The grade point system is a process for weighting courses based upon the rigor of the courses. In the GISD grade point system, more rigorous courses receive additional grade points resulting in a 5.0 scale compared to the traditional 4.0 scale. The accumulation of grade points begins in 9th grade for most students.
A student's GPA is calculated several times each year during their high school career, and a student’s most recent GPA calculation is normally reported on the student’s report card at the end of each grading cycle.
The official GPA posted on the final transcript and used for graduation purposes is calculated after the end of the fifth grading cycle of each student’s senior year. This official GPA is used to determine each student’s final rank in class with the two students having the highest rank designated as Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Students whose official GPA is 3.16 or higher are also designated as Honor Graduates.
Texas law now provides automatic admission to the Texas public college or university of a student's choice if that student graduates in the top ten percent of his/her senior class so a student’s GPA and rank in class is very important for college admission. See the section below regarding GPA Calculation for more details about this process.
Because other institutions sometimes ask for students’ grades in other formats, GISD can produce a student’s GPA based on a universal 4.0 scale conversion and a student’s overall numerical grade average, but the weighted GPA described below is the official GPA used for all GISD designations.
The following designations indicate the type of grade points available for a particular course.
(IB), (IntH) International Baccalaureate grade points (only offered at Garland HS)
(AP), (PreAP) or (H) Honors grade points
(DC) Dual credit grade points
(R) Regular grade points
(B) Basic grade points
(NGP) Does not receive grade points
The following grade point table indicates the grade point system to be used for all high school courses. The course descriptions found on the High School Courses and Middle School Courses pages indicate (1) whether grade points are awarded for each course and (2) if grade points are awarded, what level of grade points are awarded. Not all high school courses earn grade points. For example, students enrolled in many of the athletics, physical education, and music courses are not awarded grade points.
Evaluation of student effort will be numeric grades with grade points awarded in the following manner:
A student who transfers into a District high school with higher-level course credits, such as International Baccalaureate (IB), International Honors (IntH), Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP/Honors, or Dual Credit, shall receive similar credits counted toward the GPA according to the list of higher-level courses offered to other students in the same graduating class at that District high school and the grade point scale used for credit earned in the District.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation Procedure
- Add up the total number of grade points earned for each semester of each course the student has attempted.
- Add up the total number of semesters attempted for the courses earning grade points.
- Since the maximum number of grade points earned for an Honors course is 15, the total number of grade points is divided by 3 to convert the grade point total down to a 5.0 scale, and then the resulting number is divided by the total number of semesters attempted.
|IntH/IB *(GHS only)|
|Below 70||No grade points|
|Total for the Year|
|PE||97||No grade points|
|Total grade points||95|
Calculate the cumulative grade point average for the year by following the procedure described above. Using the example semester grades:
Total grade points 95
95 divided by 3 = 31.666
9 semester courses were attempted
31.66 divided by 9 equals 3.52 grade point average out of a possible 5.0.