Monday, December 11, 2017

Weighted Grades

article by : Zoe Steward & Gabriella Aubut
edited by : Katelyn Dearborn

Do you ever bother to look at those emails that Principal Hand sends at the end of the week? Why check them? They won’t affect you, right? WRONG! It may be hard to understand what is said, but what is said does affect you.

On November 15th, 2017, Principal Hand sent out an email to all of the Massabesic High School students and staff. The email was titled “Follow-up from 11.13.17 Parent Forum”. As I was skimming through the attached document, two words stuck out to me: weighted grades. As soon as I saw those two words, I was thrilled. I was even more ecstatic when I saw that it was under the “Immediate Action” section.

To most people, this may not mean anything - or they may not understand it. Heck, if it wasn’t for trading my study hall for APEX: College and Career Prep, I wouldn’t have known what it meant either. For those of you in AP (Advanced Placement), Accelerated, International Baccalaureate, or Dual Enrollment classes, this will affect you.

So many of you may be wondering what weighted grades are. Typically, our school’s GPA (Grade Point Average) scale ranges from 0 to 4.0, but weighted grades will boost the GPA of students in AP, Advanced, or Dual Enrollment courses.

Of course, this is to be excited about, because I’m in four Accelerated classes, so this was a huge opportunity to boost my GPA. It was nice to hear this, but there wasn’t much information about this at the time.

On November 22nd, Principal Hand sent out another email with four attached documents. The first attached document told us what percentage of your grade would be added to your GPA, but it only affected people taking AP courses and Accelerated Courses.

At first, I thought that that was it, but on November 29th, yet another email was sent out with five documents attached. The first one contained the percentage for a weighted GPA, but this time Dual Enrollment courses were included.

The document states that for AP Courses, you could get 10% of your grade added to your GPA, which mean you could get up to a 4.4 as your GPA in that class, and the same went for Dual Enrollment classes. Unfortunately, Accelerated classes only have the opportunity for 5% of their grade to be added to their GPA, getting them the ability to get a 4.2, but at least it’s a start.

Even if you’re not in AP, Accelerated, or Dual Enrollment courses this year, you could be next year. You should always strive to do your best, so you should consider trying to get into one of these classes in the future because now you have the chance to give yourself a chance for a higher GPA. It could even get you into a better college.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ms. Steward & Ms. Aubut,

    So far as I am aware, the classes currently weighted by the RSU#57 district are Advanced Placement classes and International Baccalaureate courses (which are distinct in and of themselves). In fact, another article discussing the same general topic cites these facts. I am unsure whether this is a miscommunication of research or a general mistake, but it leaves a reader such as myself with several questions.


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