Grade Point Average (GPA) and Rank
KISD Board Policy-GPA and Rank
Keller ISD Counseling has listened to parent, student, and community feedback regarding the recent changes in the GPA policy. In response to this feedback and in partnership with our community, beginning in January 2022, a standard unweighted GPA will be calculated for all graduating classes (Class of 2022 and beyond) and posted on the student transcript. The table used to calculate this standard unweighted GPA is shown below. Please note that this change does not affect the weighted GPA or student rank calculations.
By aligning the unweighted GPA to a national standard that is more readily recognizable, colleges, universities, and scholarship committees are better able to make determinations regarding admission and financial aid. The standard unweighted GPA will be calculated using every course a student takes for high school credit, including those taken in middle school. Exceptions to this are those courses that receive a Pass/Fail grade.
The KISD Weighted GPA policy will remain the same. Weighted GPA scales are not designed to be positive or negative, they serve as an individual measurement of student performance for internal, local purposes such as class rank and local graduation honors. Some students and families may notice that their standard unweighted GPA is now higher than their weighted GPA. This is due to the limited number of courses used to calculate weighted GPA as well as varying scales.
KISD counselors will report the standard unweighted GPA on college applications for all students going forward. The official transcript will show both the weighted and the standard unweighted GPA. Students that have already submitted transcripts to colleges and universities may choose to re-send their documents in light of this new calculation.
All coursework is important, regardless of weight. Students should take courses that align with their interests and future career goals. Colleges and universities look for well-rounded students who have attempted and successfully completed the most rigorous coursework available to them, participated in service learning or volunteer opportunities, and have taken part in extracurricular activities such as athletics, band, or other student activities.
For questions, please reach out to your student’s campus counselor.
Standard Unweighted GPA Conversion
*Grades below 70 are not calculated into the GPA