When a parent first calls us, they invariably report to us their child’s most recent semester GPA – in weighted format. We usually have to break the bad news that the GPA for college admissions purposes is a student’s unweighted, academic, 9th grade through 11th grade GPA. And it’s almost always lower than you think it is.
The problem is that there’s no ‘standard’ way for high schools to report GPAs, and there’s no ‘standard’ way for colleges to require them. So that leaves us in the horrible gray area where high schools can calculate students’ GPAs however they want – and report whatever numbers they choose to parents and students. In some cases, high schools report multiple GPAs on a student’s transcript. In the worst instances, some high schools report ONLY the weighted overall GPA.
On top of the weighting issue, many high schools include EVERY class a student has taken in high school in their GPA, such as athletics and non-academic electives.&n...more