G.P.A. = Grade Point Average. Students receive grade points based on the semester grade earned in a particular class. In Allen ISD, on-level courses receive a maximum of 4 grade points; Pre-AP/IB and Dual Credit courses receive a maximum of 4.5 grade points; and AP/IB courses receive a maximum of 5 grade points. We call Pre-AP/IB, Dual Credit, and AP/IB courses "weighted" courses because students can earn more grade points in those classes than in on-level classes. Pre-AP/IB, Dual Credit, and AP/IB courses are weighted because of their academic rigor.
To help you understand the G.P.A. tables, assume a student earns an 88 for the semester in an English course. If this is an on-level English course, the student will receive 3.4 grade points. If a student earns the 88 in a Pre-AP/IB English course, he will receive 3.9 grade points. If a student earns the 88 in AP English or IB English, he will receive 4.4 grade points.
If a student fails a class for the semester, he does not earn any grade points for that class.
The G.P.A., or Grade Point Average, is computed by taking the average of the grade points a student receives in his or her classes for a particular semester. Grade Point Average is updated each semester. G.P.A. determines class rank: the student with the highest G.P.A. is ranked first in his class.
Class rank is calculated for the first time in January of the student's sophomore (10th grade) year.