2 Practical Ways to Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Here are 2 practical ways to figure GPA on the homeschool transcript.

2 Practical Ways to Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

2 Practical Ways to Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Homeschool parents send us this question: How do I determine my homeschool high schooler’s GPA?

If you’ve been worrying about this, take heart: It is not that hard.

The first thing you need to know is that there is not ONE right way to assign a GPA. We’ll share 2 practical ways.

Step 1: Determine which percentage points determine the letter grades

This is important because you need the letter grade to figure the GPA. (Also, college applications often ask this.)

You get to decide this; there is not a standard.

A simple method (This is the method used by the homeschool umbrella school that the 7Sisters’s homeschoolers have attended. It is based on several decades of observing student capabilities and college admissions.):

  • Lowest A= 92
  • Lowest B= 82
  • Lowest C= 73

A more complex method could be:

  • Lowest A+= 97
  • Lowest A=    93
  • Lowest A-=  90
  • Lowest B+= 87
  • Lowest B=    83
  • Lowest B-=  80
  • Lowest C+= 77
  • Lowest C=    73
  • Lowest C-=  70
  • Lowest D+= 67
  • Lowest D=    63
  • Lowest D-=  60

(I personally don’t recommend allowing a homeschool high schooler any credit for a grade lower than a C-. There cannot be mastery of a subject with a low grade. I would have the student re-take the course. This, however, is a matter of opinion.)

You may be wondering about *weighting* the Grade Points. Here is a post that explains.

Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Step 2: Assign a Grade Point to each course

Again, the simple method (used by the homeschool umbrella school that the 7Sisters’s homeschoolers have attended):

  • Lowest A= 92= 4
  • Lowest B= 82= 3
  • Lowest C= 73= 2

Again, the more complex method could be. (These is no set standard for Grade Points, there are many variations.)

  • Lowest A+= 97=4.0
  • Lowest A=    93=3.8
  • Lowest A-=  90=3.6
  • Lowest B+= 87=3.4
  • Lowest B=    83=3.2
  • Lowest B-=  80=3.0
  • Lowest C+= 77=2.8
  • Lowest C=    73=2.4
  • Lowest C-=  70=2.0
  • Lowest D+= 67=1.8
  • Lowest D=    63=1.4
  • Lowest D-=  60=1.0

Step 3: Assign the amount of credit earned to each course on the transcript

Use this post to help you determine the number of credits.

Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Step 4: Figure the GPA

This is simple math. You are simply going to average of the Grade Points. Do this by:

  1. Adding together all the Grade Points earned in a year.
  2. Adding the number of credits earned in a year.
  3. Dividing the Grade Points by the number of credits earned.

At our umbrella school, we only counted the core courses as part of the GPA. The course courses are:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies/Histories
  • Sciences
  • World Languages

Here’s an example, Sally’s 9th grade core courses looked like this:

  • American Literature 1 credit, A grade, 4 GP
  • Algebra I                      1 credit, B grade, 3 GP
  • American History      1 credit, A grade, 4 GP
  • Physical Science         1 credit, A grade, 4 GP
  • Spanish I                      1 credit, A grade, 4 GP

Sally’s total GP was 19. She earned 5 credits.

19/5=3.8

Remember, there’s not one right way to figure the GPA, so do what is best for your family. Our college-bound teens have done fine with the simple method, but the more complex one may be more suitable for your family. Either way, you will probably be explaining your methodology on the college application (or the *counselor* portion of the application).

 

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2 Practical Ways to Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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