The GPA system used in FBISD is referred to as a 100 Point Scale. With this system, the 100 point scale is calculated by adding all of the semester averages earned by a student and dividing by semesters attempted. This method is considered the most accurate reflection of a student’s cumulative work. The 100 point scale results in a more accurate Rank in Class (RIC). The 100 point scale can be converted to the Four Point Scale which is the most common scale for college admissions, NCAA and scholarship applications.
In the calculation of GPA for RIC, certain advanced courses receive an additional weight as outlined below:
Advanced Placement (AP) and Beyond AP courses
Pre-AP, high school Honors courses, Dual Credit courses
On- Level Courses
- Receive 10 point weight
- Receive 5 point weight
- Do not receive any weighted points
Example of a high school student’s grades:
Physics (on level) 86 = 86 points
English III AP 94 = 104 points (10 additional points added for AP)
US History Dual Credit 84 = 89 points (5 additional points added for Dual Credit)
Athletics 100 = 100 points
Choir 100 = 100 points
Pre-Cal Pre-AP 86 = 91 (5 additional points added for Pre-AP)
Journalism 94 = 94
Total points = 664 points divided by 7 = 94.8571429
If the student requires the GPA to be converted to a weighted 4.0 scale, the following banded range would be used for each semester course average and then divided by the number of semesters:
Grade range -
Advanced Placement (AP) and Beyond AP
Using the grade range above, the student could convert the GPA as follows:
Physics- 86 = 3
English III AP- 94= 5
US History Dual Credit- 84= 3.5
Athletics- 100= 4
Choir- 100 = 4
*Total points = 27 divided by 7 = 3.8571
Note for Class of 2020 – New Honor Rank Criteria
The Class of 2019 will be the first to graduate under the 100 Point GPA scale. During this policy revision in August 2014, the FBISD Board of Trustees approved a new Honor Rank criteria that will also take affect this year. Previously, FBISD students who were in the top five percent of their class graduated Magna Cum Laude; students whose class rank fell within the next ten percent graduated Cum Laude.
Beginning this spring, the new Honor Rank system will include a new category, Summa Cum Laude, in addition to Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude. The new criteria is based on a student’s GPA, rather than where they fall within the percentage of their class.
- Valedictorian Highest Cumulative GPA
- Salutatorian Second Highest Cumulative GPA
- Summa Cum Laude GPA = 97 or higher
- Magna Cum Laude GPA = 96–93
- Cum Laude GPA = 92–90
To be eligible for graduation with honors, a student must meet the following requirements.
- Present grades for all required courses prior to the established date for calculating rank in class.
- Not have withdrawn from an elective District program, e.g. an academy, and enrolled at the student’s zoned campus within the four consecutive semesters immediately preceding graduation.
- Not have withdrawn from a campus where the student attended on a transfer and enrolled at the student’s zoned campus within the four consecutive semesters immediately preceding graduation.
- Not have transferred from the student’s zoned campus to another campus within the four consecutive semesters immediately preceding graduation.
- Meet additional eligibility requirements for valedictorian and salutatorian (top honors), requiring completion in no fewer than eight semesters, and continuous enrollment in the same high school in the District for the four semesters immediately preceding graduation.