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Grading Scale, GPA, and Credits

Applicability
  • This information applies to official TPS transcripts. It is based on practices recommended by the College Board and preferences of competitive colleges.
  • If you are generating your own homeschool transcript, you do not have to follow these practices and guidelines.
  • The homeschool transcript should not use TPS credentials (name, logo, accreditation).
GPA Calculation
  • TPS transcripts use a standard grade scale (see below) recommended by the College Board and preferred by colleges.
  • When TPS sends a transcript to a college, the grading scale and school profile are included. These are expected or required by competitive colleges, and they are used by competitive colleges to “normalize” transcript grades across the applicants.
  • The impact of this normalization using the grading scale and school profile is:
    • Taking honors courses, AP exams, and courses from a higher-reputation school like TPS improves your competitive standing in a comparative review by the college, but this is not accomplished through weighting the GPA. This is the purpose of including the school profile with the transcript, where the profile gives the college a basis for assessing the academic rigor of the credits listed on the transcript.
    • Weighted GPAs (i.e., where AP or honors courses have higher grade weights) will not boost your transcript for competitive colleges, as the college application reviewers will disregard or “normalize” the GPA weighting.
  • A few U.S. states still use a weighted GPA transcript for some financial aid or scholarship opportunities. The TPS transcript clear information for calculating a weighted GPA to support individual requirements.

On a TPS transcript, the cumulative GPA for that transcript is calculated by converting all individual grades with high school credit on the transcript to their corresponding letter-grade GPA values (see below), then averaging the individual GPAs to a cumulative GPA for that transcript. This is recommended approach used by most schools and preferred by colleges.

A 100-94 – 4.0
A- 93-90 – 3.67
B+ 89-87 – 3.33
B 86-83 – 3.0
B- 82-80 – 2.67
C+ 79-77 – 2.33
C 76-73 – 2.0
C- 72-70 – 1.67
D+ 69-67 – 1.33
D 66-63 – 1.0
D- 62-60 – 0.67
F 59 and below is given no credit or value on the GPA scale

Credits
  • For a TPS high school course, one year of one subject equals one credit. This is the standard recommended by the College Board and preferred by colleges.
  • For integrated courses (e.g., TPS Integrated Humanities which combine English + History), two HS credits are conferred, one in each subject.
  • TPS dual college credit courses will confer one HS credit for one year of each subject, and simultaneously confer 3-4 college credits for the same course if the student registers for the college credit with the university. TPS provides the high school transcript and the university provides the college transcript.
  • TPS does not provide partial credits. Courses dropped prior to completion are listed as Dropped with no credit or grade.