Grade Weighting and Academic Honors
Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculator
Non-weighted grade point averages are calculated based on a 4.0 scale (i.e. A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0). A weighted GPA is calculated based on a 5.0 scale (i.e. A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, F=0) and is used in the determination of award selection(s), graduation honors, and selected college and university requirements.
Grades with plus or minus are shown for information only. A plus or minus allows students to determine the strength of their grade. A student with a B- on a progress report may recognize that effort or assistance could make a difference between a B and a C. However, in the calculation of the GPA, a plus or minus is not used. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are designated on the student's transcript and are weighted on transcripts in the calculation of the GPA. Report cards and progress reports will reflect a weighted GPA.
- A = 90% +
- B = 80-89%
- C = 70-79%
- D = 60-69%
- F = 59% - below
Note: Percentage grades are rounded up at .5% (for example, an 89.5% will be rounded up to 90% and will be calculated as an "A").
Academic Honors and Awards
At the end of each semester, a un-weighted academic GPA scale is used to determine the Honor Roll. There are three categories distinguishing those on the Honor Roll: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Those placed on the “Gold Honor Roll” are those earning an un-weighted GPA of 3.9-4.0, those placed on the "Silver Honor Roll" are those earning an un-weighted GPA of 3.75 to 3.89, and those on the "Bronze Honor Roll" are those earning an un-weighted GPA of 3.6 to 3.74. To be eligible, a student may not have an incomplete grade or a grade below a "C" for the term.
Graduation Honors Designation
All senior Honors students are recognized at Graduation based on the following cumulative academic GPA (based on a 5.0 scale).
- Honors 3.5 and higher
- High Honors 3.85 and higher
- Highest Honors 4.10 and higher
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Honors
The two senior students with the highest and second highest weighted, cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the first semester will be honored as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian accordingly. GPA values will be rounded to the nearest ten-thousandth of a point. If the top two students have the exact same GPA when the first semester concludes, they will be honored as co-valedictorians and the senior student with the next highest GPA will be the salutatorian. In the event that two senior students tie for the second highest GPA at the conclusion of first semester, they will be honored as co-salutatorians. In order to be eligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian Honors, students must be enrolled at MHS for a minimum of 6 semesters, including 4 semesters in 11th and 12th grades.