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How do you know which high school classes are weighted?

Hey guys, Im kind of confused about how the whole weighting system works for certain classes in high school. Can someone explain how to figure out which classes are actually weighted and how this affects my GPA? Thanks!

7 months ago

Hello there! The way class weights work can vary by school district, but I can certainly help clarify the general process for you. Weighted classes are typically advanced courses, such as Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Dual Enrollment courses. These are considered more rigorous than standard classes and therefore are given extra 'weight' in the GPA calculation.

To determine if a class is weighted, you should check your high school's course catalog or speak with your academic counselor. Each high school has a specific list of which classes are weighted and by how much. As an example, at some schools, an A in a weighted class might be counted as a 5.0 rather than the standard 4.0. This can result in a weighted GPA that is higher than a 4.0 if you do well in those classes.

So, the effect on your GPA is that these weighted courses can raise your average, reflecting the additional challenge they represent. However, remember that when you apply to colleges, they might recalculate your GPA on their own scale, and they may or may not consider the weights your high school uses. Don't hesitate to reach out to your academic counselor for guidance specific to your school's policy. I hope this helps!

7 months ago

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