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Grading Scale, GPA, and Credits

A scale for grades and credits should be included with any submitted transcript. Colleges don’t regard one grading or credit scale more highly than another (so there is no advantage to a scale that assigns more credits or higher GPA’s to honors or AP courses), but colleges do need to see a scale for how your transcript assigns credits and calculates GPA so the college can “normalize” your transcript relative to other transcripts.

TPS transcripts and grade reports list the number of credits for each course. In general, one high school course is one high school academic credit, regardless of whether the course is standard, honors, AP or dual college credit (a dual college credit course may provide three or more college credits and only one high school credit because the credit systems are different). Some TPS courses taken prior to high school can be used for HS credit. Some HS courses are two courses combined (e.g., a History + Literature + Writing course is a history credit and an English credit). A few of our elective courses are not available for accredited academic credit. Credits for each course are listed in the course details for that course.

TPS provides transcripts and grade reports with percentage scores, not letter grades. However, GPAs are traditionally calculated based on letter grades using the scale below (this scale is derived from the College Board recommended scale). 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, then averaging the individual GPAs to a cumulative GPA for that transcript.

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