Grade Scale and Grade Point Average
Letter grades are assigned to a student in accordance with the percentage of total possible points he or she has earned in a class. Letter grades are "A" through "F" and are awarded on the basis of a modified grade scale. Kapaun Mt. Carmel's grade scale is depicted below.
Each letter grade has associated with it a defined number of grade points, with classes designated as Honors having available a higher number of grade points than those that are available in non-Honors classes, and AP classes having available a higher number of grade points than those available in Honors classes. The grade point average, or GPA, is calculated as the quotient of Total grade points/Total potential points.
The grade scale is as follows:
|%age||Grade||Non-Honors||Honors||AP with AP Test*|
|92 - 100||A||4.0||4.5||5.0|
|90 - 91||B+||3.5||4.0||4.5|
|83 - 89||B||3.0||3.5||4.0|
81 - 82
|74 - 80||C||2.0||2.5||2.5|
|65 - 73||D||1.0||1.0||1.0|
|0 - 64||F||0.0||0.0||0.0|
Because even an "A" in a non-Honors class could lower a student's overall GPA, students who are attempting to be Valedictorian or Salutatorian or to rank in the top 10% of the class by their senior year should take the most rigorous curriculum possible and earn the highest grades possible.
*AP Calculus I and AP Calculus II are exceptions to the AP test requirement for the additional .5 weight. A student who takes either or both of these classes will receive the additional .5 weight if the student maintains a grade of "B" or better. As a consequence of this exception, no distinction will be made on the student's transcript for taking or not taking the AP exam in these classes.