Grade Point Guidelines

Homeschooling gives students the opportunity to learn in many different places and ways, so it’s not uncommon to have a student graduate from homeschool high school and their transcript reflects 4 different places they studied at! This isn’t a problem, and colleges are learning to understand homeschool transcripts, but sometimes it can make things a little hard for the homeschool mom preparing the transcript. One of the most common challenges is how to take grade points from different schools/places and meld them into one final GPA. This can be a problem because different places often use different grade point scales, so you can’t just lump them all together to come up with your child’s final GPA. What to do?

Grade Points

Although not always, sometimes it can be helpful to ask the question, “what would a school do?”  In this case, if your student attended four different high schools in four years, each school they transferred to would take the GPA from the previous school and adjust it to their grade point scale. For instance, if the first school only used letter grades (like A, B, C), and the second school only used whole number grades (like 4, 3, 2), they would take those letter grades and turn them into number grades.

Then, if your child transferred to a third school later, who used more specific number grades (like 3.4 or 3.9), that third school would take the previous grades and adjust them to fit their scale.

This is one of those cases where, as a homeschooler, you can learn from the public school, and do the same thing with your child’s grade point average.  Because you are the administrator of your homeschool, you get to decide which grade point average you want to use on your homeschool transcript, and determine your child’s final GPA.  Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s easy! If your child has taken classes from places that result in several different formats of grade point, probably the easiest way to create a cumulative GPA is to use whichever format is the most complicated. For instance, if some of the courses your child took used a complicated number GPA, such as 3.4, use that scale for your cumulative GPA. Then take the more simple grades and convert them to the complicated scale. If your child got a B from another place, you could turn that into a 3.3. If they got an A, that could be a 3.8.

Whichever scale you use, indicate it at the bottom of your transcript, so that the school knows what your scale means. In addition, make sure to include on your course descriptions where each class was taken and what the grading scale was for that class, according to the school. That scale might be different from what you chose for your transcript, but that’s okay. When you submit your transcripts to a college, they will look over your course descriptions and transcript and probably adjust your student’s grade point based on their own criteria.  For instance, they might not award any credit for a Bible course, even though you included that in your child’s GPA. Don’t get too tied up with making a perfect grade point formula, because most colleges will just create their own anyway!

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