What
is GPA?

GPA is an
abbreviation for Grade Point Average.

Cumulative GPA is the average of a student's
final grades in all courses taken for high school credit.

Cumulative GPA is based on number of credits earned and final
grades in classes.

When a student passes a class, the student earns one credit in
most cases. Some classes, such as those offered at the Career
and Technical Center, allow students to earn more than one
credit per class.

Cumulative GPA includes Algebra I, Spanish I, and French I
classes which some students take as eighth graders for high
school credit.
In
figuring cumulative GPA, final letter grades in courses carry the
following point values.

Each
"A" counts 4 points.

Each
"B" counts 3 points.

Each
"C" counts 2 points.

Each
"D" counts 1 point.

Each
"F" counts 0 points.
Certain honors courses have weighted grades. In figuring
cumulative GPA for weighted courses, final letter grades in
weighted courses carry the following point values.

Each
weighted "A" counts 5 points.

Each
weighted "B" counts 4 points.

Each
weighted "C" counts 3 points.

Each
weighted "D" counts 2 points.

Each
weighted "F" counts 0 points.

Consider the following example. A student earns 28 credits by
the end of first semester of the senior year. The student's
final grades result in the following: 14 A's, 10 B's, 2 C's, 1
D, 1 F. For the purpose of this example, the student does not
have any weighted grades.

Cumulative GPA is then figured in the following manner.

14 (number of credits with a grade of A) X 4
(points per A) = 56

10 (number of credits with a grade of B) X 3
(points per B) = 30

2 (number of credits with a grade
of C) X 2 (points per C) = 4

1 (number of credits with a grade
of D) X 1 (point per D) = 1

1 (number of credits with a grade
of F) X 0 (points per F) = 0

Total = 91 Quality Points Earned Divided By
28 Total Credits = Cumulative GPA of 3.25
Why
is GPA important?
How
is class rank determined?
How
do I achieve my best class rank?

To
achieve maximum GPA and class rank, students should make
straight A's and take as many weighted classes as possible.

Students who have a 4.0 GPA are not usually ranked #1 in the
class. Students who are ranked at the top of the class almost
always have GPA's higher than 4.0.
