Class Rank


Policy  5430

Students must be in attendance in district high schools for at least two years by the end of junior year in order to be officially ranked.

Class Rank includes grades from subjects taken at and within the walls of either district high school (including annexes). While students may be granted high school credit toward graduation for course taken at colleges and other institutions of higher learning, grades for such courses will not be calculated into Class Rank. Additionally, the courses Math HSPA Skills 1, 2 and 3, English for Today 1, 2, 3 and 4, and Community Service will not be calculated into Class Rank.

Counselors will use the grade point averages for students who have less than two years in attendance at district high schools to provide an equated rank if requested to do so for college admissions purposes only.

Class Rank is based upon the weighted grade point average (GPA) earned by a student.

All courses considered “honors” courses will receive the weighted quality of 1.0 as indicated below. Advanced Placement courses will receive a weighted quality of 1.5.

The following courses are considered honors courses:

English: All courses entitled “Honors”
Mathematics: All courses entitled “Honors”
Science: All courses entitled “Honors” plus Microbiology/Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology
Social Studies: All courses entitled “Honors”
World Language: Spanish as a Native Language 3 and 4
Bus, Tech Voc: All courses entitled “Honors”

The following chart indicates quality point values awarded to final marks:
Range of Final Marks Quality Points Honors Weighted Quality Points Adv. Place. Weighted Quality Points
97-99 4.3 5.3 5.8
93-96 4.0 5.0 5.5
90-92 3.7 4.7 5.2
87-89 3.3 4.3 4.8
83-86 3.0 4.0 4.5
80-82 2.7 3.7 4.2
77-79 2.3 3.3 3.8
73-76 2.0 3.0 3.5
70-72 1.7 2.7 3.2
68-69 1.3 2.3 2.8
65-67 1.0 2.0 2.5
Students who have been classified within the Special Services Department are not ranked, since earning a high school diploma depends on successfully completing their Individual Education Program (IEP).

Bilingual students who do not have official high school records are given a rank equal to that which they would have earned had they been in high school for four years if requested to do so for college admissions purposes only.

Physical Education and Health Education grades are combined and the average of the two is included in computing Class Rank.

Summer school grades from the Union City Summer School are included in computing Class Rank.

Failing grades are included in computing Class Rank.

“Dropped” courses shall have no effect on GPA/Class Rank, if dropped during the school-sanctioned “Add-Drop” time period. Courses “dropped” after that time period shall fall into the “Withdraw Passing” or “Withdraw Failing” categories as described below.

“Withdraw Passing,” in which a student has a passing grade at the time of the withdrawal for the course, will have no effect on GPA/Class Rank. The course will appear on the final transcript as WP.

“Withdraw Failing,” in which a student has a failing grade at the time of withdrawal from the course, will have an effect on GPA/Class Rank. If the student substitutes a related course (e.g. one math class for another) the failing grade will carry over to the new course, will be averaged into the grade for the new course, and will be calculated into the GPA for Class Rank. If the student merely drops the failing course, that failing grade will be calculated into the GPA for Class Rank.

In the event of a tie for Class Rank, preference will be given to the student who has earned the greater number of credits in the Union City School System.