Here are 2 practical ways to figure GPA on the homeschool transcript.
Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript
Homeschool parents consistently send us this question: How do I determine my homeschool high schooler’s GPA?
We understand. It is a mysterious process (and one that can be done in several different ways). We don’t know why it is mysterious! All high school transcripts need a GPA, so why is it difficult to find information? We don’t know but we do know that you can do it! If you’ve been worrying about GPA for your teens’ transcripts, 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 B= 82
- Lowest C= 73
- Lowest A= 92
A more complex method could be:
- Lowest A= 93
- Lowest A= 97
- 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.)
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
This is simple math. You are simply going to average of the Grade Points. Do this by:
- Adding together all the Grade Points earned in a year.
- Adding the number of credits earned in a year.
- 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
- Social Studies/Histories
- 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.
For more on GPA’s check out 3 things to know about GPAs post.
We recently found a GPA calculator that is free. You can check it out. Also, English/Language Arts is a complex credit and can be confusing when trying to figure out what to do with it on the homeschool transcript, we have tips for handling ELA for you in this post.
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).