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Grade reporting dates

Reports of student progress are distributed to students and posted online in Skyward. See the Grading reporting dates calendar for dates of distribution for this school year.

Final averages

Report card and transcript formats only display semester averages. There is no final or end-of-year average. Credit, grades, grade points, rank in class, etc., are all based on semester grades only.

In the rare event that a student has one semester grade below 70 and the other above 70 so that the student’s overall average is passing for a two-semester course, the failing grade will be displayed with a “period” after it to designate that credit was earned for this semester. 

Grade point system

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. A 3.5 GPA is required for honor grads starting with the class of 2016.

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.

Grade Points

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 course descriptions and Middle school course descriptions 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

  1. Multiply GPA Credits by the GPA Points to calculate the grade points earned for each semester.
  2. Divide total GPA Points by the total GPA Credits to calculate the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
  3. Calculations are rounded to 5 decimal places.
Grade Point Table
GPA Set 1
GPA Set 2
GPA Set 3
Dual Credit
GPA Set 4
GPA Set 5
A+97-1009/3= 3.00012/3= 4.00013.5/3=4.50015/3= 5.00018/3= 6.000
A94-968/3= 2.66711/3= 3.66712.5/3= 4.16714/3= 4.66717/3= 5.667
A-90-937/3 = 2.33310/3= 3.33311.5/3= 3.83313/3= 4.33316/3= 5.333
B+87-896/3= 2.0009/3= 3.00010.5/3= 3.50012/3= 4.00015/3= 5.000
B84-865/3= 1.6678/3= 2.6679.5/3= 3.16711/3= 3.66714/3= 4.667
B-80-834/3= 1.3337/3 = 2.3338.5/3= 2.83310/3= 3.33313/3= 4.333
C+77-793/3= 1.0006/3= 2.0007.5/3= 2.5009/3= 3.00012/3= 4.000
C74-762/3= 0.6675/3= 1.6676.5/3= 2.1678/3= 2.66711/3= 3.667
C-70-731/3= 0.3334/3= 1.3335.5/3= 1.8337/3 = 2.33310/3= 3.333
FBelow 7000000

This procedure is designed to reflect differences in grouping levels and determine grade point averages.

Sample Grades for Example GPA Calculation
Subject1st Semester
1st Semester
Grade Points
2nd Semester
2nd Semester
Grade Points 
Total for the Year 
Math (H/AP) 972.50000650.000002.50000
English (DC) 972.25000972.250004.50000
Science (R) 972.00000972.000004.00000
History (R) 972.00000972.000004.00000
Health (R) 750.83350  0.83350
PE   97GPA Credit=0.0000.00000
Total Grade Pts15.83350

Example Calculation

Calculate the cumulative grade point average for the year by following the procedure described above.
Using the example semester grades:

Total grade points = 15.83350
Total GPA Credits = 4.5 (9 semester courses, each with GPA Credit 0.5, were attempted)
15.83350 divided by 4.5 equals 3.51856 grade point average out of a possible 5.0.