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Calculating College Prep Weighted GPA

gradesGrade Point Average, or GPA, is used to determine college entrance, eligibility for sports (check the Athletics page of this website for more specifics) and certain school activities, honor roll and in other instances.  Your GPA is an important reflection of your academic work in high school and is reported on your high school transcript. The Overall GPA  on the transcript includes every class that earned a grade in high school (Pass/Fail is excluded).  The Cal Grant GPA is specifically used to determine the GPA component for Cal Grant financial aid and includes grades from sophomore and junior year only, excluding PE grades and Pass/Fail grades.

Calculating Grade Point Average Grades are represented by the following points:

GRADE

POINTS

A

4

B

3

C

2

D

1

F

0

 

GPA for University of California and California State University:

To calculate the GPA used by the University of California and California State University, first be certain that the college prep requirements are being met (see the College Prep Four Year Plan page).  The college prep GPA is not reflected on the high school transcript.

College prep courses from grade 10 and grade 11 only: If a course was repeated in summer school, only use the improved grade in the GPA calculation (no extra weight given since summer school courses are not Honors or AP). Pass/Fail grades are excluded.

AP and Honors courses: At Washington High School, all AP and 2 specific Honors courses are weighted, meaning that if you earn an A, B or C (D's and F's are not weighted), you receive an extra point in the GPA calculation because it is recognized by UC/CSU that you completed a higher level class (up to a maximum of 8 semesters-see below).

Weighted grades are represented by the following points:

GRADE EARNED IN WEIGHTED COURSE

WEIGHTED

POINTS

A

5

B

4

C

3

 

UC and CSU recognize the following courses to receive extra weight in the GPA up to a limit of 8 semester courses in sophomore and junior years, a maximum of 4 which can come from the sophomore year (if more than 8 semesters have been completed, select those semesters with the highest grades to include in the weighted GPA):

All AP courses
English 11 Honors
Accelerated Algebra 2/Trig/Pre-Calculus 

PLEASE NOTE:  Private college GPA calculations may differ-check with individual school to determine their policy. Many often use overall GPA which would include 9th grade and some non-college prep courses.


Have your transcript available to complete the information in the link below to determine your College Prep GPA*. (a-g classes only-NO PE; remember to add an extra point for weighted courses with grades of A, B or C up to a maximum of 8 semesters with no more than 4 semesters of which coming from 10th grade).


*GPA produced by this interactive link is approximate and may vary from the actual GPA calculated by the college or university.

UC/CSU College Prep GPA