Grade Point Averages (GPAs) Explained

Key Terms:

Grade Point Average (GPA)– Your grade point average (GPA) is the sum of all your high school course grades divided by the total number of credits.

Weighted (District) GPA-The GPA that includes additional weight for honors (0.5 weight) and Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses (1.0 weight)

Unweighted (State) GPA-The GPA that is calculated using standard weighting (see Letter Grade GPA Points table below).

Semester GPA-The GPA that is calculated using only the high school courses taken in the current semester.

Cumulative GPA-The GPA that is calculated using all the high school courses taken.

Bright Futures GPA-The GPA that is calculated using the 16 high school courses that Bright Futures uses to determine eligibility for the scholarship. See the Bright Futures table below for more information. See the Bright Futures Handbook for more specifics on how the Bright Futures GPA is calculated.


Letter Grade GPA Points

Type of Course A B C D F
Standard 4 3 2 1 0
Honors 4.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 0
AP, DE, AICE, IB 5 4 3 2 0

The Grade Point Average State, Cumulative is used to determine if the student has met the state high school graduation requirements of a minimum of 24 credits and a 2.0 GPA based on a 4.0 scale. See Section 1003.4282, F.S., for general requirements for high school graduation.

This unweighted (state) grade point average is calculated as specified in Section 1003.437, F.S., by assigning quality points of “A” = 4, “B” = 3, “C” = 2, “D” = 1, “F” = 0, and “Incomplete” = 0 to the letter grades displayed on the automated permanent record. Grades of NG (No Grade Assigned), WP (Withdrew Passing), and WF (Withdrew Failing) are not applicable for inclusion in the Grade Point Average State, Cumulative.

A student withdrew from all courses before a grade was assigned (NG-No grade). A student withdrew from all district courses before grades were calculated (WP-Withdraw passing or WF-Withdraw Failing).