... I have labeled our US History course as honors because dd took the AP exam at the end and got a 5, but our course was not approved by the College Board as AP...
Dual enrollment and AP courses (whether a College-Board approved syllabus or DIY) are usually weighted with a 5.0 grade scale for an A. Especially because you an AP test score to back up and "prove" the rigor of your DIY AP course, you can go with the weighted grade.
Honors courses are usually a "half-step" above regular courses and a "half step" below AP (which are meant to be at full college level), so they are usually weighted with a 4.5 grade scale for an A.
...Is it worth even including a weighted GPA on the transcript for that minute difference or should I just put down the unweighted 4.0? At the end of this year she will have an official AP class plus exam and a duel enrolled college class...
The AP class + exam and the dual enrolled course WILL go on her final official transcript, so that is why you want to consider weight those, even though for college acceptance and scholarships, it will not come in to play. JMO: I would weight both of those with the 5.0 grade scale, and include all grade scales (with a notation about which classes fall under which grade scale), and include a total GPA for weighted and unweighted grades. Example:
total credits: _______
total GPA (weighted): _________
total GPA (unweighted): _______
degree earned: __yes__
graduation date: ______
weighted (AP & DE) weighted (Honors) . unweighted
A = 5.0 . . . . . . . . . A = 4.5 . . . . . . . A = 4.0
B = 4.0 . . . . . . . . . B = 3.5 . . . . .. . . B = 3.0
C = 3.0 . . . . . . . . . C = 2.5 . . . . .. . . C = 2.0
D = 2.0 . . . . . . . . . D = 1.5 . . . . . . . .D = 1.0
F = 0.0 . . . . . . . . . F = 0.0 . . . . . . ..F = 0.0
And to answer your question of "is it worth it" to weight grades -- hard to say. It can make a difference for scholarships, if you don't but public schools do. If you will only have a total of 3-4 courses that would have weighted grades AND if several of those will fall in the last semester and so they will not boost the GPA for college admissions or scholarships, AND because it looks like your student will have a 4.0 score as a final cumulative GPA, then it might not be worth the extra effort. However, if you have a number of weighted grades coming earlier in the high school years, then yes, absolutely weight those more rigorous courses!
Edited by Lori D., 12 September 2017 - 12:53 PM.