Class Rank and GPA


CLASS RANK AND GPA
By EISD Board policy, Westlake High School does not rank students below the top 10%. Texas state law requires all public schools to numerically identify the top 10% of each class. Grades are weighted by assigning a course multiplier based on the level of difficulty: 1.2 for Level Two courses, 1.1 for Level One courses, and 1.0 for all other courses. Beginning with the Class of 2022, courses will be weighted using points instead of a multiplier: plus 10 points for Level Two courses and plus 5 points for Level One courses. The student’s GPA is weighted, and is calculated using semester grades in all courses, grades 9-12. The actual grade earned in the course is the grade that appears on the transcript. A list of weighted courses can be found below.


RANK

Class rank for graduation purposes: The top ten percent of students in a graduating class will be determined using the Course Grade Multiplier System and will be the actual top ten percent of the number of all students ranked. The top ten percent of the graduating class are considered honor graduates. For the purposes of determining the weighted academic class rank, grades through the 3rd nine-week period of the senior year will be used. The valedictorian and the salutatorian will be the two students with the highest and second-highest weighted academic class rank. To be eligible, a student must have attended Westlake High School and be a member of the class in which he/she will graduate for four complete semesters prior to graduation. In case of a tie for the valedictorian, the student with the highest numerical grade average of all AP courses taken shall be the valedictorian. A student who graduates early cannot be valedictorian or salutatorian. For two school years following their graduation, high school graduates who ranked in the top ten percent of their graduating class and do not enroll in an institution of higher education remain eligible for automatic admission into any Texas public university or college. Students and parents should contact their counselor for further information about how to apply and the deadlines for application.

Rank as it applies to Early Graduates: A student’s weighted class rank will be determined within the graduation class of the school year in which the student completes all requirements for a diploma, regardless of the number of years the student is enrolled in high school. Early graduates are eligible for honors recognition, but not for valedictorian or salutatorian distinction. To be eligible to graduate early, a student will complete all coursework and exit-level testing requirements as determined by the ninth grade class in which he or she begins high school.

Courses excluded from class rank: Grades earned through correspondence, summer school, credit by examination, dual credit, online courses, and high school courses taken while the student was in middle school will not be considered in determining class rank.


GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
GPA is the numerical average of all courses taken during the regular school year. As with rank, grades earned through correspondence, summer school, credit by examination, dual credit, online, or middle school will not be included in the GPA. The GPA will be reported as a weighted average on the transcript.


COURSES COMPLETED OUTSIDE OF THE WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL DAY
Approved schools for online distance learning (correspondence) courses and credit by exam/exam for acceleration: University of Texas online high school and Texas Tech online high school.

Approved school for dual credit courses: Austin Community College

Approved schools for summer school and middle school courses: accredited public or private schools recognized by the Texas Education agency (TEA).

Any student seeking credit for course work taken outside of the places found on the approved list above must submit a formal request, including a detailed description of the course, to the Counseling office for pre-approval.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2015-2021
All students shall be required to take a minimum of four non-weighted courses during high school to be used in the calculation for class rank and the top ten percent. A student MUST complete three of the four required non-weighted courses prior to the beginning of his or her senior year.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2022 AND BEYOND
Beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the 2018-19 school year, all students shall be required to take a minimum of five non-weighted level courses during high school to be used in the calculation for class rank and the top ten percent. A student MUST complete three of the five non-weighted regular courses prior to the beginning of his or her senior year.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Rank and GPA as it applies to new-to-Eanes students: Students who have earned credits toward graduation from an accredited school outside of Eanes ISD will have their transcripted grades accepted and courses reported on the transcript. Class rank points for Level One and Level Two weights will be calculated for transferred grades only if Westlake High School offers parallel courses to current prospective graduates. If a new student submits a transcript with a course indicating Honors, PreAP, or PreIB, that course will receive the 1.1 course grade multiplier (or 5 points if the student is a member of the class of 2022 or beyond). If the new student’s course is designated AP or IB, that course will receive the 1.2 grade multiplier (or 10 points if the student is a member of the class of 2022 or beyond). Transfer students who have taken an advanced course that was not indicated on their transcripts may validate their learning by taking the corresponding AP exam. Students who earn a 3,4 or 5 on that exam will be awarded the appropriate weighting for that course if Westlake High School offers a parallel course. HS Grades earned through correspondence, summer school, credit by examination, dual credit, and high school courses taken while the student was in middle school will not be considered in determining class rank or GPA.

If the transfer student’s previous school awarded letter grades, and does not provide a specific numeric scale for the letter grades, the letter grades will be converted as follows, per School Board policy EIC (Local)-X.

