GPA & Class Rank
Weighted GPA and Class Rank Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) or 6.0 GPA is calculated and will appear on the student’s official transcript along with the unweighted or 4.0 GPA. The weighted GPA is also used to determine rank in class. Courses that will be counted in the weighted grade point average 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 are also counted in the calculation of weighted GPA. The end of semester numerical grade is used to compute grade point average and is recorded on the student's Academic Achievement Record (transcript). Weighted GPA, unweighted GPA, and class rank are 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
• Summer school courses
• Credit by examination
• Credit for acceleration
• 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 U.S. 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 honors category are calculated on a 5.0 scale. Advanced placement courses and dual enrollment are calculated on a 6.0 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 foundation and/or recommended and distinguished graduation plans. Students attending Gateway on a temporary foreign study basis will be excluded from class rank.