4 “I didn’t pay too much attention to my grades until this year. I’m trying to bring my grade point average up now, but it’s just so hard to do as a junior. I really wish I would have thought about this earlier.” James Class Rank Manyhighschoolsuseclassranktoshowwherestudentsstandacademically in relation to the other members of their class. The student with the highest GPAisnumberone,thestudentwiththenexthighestGPAisnumbertwo,etc. Class rank is usually written as two numbers (35/295). The first number repre- sents a student’s place in the class. The second number represents the total number of students in the class. Because GPAs are used to calculate class rank, you must have a high GPA in order to have an impressive class rank. While a variety of methods are used to calculate grade point averages, the higher your grades, the higher your GPA. To find out what your GPA is, see your counselor. Grade Point Average ( GPA ) Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is important because colleges and employ- ers will use it to help them determine what kind of student or employee you will be. Your GPA is simply the average of your semester (or end of term) grades, starting with your freshman year. Most high schools use a 4.0 scale in which an A=4, B=3, C=2, and D=1. Students who have all As have a 4.0 grade point average. Students who have Bs in half their courses and Cs in the rest have a 2.5 GPA. Someschoolshave“weightedgrades”forhonors,AP(AdvancedPlacement), and/orIB(InternationalBaccalaureate)courses. Ifahighschoolhasweighted grades, then a grade in a weighted course is worth more than it is in a non- weighted course. For example, an A in an honors course might be worth five points instead of the usual four points.