There are two formats for class rank based upon the regular grade point average (GPA) and the weighted grade point average (wGPA). A class rank will be calculated for all pupils at the end of the sixth, seventh and eighth semesters. Rankings for the sixth and seventh semesters are the district's official class ranks with weighted and regular grade point averages becoming part of the student's transcript. Classes designated as pass/fail shall not be included in either rank. Situations may occur which affect the scheduling of a typical program for certain students. Credits earned outside the defined school day may count toward earning a high school diploma, but may not necessarily be computed in the development of the class rank. Questions on specific circumstances should be directed to the school counselor.
1.) Calculating the regular GPA for the Regular Class Rank.
The regular GPA shall be computed on the basis of all subjects taken within the school day. Grade points will be awarded on a 4.0 scale with A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0. The final grade for the course shall be multiplied by the number of credits completed for each course. The total points for all courses completed are then divided by the total credits completed to determine GPA.
2.) Calculating the wGPA for the Weighted Class Rank.
HON/AP A=6, B=5, C=4, D=3, F=0 ACC A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0 CP/MOD/PR A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0
- Only core academic courses or other courses designated as Advanced Placement (AP) will be included in the wGPA.
- A core academic course is any course, regardless of level, from any of the five academic areas which are: English, world languages, math, science and social studies.
- The wGPA shall be calculated by dividing the total weighted quality points by the total credits of the courses completed in the core academic area.
- Weighted quality points shall be calculated by multiplying the final grade for the core academic course by the number of credits completed for each core academic course using the following 6.0 scale:
- Core academic courses taken through a Summer School Remediation program shall be computed as a CP-D.
- Core academic courses taken through an Option Two program shall be counted in the wGPA only if the pupil has successfully taken the district Proof of Proficiency assessment for that course.
3.) Disclosure of Class Rank
Official rank will be issued at the completion of the 6th and 7th semesters. Commencement honors, however, will be based on the 7th semester weighted rank. Weighted and regular grade point averages, as well as weighted and regular class rank, will become part of the student's official transcript.
4.) Class Rank for the Purpose of the Graduation Ceremony
In order to qualify for valedictorian or salutatorian at graduation, students must have attended at least their junior and senior years in one of the high schools in the district. Transfer students who do not meet this qualification will be ranked for college placement purposes but not for graduation honors. The wGPA at the end of the 7th semester will be used to determine the valedictorian and salutatorian.
In the event multiple pupils are ranked number one in the weighted class rank then the following criteria will be applied to establish the order for the determination of valedictorian and salutatorian:
- Total number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- Total number of HON courses
- Total number of ACC courses.
- Total number of classes taken
The pupil tied for number one with the most number of AP courses will be the valedictorian and the pupil with the next to highest number of AP courses will be the salutatorian. In the event that there is a tie with the number of AP courses taken then each criteria will be tested until there is a distinction between the valedictorian and the salutatorian.
This same procedure shall be used in the event that there is a single valedictorian and multiple salutatorians.