Academic Honors

ACADEMIC HONORS
 

Grade Point Average and Class Rank

Grade Point Average or GPA is cumulative over the student’s academic high school career. Pope John XXIII High School does not rank its students. However, the top 10% will be identified, as well as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
 

GRADING SCALE (from 2008-09 forward)
The following scale is used at Pope John XXIII High School:
 

 
  Grade   Regular   Pre-AP / AP
  A   90  - 100   4.0   5.0
  B   80  -  89   3.0   4.0
  C   70  -  79   2.0   3.0
  D   65  -  69   1.0   2.0
  F   Below 65   0   0
                            
 
P/F:  Designated “Pass” (credit) or “Fail” (no credit) in special classes and not computed in determining overall grade point average. 

I – Incomplete:  When a deficiency in course requirements exists, all work must be completed or corrected before credit is awarded.  Students have three weeks from the date of issuance of the report card to resolve incomplete grades.  Incompletes may not be issued without Administrative approval. An incomplete grade received in the spring semester must be resolved by the end of the third week in the fall semester.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact the teacher in order to fulfill requirements for revoking an incomplete grade.  An incomplete grade not removed in this time period will be recorded as a grade of F.   
 


GRADE POINT AVERAGE
 
The grade point average (GPA) is determined using the standard 4.0 system.  Bonus points are given for Honors, Pre-AP, and AP courses.  The GPA is calculated as follows:

  1. A point value is assigned to each semester grade according to TABLE I – GPA Computation Data.  Point value for the course is multiplied by the credits earned for that course.  Add the resulting decimal igures; the total is the quality points earned for that semester.
  2. The sum of the quality points earned is divided by the number of credits attempted for that semester.  The result is the grade point average (GPA) for that semester.
  3. Quality points for each semester are accumulated from the freshman year and divided by the total of the attempted credits to date.  This computation gives you the cumulative GPA which can be found on the report card.  The quarterly GPA is not listed on the report card, only the semester GPA.  (Summer school grades and credits are not used for the computation of GPA. However, the courses are reflected in the accumulated credits earned.)  The cumulative GPA, as described above, is not the basis for determining rank in class.

TABLE I  --  GPA COMPUTATION DATA
 
From 2008-2009 Forward          Regular            Pre-AP/AP
 
90 – 100                                          4.0                   5.0
80 – 89                                            3.0                   4.0
70 – 79                                            2.0                   3.0
65 – 69                                            1.0                   2.0
Below 65                                         0.0                   0.0
 
 
GPA2

GPA2 is a method for determining class rank for Valedictorian and Salutatorian and top 10% in class which more closely discriminates between the differences in grades than does the GPA computation process. 
 

Weight is given to the grade according to the numerical value of that grade with a bonus given for Pre-AP and AP courses.  For this calculation: 

  1. Assign a point value to each semester grade according to TABLE II – GPA2 Computation Data.  Point values for each course are multiplied by the number of credits earned for that course.  Add the resulting decimal figures; the total is the quality points earned for that semester.
  2. The cumulative GPA2 is derived by finding the sum of the quality points earned, and then dividing by the number of credits attempted to date.  The resulting figures are placed in rank order.  (Summer school grades and credits are not used in these computations.)
  3. GPA2 will be used to determine Valedictorian and Salutatorian and will be calculated 3 decimal places (e.g. 4.543).
  4. Rank in class will be reported in quintiles.  In addition, the top 5 and the top 10 percent of the class will be designated. 

 TABLE II – GPA2 COMPUTATION DATA

Grade              Point Value                Pre-AP/AP Point Value
100                  4.0                               5.0
99                    4.0                               5.0
98                    3.9                               4.9
97                    3.8                               4.8
96                    3.7                               4.7
95                    3.6                               4.6
94                    3.5                               4.5
93                    3.4                               4.4
92                    3.3                               4.3
91                    3.2                               4.2
90                    3.1                               4.1
89                    3.0                               4.0
88                    2.9                               3.9
87                    2.8                               3.8
86                    2.7                               3.7
85                    2.6                               3.6
84                    2.5                               3.5
83                    2.4                               3.4
82                    2.3                               3.3
81                    2.2                               3.2
80                    2.1                               3.1
79                    2.0                               3.0
78                    1.9                               1.9
77                    1.8                               2.8
76                    1.7                               2.8
75                    1.6                               2.6
74                    1.5                               2.5
73                    1.4                               2.4
72                    1.3                               2.3
71                    1.2                               2.2
70                    1.1                               2.1
69                    1.0                               2.0
68                    0.8                               1.8
67                    0.6                               1.6
66                    0.4                               1.4
65                    0.2                               1.2
Below  65       0.0                               0.0

 
National Honor Society

Selection for the Pope John XXIII High School Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is an honor and a privilege. The purpose of the National Honor Society is to recognize those students who excel in academics, service, leadership, and character. In order to be eligible, a student must:
 

      1.       Have attended Pope John XXIII High School for at least one full semester
      2.       Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5
      3.       Class standing of either a junior or senior
      4.       Complete all necessary paperwork and meet established deadlines
 
Membership in the NHS is recognized nationally as one of the highest honors that a high school student can receive!
 

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