Policies and Procedures Handbook


Last Updated: 7/25/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
(301)334-8900

Cumulative Grade Averages;
Graduation Status; Class Rank; and
College Admissions/Scholarships

Administrative Procedures

  1. CUMULATIVE GRADE AVERAGES (unweighted)

    Cumulative unweighted grade averages will be computed for all students at the end of the junior year (grade 11) and at the end of each semester of the senior year (grade 12). However, schools may choose to compute cumulative grade averages on a more frequent basis. The following procedure will be used to calculate cumulative unweighted grade averages:

    A.  Only those courses for which the school recognizes credits will be considered.
    B.  Grades used in the calculation will be final grades (excluding pass/fail credit courses) as recorded on    

         the permanent record card. Semester grades will be used for the calculation at the end of first semester

         of the senior year. In the event final grades are not awarded at the end of the first semester of the senior

         year, semester grades will be used to calculate the cumulative unweighted grade averages.
    C.  Cumulative unweighted grade averages will be calculated at the end of the junior year and at the end

         of both semesters of the senior year, or the year in which the student graduates.
    D.  Calculation Procedure

        1.   Total all grades earned in all credit classes (excluding pass/fail credit courses) whether the student

              received the credit or not.

    1. Divide by the number of credit classes attempted. Carry all calculations out to the second (2nd) decimal place and then round to the nearest first (1st) decimal place.
    2. The result will be an average unweighted percentage grade for credit course work (excluding pass/fail credit courses) attempted.

  2. CLASS RANK AND CUMULATIVE GRADE AVERAGES (weighted)

Cumulative weighted grade averages will be used to determine class rank. Cumulative weighted grade averages will be based on a "weighted 100%" system. The following procedure will be used to calculate cumulative weighted grade averages:

                    A.  Only those courses for which the school recognizes credits (excluding pass/fail credit courses)

                          will be considered.
                    B.  Grades used in the calculation will be final grades (excluding pass/fail credit courses) as

                          recorded on the permanent record card. Semester grades will be used for the calculation at the

                          end of first semester of the senior year. In the event final grades are not awarded at the end of

                          the first semester of the senior year, semester grades will be used to calculate the cumulative

                          weighted grade averages.
                    C.  Cumulative weighted grade averages will be calculated at the end of the junior year and at the

                         end of both semesters of the senior year, or the year in which the student graduates.
                    D.  Calculation Procedure
                         1. Total all grades (percentages) including extra percentage points from weighted courses earned

                            in all credit classes (excluding pass/fail credit courses) whether the student received the credit

                            or not.
                         2. Divide by the number of credit classes (excluding pass/fail credit courses) attempted. Carry all

                            calculation out to the second (2nd) decimal place and then round to the nearest first (1st)

                            decimal place.
                         3. The result will be an average A weighted@ percentage grade for all credit courses (excluding

                             pass/fail credit courses) work attempted.
                    E. Course Weights

                        Merit courses and honors courses shall carry extra weight in the determination of class rank and

                        weighted GPA. Only courses designated as merit or honors in the GCBOE Student Education

                        Planning Guide shall be considered. Honors courses shall also include Advanced Placement

                        courses and college-level courses offered by the Garrett County Public Schools.

    1. Merit Courses - All merit courses shall be awarded a weight of five (5) extra percentage points for the purpose of determining class rank and weighted GPA. For example, if a student earns a final average of 92% in an English Merit class, the students average would be treated as a 97%. The students average would still be 92% for the course and would appear as such on the report card and the transcript.

    2. Honors Courses - All honors courses shall be awarded a weight of ten (10) extra percentage points for the purpose of determining class rank and weighted GPA. For example, if a student earns a final average of 89% in an Advanced Placement Biology class, the students average would be treated as a 99%. The students average would still be 89% for the course and would appear as such on the report card and the transcript.

III. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS/SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

        A. The cumulative unweighted and weighted grade average and/or class rank will be provided when it is

            requested by eligible parties as a requirement for admission or scholarship.
        B. The class rank of students will be based upon the cumulative weighted grade averages outlined in Section

            II. Class rank will be determined by the student= s relative standing with respect to all other students at

            the same grade level in the school. The student/s with the highest cumulative weighted grade average will

            be ranked first.

IV. GARRETT COUNTY CERTIFICATE of MERIT PROGRAM

Merit Program Criteria:

Those students eligible for merit certificate status shall obtain a minimum of :

    A. 12 merit and/or honor credits (1 foreign language credit);
    B. a weighted cumulative grade average of 80% or above including all credit classes attempted in grades 9

        through 12; and
    C. maintain full-time equivalent enrollment status or be enrolled in an approved alternative program.

V. HONOR GRADUATE STATUS

Honor Graduate Criteria:

Those students eligible for honor graduate status shall obtain a minimum of :

    A. 25 credits of course work;
    B. 15 merit and/or honor credits (2 credits same foreign language and algebra II);
    C. a weighted cumulative grade average of 90% or above including all credit classes (excluding pass/fail credit

        courses) attempted in grades 9 through 12; and
    D. maintain full-time equivalent enrollment status or be enrolled in an approved alternative program.

VI. VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

The valedictorian and salutatorian awards are given to the scholars with the highest overall cumulative weighted grade averages, and who qualify for the Garrett County Public School Honor Graduate status. The valedictory award will be given to the student possessing the highest cumulative weighted grade average, and the salutatory award will be given to the student possessing the second highest cumulative weighted grade average. Determination for these awards will be made after all course work is completed and final grades are posted. In case of a tie for either award duplicate or multiple awards will be made. In order to be eligible for valedictorian and salutatorian awards a students must maintain full-time equivalent enrollment status.

VII. LETTER GRADE CONVERSION

Any student who transfers into Garrett County Public Schools from a system which does not use percentage grades will have his/her letter grades converted to the numerical equivalent based on the following scale:

 

 

Letter Grade

Numerical Equivalent

A

95%

B

85%

C

75%

D

65%

E or F

50%


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