Class Rank and Calculating GPA

Connally Independent School District Policy
Grade Point Average (GPA) and Class Rank:

 
CALCULATION 
The District shall include in the calculation of class rank grades earned in all high school credit courses taken in grades 9–12, unless excluded below.
 

EXCLUSIONS
The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in or by physical education, athletics, JROTC I, cheerleading, drill team, a local credit course, a course for which a pass/fail grade is assigned, an assigned remediation or tutoring course, or a distance learning course.

 

WEIGHTED GRADE SYSTEM
The District shall categorize and weight courses as Advanced, Regular, and Basic in accordance with provisions of this policy.

CATEGORIES 

    
ADVANCED
COURSES

Eligible honors, Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP, and dual credit courses designated in the course catalog shall be categorized and weighted as Advanced courses.

 

REGULAR
COURSES

All other eligible courses not designated as Advanced or Basic shall be categorized and weighted as Regular courses.

 

BASIC
COURSES

Courses that have been modified by the student’s ARD committee as to the required content of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and reflected in the student’s IEP shall be categorized and weighted as Basic courses.

 

WEIGHTED GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
The District shall convert grades earned in eligible courses to grade points and shall calculate a weighted GPA in accordance with the following chart:

Grade
Average

Advanced
Courses

Regular
Courses

Basic
Courses

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

69 and below

0.0

0.0

0.0

In addition, the District shall multiply all eligible Advanced courses by 1.1 in determining the GPA on a 100-point scale.

 

TRANSFERRED
GRADES

When a student transfers grades for courses taken in another district, the District shall not assign weight to these grades for the purpose of calculating the student’s GPA, except for eligible AP courses whose content is College Board regulated.

 

LOCAL GRADUATION
HONORS

For students who entered grade 9 prior to the 2012–13 school year, class rank for the purpose of graduation shall be calculated at the end of the eighth semester.

For students entering grade 9 in the 2012–13 school year, for the purpose of determining honors to be conferred during graduation activities, the District shall calculate class rank at the end of the fifth six-week grading period of the senior year.  The average of the fourth and fifth six-week grades shall be used as the semester grade for this purpose.

For the purpose of applications to institutions of higher education, the District shall also calculate class ranking as required by state law.  The District’s eligibility criteria for local graduation honors shall apply only for local recognitions and shall not restrict class ranking for the purpose of automatic admission under state law.  [See EIC(LEGAL)]

 

VALEDICTORIAN AND
SALUTATORIAN

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second-highest ranking, respectively.  To be eligible for such recognition, a student must:0)

  1. Have been continuously enrolled in the District high school the five semesters immediately preceding graduation;

  2. Have completed the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program for graduation; and

  3. Be graduating in exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school.

 

CONDUCT
Recognition as the valedictorian or salutatorian notwithstanding, in order to be eligible to give the valedictory, salutatory, or president’s speech during the commencement ceremony, a student shall not have engaged in any serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct, including removal to a DAEP, or expulsion during the last four semesters prior to graduation.  [See FNA and the Student Code of Conduct]

 

BREAKING TIES
In case of a tie in weighted GPAs after calculation to the thousandths place, the District shall apply the following methods, in this order, to determine recognition as valedictorian or salutatorian:

  1. Compute the cumulative numerical average;

  2. Compare the number of AP courses taken by each student involved in the tie; and

  3. Compare the number of dual credit courses taken by each student involved in the tie.

If the tie is not broken after applying these methods, the District shall recognize all students involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.

 

HONOR GRADUATES
The District shall recognize as a magna cum laude graduate each student who has a grade of 93 or above for at least five honors, Pre-AP, or AP courses on his or her transcript.

The District shall recognize as a summa cum laude graduate each student who has a grade of 93 or above for at least eight honors, Pre-AP, or AP courses on his or her transcript.