Grade Point Average (GPA) Transition Overview

  • Hillsborough County Public Schools is implementing a revised Grade Point Average (GPA) weighting scale/calculation model that is recognized universally by colleges and universities, to better prepare students for gaining admission to the postsecondary school of their choice.  Any changes would not impact current high school students but begin with next year’s (2023) incoming 9th grade students.

    Our current weighting of advanced coursework that is added to a students’ Grade Point Average results in unusually high GPAs. College and university admissions directors must recalculate the GPA of Hillsborough County Public Schools graduates to align with those of other students from across the state and the nation.

    A realignment of students’ weighted GPAs would be more consistent with college admissions and most Florida districts, allowing for more informed and accurate postsecondary options.  The new model will be easier to calculate, while encouraging students to focus on taking the most appropriate classes and earn the best grade possible.

    Current middle school students with previously earned high school coursework would have the credit converted before entering 9th grade to the proposed new weighting scale/calculation model.

    The district engaged with current and former students as well as parents, Principals, Assistant Principals, school counselors, and district curriculum experts from both middle and high schools to get their perspective on this transition.

New GPA Calculation Chart

GPA Transition Plan Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is the district making a change to the Grade Point Average weighting scale/calculation model?

  • Is this new Grade Point Average weighting scale/calculation model the standard across the nation?

  • Will this affect previously earned high school credit coursework completed by current middle school students?

  • Who did the district consult with before making this change?

  • How will this change benefit students?

  • Will the new GPA weighting scale impact current high school students (Class of 2024, 2025, 2026)?

  • Will Valedictorian and Salutatorian still be used as a graduation distinction?