# Transcript Help: Do you give a higher GPA for honors courses?

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I know 4.0 is an A, but what if the course is an honors course. Do you give higher gpa's?

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No, I do not weight grades.

I explain this on the transcript.

Many colleges unweight the grades anyway and calculate their own GPA.

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Many colleges do not use the GPA at all. Instead the give a score to the overall transcript based on how challenging the course load has been, and they use class rank as a the score indicating how well the student did.

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I just list both weighted and unweighted GPA on the transcript.

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Here is how our local PS calculates weighted grades. Honors A = 5.0. I list both weighted and unweighted on ds's transcript. That way, whoever looks at it can do what they will with the information.

In our county, they recognize student athletes with high GPAs:

As an official homeschooler, it is more difficult to collect various awards and recognitions for college applications. This is the reason I show both GPAs.

HTH!

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I know 4.0 is an A, but what if the course is an honors course. Do you give higher gpa's?

Isn't "gpa" the average of *all* the courses, not just one? :confused:

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Isn't "gpa" the average of *all* the courses, not just one? :confused:

From what I am seeing, (and I could be wrong) each course has it's own gpa and then you add those together and multiply by the number of courses for a cumulative gpa.

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From what I am seeing, (and I could be wrong) each course has it's own gpa and then you add those together and multiply by the number of courses for a cumulative gpa.

No, each course has its own course grade, typically a letter grade, which can be converted to a corresponding number grade.

GPA means grade point average - to average, you need more than one.

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No, each course has its own course grade, typically a letter grade, which can be converted to a corresponding number grade.

GPA means grade point average - to average, you need more than one.

Exactly, although typically, an A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=1 point. I guess an A in an honor course could be 5 points. Those points are added up and then averaged: Grade Point Average.

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No, each course has its own course grade, typically a letter grade, which can be converted to a corresponding number grade.

GPA means grade point average - to average, you need more than one.

While I didn't word it this way, this is what I meant. I assigned letter grades and then converted them on my daughters transcripts.

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I didn't, because different colleges weight differently. Dd's transcript stated her unweighted GPA only.

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I didn't, either. From the reading list provided, they could figure out which courses were honors level pretty well. I did provide a grading scale for clarity, but didn't weight courses differently.

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We put a weighted GPA and an unweighted GPA on our transcripts (by year and cumulative)--with a small box that indicated the grading and weighting scales. Our weighting of honors/AP/CC courses followed the weighting parameters of the schools in our area. Good luck! :001_smile:

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I was just mucking about with my son's transcript a couple of days ago, and pondering this question (again). I've decided to list just the unweighted GPA, labelled as such, but to emphasize which classes are honors level. (Note: I'm calling things "honors" only when there's clear, outside verification of that. If it's an FLVS course, for example, and he completed the official honors track.)

So, the English section lists: English I, Honors English III, Creative Writing, Shakespeare, etc.

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I didn't weigh grades. I explained what made it "honors" in my course descriptions.

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I elected not to weight any of my daughter's grades. She had a variety of AP (online and out of the home) and community college classes in addition to those classes she took at home; in each case I valued each A as 4.0 in calculating her grade point average. I stated on the transcript that her GPA was unweighted.

Regards,

Kareni

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