Grading & Grade Point Averages

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  • Grading

    Grading for high school courses is calculated using the formulas below. You can however, click here for an easy to use High School Final Grade Calculator.

    Semester Grades

    Most courses are broken down into parts called semesters. Each semester grade is made up of three grades: two quarter grades and the exam grade.

    2 Out of 3 is a Must!

    To receive a passing grade for the semester, the student must earn a passing grade in :

    1. Both quarter grading periods, or
    2. One quarter grading period and the semester examination.

    All Grades Aren’t Equal!

    Each quarter grade equals 37.5 percent of the final semester grade.  The final exam grade equals 25 percent. Add up the total points for each quarter and the semester exam using the table below.

Letter Grade Quarter Points Semester Exam Points
A 12 8
B+ 9.3 6.2
B 9 6
C+ 6.3 4.2
C 6 4
D+ 3.3 2.2
D 3 2
F or I 0 0
  • Once you have your total points, use the table below to see your final semester grade.

Total Points Final Semester Grade
28.00 or above points A
24.50 through 27.99 B+
20.00 through 24.49 B
16.50 through 19.99 C+
12.00 through 16.49 C
8.50 through 11.99 D+
5.00 through 8.49 D
Below 5.00 points F
  • Year-long Courses with a State EOC Exam (Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, US History)

    Some high school courses are year-long courses and do not issue a grade at the end of a semester, but issue a grade at the end of the year once the student has taken the EOC state exam.  The following courses are year-long courses: Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, and US History, or their equivalent.

    For year-long courses that require the EOC to count as 30% of the final course grade, add up the total points for all of the grades in that course, including the four quarter grades, the midterm and the EOC exam using the table below.

    Grading Scale

Letter Grade 1st Qtr Points 2nd Qtr Points Midterm Points 3rd Qtr Points 4th Qtr Points EOC Points
A 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.6 0.6 1.2
B+ 0.525 0.525 0.35 0.525 0.525 N/A
B 0.45 0.45 0.3 0.45 0.45 0.9
C+ 0.375 0.375 0.25 0.375 0.375 N/A
C 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.6
D+ 0.225 0.225 0.15 0.225 0.225 N/A
D 0.15 0.15 0.1 0.15 0.15 0.3
F 0 0 0 0 0 N/A

1st Quarter grade = 15%

2nd Quarter grade = 15%

Midterm Exam = 10%

3rd Quarter grade = 15%

4th Quarter grade = 15%

Grade for the EOC = 30%

  • Once you have added the total points from the table above, use that number to find the final course grade using the table below.

    Total Points for Final Grades

Letter Grade Total Points
A 3.70 - 4.00
B+ 3.39 - 3.69
B 2.68 - 3.38
C+ 2.37 - 2.67
C 1.66 - 2.36
D+ 1.35 - 1.65
D 0.64 - 1.34
F 0.30 - 0.63
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Grade Point Average is calculated by dividing the quality points by the credits attempted.   A quality point is the numerical value assigned to the letter grade.

    Unweighted (State GPA): This GPA includes all high school courses taken in middle school. No additional quality points are given for honors, AP, IB, AICE or Dual Enrollment. No additional quality points are given for plus (+) grades. This is the GPA used for Graduation purposes (2.0) and for Athletic Eligibility.

Letter Grade Numerical Quality Points
Per ½ Credit
Quality Points
Per 1.0 Credit
A 90-100 2.0 4.0
B+ 87-89 1.5 3.0
B 80-86 1.5 3.0
C+ 77-79 1.0 2.0
C 70-76 1.0 2.0
D+ 67-69 0.5 1.0
D 60-66 0.5 1.0
F 0-59 0 0
I N/A 0 0

Weighted (District GPA): The cumulative, weighted average of grade points earned in all high school courses. This GPA is used to determine class ranking. Additional quality points are given for honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, AICE and dual enrollment courses. Additional points are given for plus (+) grades.

  • Honors Courses to Receive Quality Points: All courses, which are honors, including pre-AICE or pre-IB, shall carry one additional quality point per full credit. An additional quality point may not be earned in honors class if the grade received is below a C.
  • Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), International Baccalaureate  (IB) and Dual Enrollment (DE) courses to Receive Quality Points: All classes that are AP, AICE, IB or DE shall receive two quality points per full credit if, the grade received is C or above. Students will be required to take the AP, AICE, and/or the IB examination in order to receive two quality points. If a student elects not to take the AP, AICE, and/or IB examination, he/she will receive one quality point for a grade of C.

