A weighted system is used to encourage students to take more challenging and rigorous courses, to reward successful completion of these classes and to determine class rank and grade point averages (GPA). Weighted GPA will determine class rank.
Courses Eligible for Weighting:
1. Each honor course will receive .5 additional weighted point provided the course is “above” and “beyond” the standard course of study.
2. Advanced Placement courses recognized by national curricula and validated with standardized assessments will receive an additional one (1) weighted point.
3. The state weighting system adds the equivalent of one (1) quality point to the grade earned in community college courses included on the most recent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Transfer List, and for courses taught at four-year universities and colleges. The high school principal and the college require prior approval.
Weights are figured as follows:
In the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, all courses for students entering high school for the first time in the fall of 2015 or later, will be designated as ‘4.0’, ‘4.5’, or ‘5.0’. Only courses designated as weighted courses are eligible to receive a designation above ‘4.0’ and have additional weighted points awarded for grades above failure. As the degree of difficultly increases from ‘4.0’ to ‘4.5’, to ‘5.0’, the number of weighted points, which can be earned for a particular grade, increases. Weights are assigned to courses in accordance with North Carolina policy GCS-L-004; GS 116-11(10a). (Refer to scale below)