A+ 98B+ 88C+ 78D 70
A 95B 85 C 75F 50
A- 92 B- 82 C- 72

Class of 2015-2021


Latin Honors for WHS Graduates

Summa Cum Laude- 100-100+

Magna Cum Laude- 95-99

Cum Laude- 90-94


Class Rank: The class rank will be calculated for the first time at the completion of the fall semester of a student’s sophomore year, and thereafter at the completion of each subsequent semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA): All courses that are state approved and taken during the school year will be calculated into the weighted GPA and will determine class rank (with the exception of correspondence, credit by exam, dual enrollment, summer school, online, and courses taken in middle school). The levels of courses shall be Regular, Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP), and Advanced Placement (AP). These classifications are noted in the course description in this catalog.

The weighted academic class rank will be calculated using all credit-bearing semester grades as outlined below. The following is an example of the weighted GPA calculation:

Example:

CourseGrade Earned*MultiplierWeighted Grade
English 1 Pre-AP97X1.1=106.7
Algebra 190X1.0=90
Biology 192X1.0=92
AP Human Geography91X1.2=109.2
PE100X1.0=100
Latin II94X1.0=94
Art I100X1.0=100
Sum691.9

691.9/7 (# of classes) = 98.84

The weighted grade point average (GPA) would be reported on the transcript as 98.84
This average (97.54) would be the number used to calculate the top 10% of the class.

*The grade earned is the grade that is posted on the transcript.

Class of 2022 and Beyond


Latin Honors for WHS Graduates

Summa Cum Laude- 98 and 98+

Magna Cum Lude- 93-97

Cum Laude- 88-92


Class Rank: The class rank will be calculated for the first time at the completion of the fall semester of a student’s sophomore year, and thereafter at the completion of each subsequent semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA): All courses that are state approved and taken during the school year will be calculated into the weighted GPA and will determine class rank (with the exception of correspondence, credit by exam, dual credit, summer school, and high school credit courses taken in middle school). The levels of courses shall be Regular, Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP), and Advanced Placement (AP). These classifications are noted in the course description in this catalog.

The weighted academic class rank will be calculated using all credit-bearing semester grades as outlined below. The following is an example of the weighted GPA calculation:

Example

CourseGrade Earned*Bonus PointsWeighted Grade
English 1 Pre-AP97+5=102
Algebra 190+0=90
Biology 192+0=92
AP Human Geography91+10=101
PE100+0=100
Latin II94+0=94
Art I100+0=100
Sum679

679/7 (# of classes) = 97

The weighted grade point average (GPA) would be reported on the transcript as 97.
This average (97) would be the number used to calculate the top 10% of the class.

*The grade earned is the grade that is posted on the transcript.

Level Two Course Weight Multipliers 1.2 (plus 10 points for Class of 2022 and beyond)

English
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
AP Capstone Seminar
AP Capstone Research

Mathematics
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Computer Science
Computer Science II Advanced
Multivariable Calculus
Linear Algebra
Statistics 2: Beyond Statistics

CTE
Computer Science Ind Study I
Computer Science Ind Study II
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science
Computer Science II Advanced

Science
AP Biology A
AP Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
Organic Chemistry
AP Physics I & 2
AP Physics C

World Languages
AP Chinese Language & Culture
Chinese V Advanced
Chinese VI Advanced
AP French Language & Culture
French V Advanced
French VI Advanced
AP German Language & Culture
German V Advanced
AP Latin
Latin V Advanced
Latin VI Advanced
AP Spanish Language & Culture
AP Spanish Literature & Culture

Social Studies
AP US History
AP World History
AP US Government
AP European History
AP Comparative Government
AP Psychology
AP Human Geography
AP Macro Economics
AP Micro Economics

Fine/Performing Arts
AP Art History
AP Music Theory
AP Studio Art: 2D Drawing
AP Studio Art: 2D Design
AP Studio Art: 3D Design
Art Historical Methods
Art Historical Methods II


Level One Course Weight Multipliers 1.1 (plus 5 points for Class of 2022 and beyond)

English
English I Pre-AP
English II Pre-AP
Mathematics
Algebra I Pre-AP
Geometry Pre-AP
Algebra II Pre-AP
Pre-Calculus Pre-AP

Science
Biology I Pre-AP
Chemistry I Pre-AP
Anatomy & Physiology
Robotics III
Engineering

World Languages
Chinese III Pre-AP
French III Pre-AP
German III Pre-AP
Latin III Pre-AP
Spanish III Pre-AP

Social Studies
Global Leadership in 21st Century

CTE
Mentorship
Health Science Clinical
Practicum in Health Science - Pharmacy or Phlebotomy
Robotics II & III
Swift Coding (formerly CompSci PreAP)
Business Incubator
ACCeleratoredu
Anatomy and Physiology
Engineering

Non-weighted Course Weight Multipliers 1.0

Any course listed in this catalog that is for state graduation credit and not listed in Level One or Level Two above receives a course weight of 1.0 (or no bonus points for the Class of 2022 and beyond).