Weighted GPA and Class Rank:
The following scales are used to compute numerical grades into the mathematically computed score that is used to determine rank in class. Courses that will be counted in the grade point average for class in rank include credits from the following content areas taken in grades 9-12 as defined by the TEKS: English, mathematics, social studies, science, and languages other than English. Approved, dual credit college courses within the core areas described above are also counted in the calculation of GPA and class rank. The end of semester numerical grade is used to compute grade point average and is recorded on the student's Academic Achievement Record (transcript). Class rank is calculated at the end of a student’s 9th grade year, and subsequently at the end of each semester in grades 10-12. Class rank is calculated at the end of each semester only.
- Grades earned in the following courses shall be excluded when calculating the weighted GPA and academic class rank:
- Correspondence courses
- Credit by examination
- Credit recovery courses not taken through an Orenda Charter School
- Home school courses
- Distance Learning and online courses from a non-accredited private or public school
- Courses taken in foreign countries (unless offered by an accredited US school)
- High school courses taken while the student is in middle school
- Pass/fail courses
- Non-accredited private schools
The weighted GPA is determined by semester grades earned in the core courses (English, Math, Science, Socials Studies, and Languages Other Than English, and other selected advanced academic courses) taken in grades 9-12. All courses within the pre-AP and AP categories are calculated on a 5.0 scale, as are dual enrollment college courses within the core Advanced academic courses (AP, dual credit, college courses) are calculated on a 5.0 scale. Elective, non-core courses and local credit courses are not included in the calculation of the weighted GPA and academic class rank. In determining class rank, students graduating on the minimum plan will be ranked below students graduating on the recommended and distinguished graduation plans. Students attending the District on a temporary foreign study basis will be excluded from class rank.
Grade Point Average (Unweighted GPA)
GPA is calculated at the end of each semester beginning with the end of the first semester of a student’s freshman year. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each student using a simple grading system. Grade points are awarded based on the grading system outlined in the Orenda Education Grading Regulations.
90-100 = A
80-89 = B
75-79 = C
70-74 = D
< 70 = F
The GPA is a cumulative average of all semester grades earned in selected courses in high school. The semester averages of all State-approved courses and elective courses will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Classes taken for high school credit during junior high are used in calculating the GPA but are NOT included in calculation of the weighted GPA that is used to determine class rank. Summer school grades are used in calculating the GPA. Audited courses and courses repeated for review will not count for credit but will be included in the scholastic average.
GPA Calculation Example: 1st semester
Pre-AP English I
The sample GPA is the straight average of the semester grades in English I, Algebra I, and Biology divided by 3 (courses). Athletics does not count in the GPA. The sample GPA is 83.66. The GPA is commonly referred to as an “unweighted” GPA and will provide easily usable information to colleges and universities. The 4.0 college GPA is also calculated based on the straight average of all semester grades for all classes where:
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be selected at the end of the second semester of the senior year. The valedictorian and the salutatorian shall be the two graduating seniors with the highest rank in class (weighted grade point average). To be eligible, a student shall have been enrolled in the District for the entire last three semesters prior to graduation. To qualify for valedictorian or salutatorian, the student must graduate in no more than, or fewer than, four years.
Breaking a Tie for Valedictorian/Salutatorian
In case of a tie, for classes who enter ninth grade in 2005-06 and thereafter, the following method shall be used to determine who shall be recognized as valedictorian or salutatorian:
1. Compute the weighted grade point average to the maximum number of decimal places in the District computer system to break the tie.
2. If a tie still occurs, the student with the most AP courses shall be considered valedictorian or salutatorian.
3. If a tie still occurs, the student with the highest numerical weighted grade averages of all Advanced Placement courses taken shall be valedictorian or salutatorian.
Early Graduates and Beyond 4-Year Continuers
A student's rank in class shall be determined within the graduating class of the school year in which the student completes all requirements for a diploma, regardless of the number of years the student is enrolled in high school.
Transfer Student Grades
All incoming students' GPAs shall be converted to the system used by the District to determine the GPA and rank in class.