Grading Standards & GPA
Grades and credits are recorded on the Park City High School transcript quarterly. The student’s official grade point average (GPA) is calculated on a quarterly basis, after final quarter grades are recorded on the student’s transcript. The GPA is determined by converting letter grades to a numerical grade point value. GPA is officially rounded to the thousandth (x.xxx).
A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3
D = 1.0
D- = 0.7
F = 0.0
Advanced Placement (AP) courses earning a letter grade of C- or better are awarded additional GPA weight of +.0125 per course, per quarter, added to the student’s cumulative GPA. This is called the Weighted Cumulative GPA. AP Labs and Honors courses are not weighted.
Not all courses earn a letter grade. The following grade designations are excluded from the GPA calculation: Pass (P), No Grade (NG), No Credit (NC), Incomplete (I), Withdraw-Pass (WP) and Withdraw-Fail (WF).
How to Calculate GPA:
GPA can be calculated by quarter, by grade level, and cumulatively. Convert your letter grades (A-F) to their numerical grade point values. Add all the grade points together. Divide the grade point total by the total number of letter grades. GPA is rounded to the thousandth (x.xxx). Examples:
- Student earns 8 letter grades: 3.7 + 4.0 + 3.7 + 3.3 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.3 = 27.0 total / 8 letter grades = 3.375 GPA
- Student earns 7 letter grades and one Pass (P): 3.7 + 4.0 + 3.7 + 3.3 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 = 23.7 total / 7 letter grades = 3.386 GPA. P’s do not count in GPA.
- Student earns 8 letter grades, including one quarter AP grade of B+: 3.7 + 4.0 + 3.7 + 3.3 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.0 + 3.3 = 27.0 total / 8 letter grades = 3.375 GPA + .0125 for AP = 3.388 Weighted GPA. Note: AP weight is only added to the cumulative GPA.
- Park City High School must receive an OFFICIAL signed and stamped transcript DIRECTLY from the school. We will not accept transcripts from students or parents, unless they are received in an unopened envelope that was sealed, signed and stamped/embossed by an official at the sending school.
Cumulative GPA is calculated by totaling the grade points for all letter grades earned throughout grades 9-12, then divide that total by the total number of letter grades earned throughout grades 9-12.
Honor Roll qualification is calculated after PCHS and Utah Students Connect (UTSC) grades are recorded each quarter (approx. 2 weeks after our quarter ends). Honor Roll is based on the simple quarter GPA (not weighted). Honor Roll is 3.50-3.69 GPA. High Honor Roll is 3.70-4.00 GPA.
Transfer Grades and Outside Credits:
Park City High School is obligated to accept high school credits, earned during grades 9-12, from other educational institutions reflecting the appropriate accreditation. When in doubt, verify with Cognia or ask your Counselor. An official transcript and information from the school must reflect the accrediting agency. Park City High School reserves the right to deny credits that are not properly accredited or approved.
Grades and credits from other accredited schools are transcribed onto the student’s Park City High School transcript under the year and term in which they were completed and with the letter grade or percent translation as awarded by the other school. Transfer grades are calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA using the PCHS Grading Standard grade point values. GPA weight is added for qualifying AP grades only (we do not add weight for Honors, IB, Pre-AP, or CE courses).
Students who fail any of their core graduation requirement classes (earn an F in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE, etc.) must make up those failed grades in order to graduate. PCHS provides opportunities for credit remediation during the school year, and may provide opportunities during the summer break. Students may also remediate credits through accredited online courses. Students should meet with their Counselor to learn about their remediation options.
Grade Replacement Policy:
The Park City Board of Education acknowledges that students in grades 9-12 might desire to or be required to repeat a course for various reasons. The three primary reasons to repeat a course include: (1) Remediation—for students who failed a course and repeat it to earn passing credit toward graduation requirements, (2) Grade improvement—for students who repeat an entire course to improve their letter grade, and (3) Additional credit—for students enroll in additional units of credit to further their understanding and skills (i.e. band or journalism). For information and specific requirements, meet with your Counselor and refer to PCSD Policy 10036–Grade Replacement Policy for Grades 9-12.