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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 using points: 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.

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 (except the University of Texas in Austin, which automatically admits a smaller percentage of students; that percentage varies by year). 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, Credit Recovery, and high school courses taken while the student was in middle school will not be considered in determining class rank.

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.

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.

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 credits 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 credits prior to the beginning of his or her senior year.


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 5 points. If the new student’s course is designated AP or IB, that course will receive 10 points. 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+ 98 B+ 88 C+ 78 D 70
A 95 B 85 C 75 F 50
A- 92 B- 82 C- 72  


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:


Course Grade Earned*   Bonus Points   Weighted Grade
English 1 Pre-AP 97 + 5 = 102
Algebra 1 90 + 0 = 90
Biology 1 92 + 0 = 92
AP Human Geography 91 + 10 = 101
PE 100 + 0 = 100
Latin II 94 + 0 = 94
Art I 100 + 0 = 100
        Sum 679

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 plus 10 points (Class of 2022 and beyond)

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

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

AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science
Computer Science II
Computer Science III 
Computer Science Ind Study I 

AP Biology
AP Chemistry 
AP Environmental Science
Organic Chemistry 
AP Physics 1 & 2
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 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
Spanish VI

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

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


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

English I Honors
English II Honors

Algebra I Honors
Geometry Honors
Algebra II Honors
Pre-Calculus Honors

Biology I Honors
Chemistry I Honors 
Anatomy & Physiology 
Robotics III

World Languages
Chinese 3 Honors
French 3 Honors
German 3 Honors
Latin 3 Honors
Spanish 3 Honors

Social Studies
Global Leadership in 21st Century

Health Science Clinical
Practicum in Health Science - Pharmacy or Phlebotomy
Robotics II & III
Swift Coding
Business Incubator
Business ACCeleratoredu
Anatomy and Physiology

Non-weighted Course Weight

Any course listed in this catalog that is for state graduation credit and not listed in Level One or Level Two above receives no bonus points.