Cumulative High School GPA

How to Calculate High School Cumulative GPA

High school cumulative grade point average (GPA) refers to the overall GPA over all of your completed High School semesters. 

How is it different from core, weighted, unweighted, or semester GPA?

  • Your semester GPA is your grade point average for one semester while cumulative GPA is your grade point average for all completed High School semesters.
  • Your unweighted & weighted GPA’s is used to define your cumulative GPA.
  • Your core high school GPA is your cumulative unweighted GPA not including classes in fine arts or personal skills.

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How to Calculate High School Cumulative GPA

How is your cumulative GPA calculated?

Since all high school classes are worth the same credits, you take the average GPA of all the classes you have taken so far in High School.

Your commutative GPA can be weighted and unweighted.

  1. Unweighted Cumulative GPA: GPA based on a 4.0 scale. Where an A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0; no matter if it is honors, AP, college, or regular.
  2. Weighted Cumulative GPA: GPA based on a 4.0+ scale. Where an A could count as 4.5 points or 5+ points, B = 3.5 or 4, C = 2.5 or 3, etc. for taking honors, AP, or college classes. This depends on what your high school decides.

For example, let’s say you are in fall of your 10th-grade year and you’ve received the following grades thus far:

9th-Grade Fall Semester
ClassGradeUnweighted PointsWeighted PointsCore GPA
Hon. GeometryA454
BiologyA444
Hon. English 9B343
Spanish 1A444
Physical ScienceA44N/A
World HistoryB333
Total Points222418

 

9th-Grade Spring Semester
ClassGradeUnweighted PointsWeighted PointsCore GPA
Hon. GeometryB343
BiologyA444
Hon. English 9B343
Spanish 1A444
Physical ScienceA44N/A
World HistoryB333
Total Points212317

GPA = Total Points / Total Classes

High School Cumulative Unweighted GPA: 

  • 9th-Grade Fall Semester Total Points = 22
  • 9th-Grade Spring Semester Total Points = 21
  • Total Classes = 12
  • (22+21) / 12 = 3.58 cumulative unweighted GPA

High School Cumulative Weighted GPA: 

  • 9th-Grade Fall Semester Total Points = 24
  • 9th-Grade Spring Semester Total Points = 23
  • Total Classes = 12
  • (24+23) / 12 = 3.91 cumulative weighted GPA

High School Cumulative Core GPA: (The GPA Colleges Care About!)

  • 9th-Grade Fall Semester Total Points = 18
  • 9th-Grade Spring Semester Total Points = 17
  • Total Classes = 10
  • (35+23) / 10 = 3.5 cumulative core GPA

Remember, as shared in how to calculate high school GPA. 

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When calculating your cumulative GPA, we recommend you omit non-core classes and don’t worry about the weighted GPA.

If your high school cumulative core GPA is lower than a 3.7 GPA, check out our resource with 5 free tips to raise or improve your high school GPA!

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