I hope everyone had a great Christmas!! I spent last week hanging out with my family
and enjoying some time off. We went for
a beautiful hike on the beach, ate more food than I should have eaten, and just
sat and talked about our lives.

With school coming back in session, some of you are starting
to wonder about your grades. Some
schools just finished their fall semester, and some have midterms or finals
coming up. Today I’m going to help you
find your GPA.

**How to calculate your GPA**

The first way to find out your GPA is to go to your guidance
councilor and ask them. They usually
have the tools to check prospective GPA’s too.
That means they can see “what if’s”.
For example, “what if I get a C in math, will I still have above a 3.0
and be eligible for ASB?”

If you’re going to calculate your GPA, you first need to
know how many points each grade is rewarded.
Here are two different examples:

College Example
A = 4.00 grade points
A- = 3.70 grade points B+ = 3.33 grade points B = 3.00 grade points B- = 2.70 grade points C+ = 2.30 grade points C = 2.00 grade points C- = 1.70 grade points D+ = 1.30 grade points D = 1.00 grade points D- = 0.70 grade points WF/F=0 grade points |
High School Example
A+, A, A- = 4.00 grade
points
B+, B, B- = 3.00 grade points C+, C, C- = 2.00 grade points D+, D, D- = 1.00 grade points WF/F=0 grade points AP Courses (sometimes Honors)
A+, A, A- = 5.00 grade
points
B+, B, B- = 4.00 grade points C+, C, C- = 3.00 grade points D+, D, D- = 2.00 grade points WF/F=0 grade points |

If you don’t know what your school uses, you can ask your
guidance councilor or look at your most recent report card. Once you know which grading scale is used,
write out all of your previous grades, the grade point equivalent, and how many
credits each is worth. Some schools have normal classes as 1 credit and small
electives as 0.5 credits, some have normal classes as 5 credits and small
electives as 2.5 credits, and some courses (usually college) determine on the
number of hours of class each week (any where from 1 to 5).

Your list might look something like this if you’re in high
school:

Guess you won’t make that honor roll…

Here is a college example:

Interesting that the same grades in college get you a lower
GPA. This is because of how the credits
are weighted.

If you want to estimate what your GPA would be “if…” then
put in those “if’s” and see what happens!

Here is

__a FREE worksheet and excel file on Teachers Pay Teachers__that I’ve created for calculating GPA.
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