Class Rank Procedure

  • 1. Class rank will be determined by the student’s grade point average (GPA). The GPA will be cumulative in grades 9 – 12. It will award proper weight to Honors, Advanced Placement, Middle College, or courses earning a different number of credits.

    2. This system will be in place by September 2004, for all grade 9 – 12 students and junior high school students taking high school credited courses.

    3. The GPA will be based upon grades earned in the following courses beginning in grade 9:

    • All English Department courses, excluding non-credit BSI and ESL classes.
    • All Math Department courses, excluding non-credit BSI classes.
    • All Foreign Language Department courses.
    • All Science Department courses.
    • All Social Studies Department courses.
    • All other courses required for graduation.
    • Business Courses (i.e. Computer Applications, Accounting).
    • Special Education classes (i.e. resource program, inclusion). A maximum of one course per subject area, such as language arts, will be included for GPA, regardless of additional remedial/support placements.
    • ESL courses that are graded numerically.
    • Related Arts Courses (i.e. art, music, parenting, family life)
    • Physical Education/Health/Drivers Ed (One grade)
    • High School courses taken in grades 7 and/or 8. These include foreign languages, algebra and geometry.

    4. Honors, Advanced Placement and Middle College course will be weighed in the following manner:

    • Advanced Placement (AP) and Middle college courses will have ten (10) points added to the final grade. These points will be used for the calculation of GPA only and will not appear on the report card, permanent record card or transcript.
    • Honors courses so identified by the Guidance Department will be awarded five (5) extra points at the end of the year. These points will be used for the calculation of GPA only and will not appear on the report card, permanent record card or transcript.

    5. Summer School – In cases of failed courses, students who successfully complete the requirements of an approved summer school program will be awarded course credit. The grade in the failed course will be changed to 70 upon certification of passing the summer school class for the purpose of GPA calculations.

    6. In cases of ties, those students with exactly the same grade point average will be assigned the same rank: one position below the pupil with the next highest score. The student below the tie will be assigned the rank determined by the total number of students with higher averages.
    Example:

    Average - Rank

    85.31 - 24
    85.15 - 25
    85.15 - 25
    85.08 - 27

    7. Seniors must be actively enrolled in Wallington High School for a minimum of the three full semesters immediately preceding determination of class rank in order to:

    1. a. Be included on the final senior class rank list.
    2. b. Qualify to be the valedictorian or salutatorian.

    If co-valedictorians are selected (see valedictorian policy), there will also be a salutatorian award.

    8. Juniors must be actively enrolled in Wallington High School for a minimum of the one full semester immediately preceding determination of class rank in order to be included in the Junior class rank.

    9. Rank will be recorded on permanent records and transcripts in whole numbers over class size (ex. 12/98). An explanation of the class rank procedure and grading system will be included with the student’s transcript. The methods used to compute grade point average and class rank will be reported to students, parents, and any authorized transcript recipient.

    10. Number: Letter Equivalencies
    The Wallington Jr./Sr. High School grading system is designed on a number basis. Each department has its own procedure of arriving at a marking period grade. The point system is as follows:

    93 – 100 Equivalent to an “A”
    85 – 92 Equivalent to a “B”
    76 – 84 Equivalent to a “C”
    70 – 75 Equivalent to a “D”
    00 – 69 No credit.

    11. The final GPA and class rank will be calculated at the end of the third marking period during the senior year. It should be noted that mid-year and marking period GPA’s and rank are unofficial due to the potential unavailability of grades and credit status in certain courses.