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GPA stands for “grade point average.” You will find it on your semester report cards, and it is an
indicator of how good your grades are in high school. It is also the number that the school uses to
determine your class rank. “Class rank” is the number that indicates how good your grades are
compared to all the other students in your graduation class.

Since GPA is an average, ALL of your semester grades, from freshman year through senior year,
(including summer school and night school classes) are used to calculate it.

To calculate GPA, each letter grade on your report card is worth a certain number of points. Taking
an honors or Advanced Placement (AP) level class increases the number of points you can get for an
A, B, or C, but earning a D in an honors class can actually hurt your GPA. At Curie High School, a
“perfect” GPA is a 4.0, but it is possible to earn a higher GPA because of the “weight” of honors
classes. See the chart below.

                          Regular Class     Honors Class         AP Class
                           A = 4 points     A = 5 points       A = 6 points
                           B = 3 points     B = 4 points       B = 5 points
                           C = 2 points     C = 3 points       C = 3 points
                          D = 1 points      D = 0 points       D = 0 points
                           F = 0 points     F = 0 points       F = 0 points



       Sample Student Report Card

       SAMMY STUDENT                                                     January 2007
       1234 S. WHATCHAMACALLIT ST.                                       DIV. 030
       CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60600                                           ID 98573020

              CLASS                                MIDTERM       FINAL           CREDIT
        R     BIOLOGY                                 B            B             0.500
        R     WORLD HISTORY                           C            D             0.500
        H     ALGEBRA                                 A            A             0.500
        R     SURVEY LITERATURE                       B            C             0.500
              P.E./HEALTH                             D            D             0.500
              COMPUTER INFO TECH                      C            B             0.500
              BAND                                    D            B             0.500

       Service Learning Hours:   4.50 .

       GPA:        .

       TOTAL CREDITS EARNED:                   .
Class Credit
In addition to being part of your GPA, every class you take at Curie gives you an opportunity to earn class
credit. Classes at Curie are counted by semester, and most of these classes are worth .500 credits (or
“units”). You must earn a D or better in a class to earn this credit. A typical student at Curie takes 7 classes
each semester, so each year a Curie student should earn 7.00 credits. Look in your Curie Handbook for a
detailed understanding of promotion and graduation requirements, or go online to Curie’s website
(http://www.curiehs. org) and select “General Information,” then “Graduation Requirements.” Until then, you
should know:
         To graduate from Curie, you must have a minimum of 26 total credits.
         To be promoted from a freshman to a sophomore, you must have a minimum of 5 credits/units
             and 10 hours of service learning.
         To be promoted from a sophomore to a junior, you must have a minimum of 11 credits/units and
             20 hours of service learning.
         To graduate, you must have at least 4 credits (that means 4 years worth) of English.

Class credit is different from GPA in two important ways.
1) Class credit is a requirement for promotion and graduation. However, there is no required GPA for
    promotion or graduation.
2) GPA is an average, but class credits just add up. So, if you fail a class, you can make that class credit up
    by taking a similar class in summer school. 0.00 credits from the failed class plus .500 credits from you
    passing the summer school class still earns you .500 credits. However, the F you earned for that class
    during the school year (which equals 0 points toward your GPA) never goes away in your GPA. Even if you
    earn a C in the summer school class, that F stays in your GPA.

Let’s take another look at the sample report card below. This time, you should notice, that Sammy Student
earned an F in P.E. Calculate Sammy’s new GPA and TOTAL CREDITS EARNED.

       SAMMY STUDENT                                                            January 2007

               CLASS                                 MIDTERM            FINAL            CREDIT
         R     BIOLOGY                                  B                 B              0.500
         R     WORLD HISTORY                            C                 D              0.500
         H     ALGEBRA                                  A                 A              0.500
         R     SURVEY LITERATURE                        B                 C              0.500
               P.E./HEALTH                              D                 F              0.000
               COMPUTER INFO TECH                       C                 B              0.500
               BAND                                     D                 B              0.500

       GPA:          .                         TOTAL CREDITS EARNED:                        .


One question many students have is: “If class credit is required for promotion and graduation, but GPA isn’t,
why should I care about my GPA?”

That’s a good question. In terms of getting through high school, class credit is more important to care about,
but GPA is something that you will need to help you get beyond high school.

If you are interested in college or another kind of school to help you get a job after high school, you need to
care about your GPA. Admissions counselors will want copies of your high school transcripts (report cards)
when you apply to their schools. Students who have higher GPA’s are more likely to get into a school of their
choice. Also, college can be expensive. Students who have higher GPA’s are more likely to receive
scholarship money to help pay for school.
GPA Calculation Helper

                         Regular Class    Honors Class        AP Class
                          A = 4 points    A = 5 points      A = 6 points
                          B = 3 points    B = 4 points      B = 5 points
                          C = 2 points    C = 3 points      C = 3 points
                         D = 1 points     D = 0 points      D = 0 points
                          F = 0 points    F = 0 points      F = 0 points

      1) Count up all the grades listed in each student’s transcript and list them below.
      2) Then use the chart above to multiply the number of grades earned by the points they are
         worth.
      3) Last, add up ALL the points from all the grades and divide that number by the TOTAL
         NUMBER OF GRADES. This will give you the student’s GPA.


STUDENT: ______________________          TOTAL NUMBER OF GRADES: ______________

Regular Class Grades                     Honors Class Grades               AP Class Grades

A’s _______                              A’s _______                       A’s _______

B’s _______                              B’s _______                       B’s _______

C’s _______                              C’s _______                       C’s _______

D’s _______                              D’s _______                       D’s _______

F’s _______                              F’s _______                       F’s _______


STUDENT’S GPA: ____________________


STUDENT: ______________________          TOTAL NUMBER OF GRADES: ______________

Regular Class Grades                     Honors Class Grades               AP Class Grades

A’s _______                              A’s _______                       A’s _______

B’s _______                              B’s _______                       B’s _______

C’s _______                              C’s _______                       C’s _______

D’s _______                              D’s _______                       D’s _______

F’s _______                              F’s _______                       F’s _______


STUDENT’S GPA: ____________________
STUDENT: ______________________       TOTAL NUMBER OF GRADES: ______________

Regular Class Grades                  Honors Class Grades         AP Class Grades

A’s _______                           A’s _______                 A’s _______

B’s _______                           B’s _______                 B’s _______

C’s _______                           C’s _______                 C’s _______

D’s _______                           D’s _______                 D’s _______

F’s _______                           F’s _______                 F’s _______


STUDENT’S GPA: ____________________


STUDENT: ______________________       TOTAL NUMBER OF GRADES: ______________

Regular Class Grades                  Honors Class Grades         AP Class Grades

A’s _______                           A’s _______                 A’s _______

B’s _______                           B’s _______                 B’s _______

C’s _______                           C’s _______                 C’s _______

D’s _______                           D’s _______                 D’s _______

F’s _______                           F’s _______                 F’s _______


STUDENT’S GPA: ____________________


STUDENT: ______________________       TOTAL NUMBER OF GRADES: ______________

Regular Class Grades                  Honors Class Grades         AP Class Grades

A’s _______                           A’s _______                 A’s _______

B’s _______                           B’s _______                 B’s _______

C’s _______                           C’s _______                 C’s _______

D’s _______                           D’s _______                 D’s _______

F’s _______                           F’s _______                 F’s _______

STUDENT’S GPA: ____________________

				
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