High school semester grade point average (GPA) refers to the GPA over a particular semester.
How is it different from core, weighted, unweighted, or cumulative GPA?
- Your cumulative GPA is your grade point average for all completed High School semesters.
- Your unweighted & weighted GPA’s is used to define your semester GPA.
- Your core high school GPA is your commutative unweighted GPA not including classes in fine arts or personal skills.
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How is your High School semester GPA calculated?
Since all high school classes are worth the same credit, you take the average GPA of all the classes you took for a particular semester / the number of classes.
Your semester GPA can be weighted and unweighted.
- Unweighted Semester 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.
- Weighted Semester 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 currently in 10th-grade and are trying to calculate your High School GPA for the semester.
|10th Grade Fall Semester|
|Class||Grade||Unweighted Points||Weighted Points||Core GPA|
|Hon Algebra 2||A||4||5||4|
|AP US History||B||3||4||3|
GPA = Total Points / Total Classes
High School Semester Unweighted GPA:
- 20 / 6 = 3.33 semester unweighted GPA
High School Semester Weighted GPA:
- 22 / 6 = 3.66 semester weighted GPA
High School Semester Core GPA: (The GPA Colleges Care About!)
- 16/ 5 = 3.2 semester core GPA
Remember, as shared in how to calculate high school GPA.
Colleges rarely look at your:
- Weighted GPA
- Non-core high school classes.
They care mostly about your cumulative 9th – 11th-grade unweighted GPA.
Therefore, when calculating your semester GPA, we recommend you omit non-core classes, don’t worry about the weighted GPA, and include past semesters to also determine your cumulative GPA.
If your high school semester or cumulative GPA is lower than a 3.7 GPA, check out our 5 free tips to raise or improve your high school GPA!
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