GPA & Class Ranking
College or Unweighted GPA
Any high school credit a student earns, including high school credits earned in junior high, will calculate into a student’s unweighted or College GPA. Wylie ISD uses a 4.0 scale to calculate unweighted GPA and does not take into account the level of the class.
A student’s Ranking GPA is based on a 6.0 scale and does take into account the level of the class. Classes counting in Ranking GPA are outlined below. Not all high school credit courses are included.
Class Rank and Grade Points
For students entering grade 9 in the fall of 2015 and beyond, class ranking shall be determined by awarding grade points to all semester grades earned in the fifteen courses used to satisfy the following requirements of the Foundation High School Program.
4 credits in English Language Arts
- English I
- English II
- English III
- English IV
3 credits in mathematics
- Algebra I
- Algebra II (Students electing Career Experiences that allow a substitute for Algebra II will use the substituted course as their second math GPA credit)
3 credits in science (students may take 3 of 4 credits ONLY for GPA purposes)
- IPC (Students electing Career Experiences that allow IPC as a substitute for Chemistry or Physics will use the substituted IPC as one of their science GPA credits)
3 credits in social studies
- World History
- US History
- Government and Economics (Micro or Macro)
2 credits* taken in languages other than English (students qualifying for a LOTE exemption will use the substituted credits to calculate GPA)
*The 2 LOTE credits must be a level I course and a level II course of in the same language. In the event that a student earns more than one level I LOTE credit, grade points will only be awarded for the one in which the level II credit is also earned.
Any course that is used in the calculation of ranking GPA taken in 8th grade and above will receive grade points. Courses use in the calculation of ranking GPA taken in 7th grade or lower will not receive grade points. If a student takes two linked courses that count towards GPA (ex. Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, PreAP Biology and AP Biology), only the course taken first will count towards GPA.
Final class rank will be determined at the end of the third nine-weeks grading period of the senior year. The grade point average shall be rounded to the nearest thousandth.
In calculating a students’ grade point average (GPA) for the purpose of determining class rank and any honor in which class rank is used as a qualifier, courses used in the calculation that are designated at AP, Pre-AP, gifted/talented, and dual credit shall receive weighted grade points according to the grade point scale listed in the Academic Planning Guide.
Once a student’s grade point average has been determined by the above method, the students will be ranked with the student with the highest GPA ranked number 1, the student with the second highest GPA ranked number 2, and so forth. In case of a tie after the GPA has been rounded to the nearest ten-thousandth point, a tie will be declared for the particular rank where the tie occurred. The only exception will be in the case of determining Valedictorian and Salutatorian, in which case there cannot be a tie.
Grade Point Scale For Ranking GPA
GRADE Tier I-AP/PreAP/Dual Tier II-Regular Tier III-Basic 100 6.0 5.0 4.0 99 5.9 4.9 3.9 98 5.8 4.8 3.8 97 5.7 4.7 3.7 96 5.6 4.6 3.6 95 5.5 4.5 3.5 94 5.4 4.4 3.4 93 5.3 4.3 3.3 92 5.2 4.2 3.2 91 5.1 4.1 3.1 90 5.0 4.0 3.0 89 4.9 3.9 2.9 88 4.8 3.8 2.8 87 4.7 3.7 2.7 86 4.6 3.6 2.6 85 4.5 3.5 2.5 84 4.4 3.4 2.4 83 4.3 3.3 2.3 82 4.2 3.2 2.2 81 4.1 3.1 2.1 80 4.0 3.0 2.0 79 3.9 2.9 1.9 78 3.8 2.8 1.8 77 3.7 2.7 1.7 76 3.6 2.6 1.6 75 3.5 2.5 1.5 74 3.4 2.4 1.4 73 3.3 2.3 1.3 72 3.2 2.2 1.2 71 3.1 2.1 1.1 70 3.0 2.0 1.0 <70 No Grade Points No Grade Points No Grade Points
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second highest ranking as determined by the District’s class ranking procedure described above who complete the curriculum requirements for the Foundation High School Program, the curriculum requirements for at least one endorsement, and the curriculum requirements for the distinguished level of achievement.
To be eligible, a student must also have been continuously enrolled for the four semesters preceding graduation in the high school from which the student is graduating.
Should a tie occur for valedictorian, the student who has taken the most weighted (AP, pre-AP, gifted/talented, dual credit) courses shall be named valedictorian. In the event a tie still exists, the final tiebreaker shall be the highest grade point average of the four semesters preceding the class rank calculation.
To qualify to be the valedictorian or salutatorian, a student shall not have engaged in any serious misconduct violation of the Student Code of Conduct, resulting in removal to a DAEP or expulsion during his or her last two semesters.
All transfer grades earned in the courses specified above under the GRADE POINTS AND CLASS RANK heading, taken in grades 8-12, shall be accepted for class rankings; however, additional grade weight shall be awarded to grades transferred for only those comparable courses that were offered in the District at the same time the transferring student earned the advanced credit. Transferred letter grades shall be converted to numerical grades and then to grade points before averages are computed in determining class ranking. Transfer letter grades shall be converted to numerical grades according to the following scale:
For purposes of determining class rank, courses that have been modified by a student’s ARD committee as to the required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and reflected in that student’s IEP shall be classified and weighted as a Basic Course. Courses for which only methodology has been modified for a student, however, shall be classified according to the regular grade weight system.
Students earning a grade point average of 4.25 or higher, and graduating on the Foundation High School Program, earning at least one endorsement, and satisfying the requirements for Distinguished Level of Achievement, shall be designated as honor graduates.