Honors and AP/IB/AICE?DE Points for Weighted GPA

Letter Grade Numerical Quality Points
Per ½ Credit
Quality Points
Per 1.0 Credit
AP, AICE, IB, DE Points
Per ½ Credit
AP, AICE, IB, DE Points
Per 1.0 Credit
A 90-100 2.5 5.0 3.0 6.0
B+ 87-89 2.3 4.5 2.75 5.5
B 80-86 2.0 4.0 2.5 5.0
C+ 77-79 1.8 3.5 2.25 4.5
C 70-76 1.5 3.0 2.0 4.0
D+ 67-69 0.8 1.5 0.75 1.5
D 60-66 0.5 1.0 0.5 1.0
F 0-59 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
I N/A 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
  • Academic Core GPA: The average of all academic college core courses completed using an additional .5 quality point for each full credit course for honors, AP, IB, AICE, or DE. No extra weight is given to plusses. English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Languages are included in this GPA.

    Academic Core Points for Core GPA

Letter Grade Numerical Quality Points Per ½ Credit Regular Quality Points Per 1.0 Credit Regular Quality Points Per ½ Credit Honors, AP, AICE, IB, DE Quality Points Per 1.0 Credit Honors, AP, AICE, IB, DE
A 90-100 2.0 4.0 2.3 4.5
B+ 87-89 1.5 3.0 1.8 3.5
B 80-86 1.5 3.0 1.8 3.5
C+ 77-79 1.0 2.0 1.3 2.5
C 70-76 1.0 2.0 1.3 2.5
D+ 67-69 0.5 1.0 0.8 1.5
D 60-66 0.5 1.0 0.8 1.5
F 0-59 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
I N/A 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
  • Bright Futures Scholarship GPA: A weighted scale is applied to state honors, AP, IB, AICE and DE courses. Students would receive 0.5 additional quality points for each full credit and .25 additional quality points for each half-credit in honors, AP, IB, AICE or DE.   An unweighted scale is applied to career preparatory courses. All courses can be found in the Bright Futures Comprehensive Course Code Table at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf. Local Honors courses do not receive additional quality points. Also, the (+) grade is not recognized by Bright Futures.

Letter Grade Numerical Quality Points Per ½ Credit Regular Quality Points Per 1.0 Credit Regular Quality Points Per ½ Credit Honors, AP, AICE, IB, DE Quality Points Per 1.0 Credit Honors, AP, AICE, IB, DE
A 90-100 2.0 4.0 2.3 4.5
B+ 87-89 1.5 3.0 1.8 3.5
B 80-86 1.5 3.0 1.8 3.5
C+ 77-79 1.0 2.0 1.3 2.5
C 70-76 1.0 2.0 1.3 2.5
D+ 67-69 0.5 1.0 0.8 1.5
D 60-66 0.5 1.0 0.8 1.5
F 0-59 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
I N/A 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
  • Grade Forgiveness Rule

    For high school students, forgiveness for required courses shall be limited to replacing a grade of D, F, or I with a grade of C or higher, earned subsequently in the same or comparable course. Forgiveness for elective courses shall be limited to replacing a grade of D, F, or I with a grade of C or higher earned subsequently by retaking another course. The student’s record, however, will show all courses taken. All forgiveness courses and grades must be included on a student’s transcript as an accurate reflection of a student’s record of achievement.

    Grade Averaging

    For the purpose of graduation, grade averaging of the two semesters for a year-long course will be permitted when one is a failing grade and the other grade is C or higher.

    • In order to qualify for grade averaging the student must meet the following criteria in that course:
      • Earn an F in one semester and a C or higher in the other semester
      • In the semester where the F was earned the student must have a C or higher on the semester exam and less than 5 unexcused absences during that semester.

    Interims and Report Cards

    Interim Reports

    • Interim reports indicate if a student is having difficulties.
    • No later than midway between marking periods, an interim report shall be sent to parents

    Report Cards

    • Report cards are issued at the end of every marking period and cover a period of approximately 45 school days.

    Honor Roll

    Each school determines Honor Roll criteria for students. Check with your child’s school counselor for honor roll information.

    High School Exams and Exam Exemptions

    Semester examinations for a course shall be scheduled and administered in accordance with the guidelines provided by the District.

    Exam Exemptions

    • A student may be exempt from the midterm and/or final exams in a high school course under the following criteria:
      • The student earns a grade of “B” or better in all marking periods of the respective high school course during the semester of the exemption.
      • The student may waive eligible midterms or final exams for up to one-half all high school or higher level courses on the student’s regular school day schedule
      • AP/IB/AICE midterm exams cannot be exempted; however, the student may exempt the final exam. Teachers are encouraged to give an alternative assessment in lieu of a traditional final exam.
      • Dual enrollment midterm and final exams may not be exempted.
      • The statewide, standardized EOC assessments, required by statute, are not eligible for exemption; however, the student may exempt the midterm exam.

    Midterm and/or final exams cannot be retroactively exempted once the student takes the exam.

Contact Information

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