• Grade Point Average, or GPA, is a calculation based on your final grades in courses, the level of the courses, and the credits earned. There are at least four ways that your GPA is calculated: there are two GPA’s on your high school transcript – a State GPA (unweighted) and a District GPA (weighted), and there are separate GPA’s calculated for the Bright Futures as well as a re-calculated GPA for college admission.


    State or Graduation GPA (unweighted, on transcript)
    Unweighted grade point average computed using marks earned in courses taken.  If a course has been repeated with a grade of C or higher, only the highest grade is used.  Point values for grades are:  A=2, B=1.5, C=1, D=.5, F=0.  A minimum 2.0 GPA is required for graduation. This is the gpa that appears on a student’s report card at the end of each semester.  It is cumulative using all grades earned to date.


    Bright Futures GPA
    This GPA is a weighted grade point average using final grades earned in 16 required core academic credits: 4 English, 4 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies and 2 Foreign Language.  The additional weight is a .25 for state designated honors, AP or IB courses.   Example:  .5 credit English II Honors, final grade of “B” = 1.5 + .25 additional weight = 1.75.  A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for the scholarship program.

    Recalculated  GPA For College Admission
    Grade point average computed by the college using only academic courses (English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language).  It is usually a weighted GPA but additional point values for honors, AP, or IB courses can vary.  Colleges in the State University System (SUS) give .25 points for honors courses and .5 points for AP and IB courses with a grade of “C”.   Other colleges may give .5 points for honors, AP, and IB.  The recalculated GPA is also referred to as the ACADEMIC GPA.  Most four year colleges use the recalculated GPA for admissions, eligibility for honors programs and scholarship criteria.