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.
All courses should be computed as .5 credit when calculating GPA’s. Courses for 1.0 credit taken prior to 2006-2007 should be divided into two .5 credits with the same final grade (i.e. Eng I Hon – B 1.0 = Eng I Hon – B .5 and Eng I Hon – B .5)
District or Ranking GPA (weighted, used for ranking, on transcript)
A Weighted grade point average computed using marks earned in all courses taken. All grades are used even if a course has been repeated. An additional .5 is awarded for all advanced, honors, AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) courses. Point values for grades in these courses are: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, F=0. Standard courses use; A=2, B=1.5, C=1, D=.5, F=0. This GPA is calculated at the end of each year and is used to determine a student’s class rank.
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.
You can download a worksheet to calculate your Bright Futures GPA here (this will be available soon).
You can get an accurate Bright Futures GPA by creating a high school evaluation at https://www.floridashines.org/ (previously called facts.org). Every student should visit https://www.floridashines.org/ (previously called facts.org), at least once a year to view progress towards a Bright Futures Scholarship. From the main page, follow the links to Bright Futures Scholarship Eligibility Evaluation.
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.