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1 Grade Point Averages Klein High School

2 What is GPA? Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical summary of your grades from high school. It is used to determine class rank. Colleges use rank and GPA to compare you to other applicants and to make admissions decisions.

3 How is GPA determined? You receive points for each semester average.
“Points” are assigned to the grade you earn in a class. You receive points for each semester average. Use the Scale in the KISD GPA Scale in the Student Handbook or JR/SR Handbook.

4 The KISD GPA Scale KISD GPA Scale is on a 4.0+ weighted scale.
Regular classes use the “regular” scale. More difficult classes use the “advanced” scale or the “honors/GT/Pre-AP/AP” scale.


6 Calculating an Unofficial GPA
You need the following: Your transcript (or all of your end-of- year report cards from high school) KISD GPA Scale Pencil Calculator

7 Step 1: No Intermediate School Grades
Mark out classes from junior high They don’t factor into your GPA (even if they counted as high school credit) These classes are designated with a “J” Common junior high classes: - comm apps, TADTP (desktop), keybdrg, health, foreign lang. 1-2, Algebra 1


9 Step 2: Failing Grades Note that the scale only goes down to 70.
You do not receive grade points for failing grades, so this lowers your GPA. Write 0 pts. Beside each failing grade.


11 Step 3: Regular Classes Look at your grade for English I (ENG1) in the first grade column (S1). Find your grade on the “Regular” Scale. Ex: Grade of 81 = 3.1 on scale Write 3.1 on your transcript beside the 81. Repeat this process for your second semester grade (S2 column). Repeat for all regular classes (see example next slide).


13 Step 4: Pre-AP/AP/GT/DC Classes
Pre-AP classes are designated with “HQ” at the end (ENG1:HQ) GT classes have “GQ” at the end (ALG2:GQ) AP classes have “HP” at the end (APUSHIST:HP) Using the “Honors/GT/Pre-AP/AP/DC” Scale, find your grade and record the appropriate points for all of these types of classes that you’ve taken. (Ex: WGEO:HQ grade of 80 = 4.0 points)


15 Step 5: Advanced Classes
Most advanced courses are designated with “Ad” at the end (CHEM:Ad) All are listed in the handbook below the GPA Scale – be sure to check! Common advanced classes: 3rd year foreign language, 4th year athletics, pre-cal Using the “Advanced” scale, find your grade and record the points on your transcript for all advanced classes that you’ve taken (Ex: SPAN3:Ad grade of 92 = 4.5 points)

16 Step 6: Add Add all of the points that you’ve written down.
Hint: Total up S1 column and write it down, then total up S2 column and write it down. Then add the two totals together. (see example next slide)


18 Step 7: Count Count your total number of grades, including those earning zero points (Ex: 22 grades). You should have 7 grades per semester (unless you’re taking early release or late arrival). By the end of 9th grade, you should have 14 grades End of 10th – 28 grades End of 11th – 40 to 42 grades You’ll have more grades if you took summer school

19 Step 8: Divide Divide your (total number of points) by your (total number of grades). EX: (47.6 total points) divided by (22 semester grades) = Your unofficial GPA is on a weighted scale.

20 Unofficial v. Official GPA
You’ve just calculated your unofficial GPA. This can be used for your personal knowledge, when applying for summer leadership programs, etc. Your official GPA is calculated by the school registrar and reported to you at the beginning of your senior year.

21 The Un-weighted 4.0 Scale A = 90-100 = 4.0 B = 80-89 = 3.0
F = Below 70 = 0 points Follow the same process to calculate your GPA but use this scale.

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