Weighted Grades for High School Students
High school transcripts for Wichita Public Schools students will now reflect a Weighted Grade Point Average, or Weighted GPA. Weighted GPA gives more weight or value within the overall GPA to more rigorous courses like advanced placement, IB and honors courses. As admissions to colleges and universities across the country, as well as scholarship applications, begin removing the requirement for a standardized test score like the ACT or SAT, it is important for our Wichita Public School graduates to be able to compete for these post-secondary opportunities by having a Weighted GPA on their transcript.
At this time, a student's unweighted GPA will continue to be used to determine valedictorian, salutatorian and class rank.
Traditionally, an A is worth 4 points towards your GPA. Earning an A in a course that is weighted gives you more points towards your overall weighted GPA than earning an A in a course that is not weighted. Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses weigh a full point more than regular courses. This means an A in an AP course is 5 points towards a weighted GPA instead of 4. Honors and PreIB courses earn an extra half point on your weighted GPA. This means a B in an Honors course earns 3.5 points instead of 3 points toward your weighted GPA.