Grade point average (GPA) calculations are based on a 4.0 system. Based on the five-period day, each trimester of a class equals .5 credit. See your counselor for more information about GPA and class rank.
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Honors graduation requirements
In order to graduate with honors from Anoka-Hennepin, the following criteria must be met. Honors graduation status is determined by the cumulative, weighted GPA at the end of trimester two of the senior year. PSEO students' status will be determined after the fall semester. Rounding will not occur.
- Category I: Honors - at least 3.3 weighted GPA. There are no requirements concerning honors course for this category.
- Category II: High honors - at least 3.6 weighted GPA. Students must take at least six credits in honors courses during their school career.
- Category III: Highest honors - At least 3.9 weighted GPA. Students must take at least 10 credits in honors courses from two or more departments during their high school career.
Academic lettering requirements
Students will be recognized and be awarded an academic letter in fall. Students earning a letter will have a cumulative weighted GPA calculated at the end of the previous school year.
The GPA standards are as follows:
- 3.90 for freshman (presented fall of grade 10).
- 3.85 for sophomores (presented fall of grade 11).
- 3.80 for juniors (presented fall of grade 12).
- 3.75 for seniors at the end of trimester 2 of their senior year* (recognized at the senior honors ceremony in May).
* = This will be denoted at commencement.
These are the district standards for academic lettering. Students need to meet the GPA requirements exactly. There is no rounding of student's GPA.
High schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District base GPA calculations on a 4.0 system. Both weighted and unweighted GPA are calculated. Class rank is a reflection of GPA. It is a composite of all students' GPA. As GPA changes, so do class ranks.
Our grading practices in Anoka-Hennepin are changing to a system that allows teachers to more accurately and consistently report student achievement to students and parents relative to state and local learning standards. During the upcoming 2019-20 school year, in select mathematics, physical education, and health classes at the middle and high school level, Anoka-Hennepin will be piloting a change to the way student grades are determined and communicated. Check out a helpful flyer with additional information.
This standards-based reporting system focuses on student learning rather than the earning of points or a single grade based on an overall average. In a standards-based classroom, student work is evaluated as evidence of learning, and teachers and students use established criteria to determine what level of learning is evident from the student work.
Grades must be accurate and meaningful so that teachers, students, and parents know exactly what progress has been made and what opportunities there are for growth. Providing feedback to students around specific learning standards has shown to significantly boost achievement and motivation for students.
Moving to the standards-based reporting is a change that’s years in the making, which is being led by teachers, and comes with years of foundational work. The shift to standards-based reporting will occur in phases, with some mathematics, health, and physical education courses piloting this year, and other courses moving forward in following years. The transition should be done by the 2023-24 school year.
What will this look like in the gradebook?
First, the report card is not changing. So when students and parents look at the report card, they’ll still be earning As, Bs, etc.
That said, teachers using a standards-based reporting system may use a gradebook that focuses on the most important standards/benchmarks (called “priority standards/benchmarks”). Rather than a list of assignments and points earned, student knowledge will be evaluated using a 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.5, 1, .5, 0 proficiency scale that will allow parents, students, and others to determine exactly what the student knows. Daily practice (homework) completion may be noted in the gradebook, but may not be calculated into the final course grade. This reflects the belief that students should be graded based on what they know rather than their first attempts at learning.
If you have questions, you can read more about standards-based reporting, or you can contact your son or daughter's teacher directly as they're the best source of information about your student’s achievement.