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 ScalePencilCalculator
7 Step 1: No Intermediate School Grades Mark out classes from junior highThey 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
11 Step 3: Regular ClassesLook 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 scaleWrite 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-calUsing 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: CountCount 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 gradesEnd of 10th – 28 gradesEnd of 11th – 40 to 42 gradesYou’ll have more grades if you took summer school
19 Step 8: DivideDivide 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 pointsFollow the same process to calculate your GPA but use this scale.