A high school academic record is a very important part of a college admission application. High achievement on high school Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams may fulfill a portion of a college's general education requirements, according to Allen Grove, a college expert at About.com.
High school records are important because college admission departments look for good grades in core academic subjects like English, math, history, science and foreign language, according to About.com. Top-level colleges and universities expect mostly A's. High school records also show the caliber of completed coursework, and admissions officers look for college-level, accelerated and honors-level classes that show a potential student took the most challenging courses available.