to choose a school.
Best of luck for your future!