• If you are a current high school student and you would like John R Rogers HS to send a weighted transcript in addition to your regular transcript to a college, please email aprily@spokaneschools.org and let her know which college you want a Weighted Transcript sent to. 
     
     
    Comparison Weighted GPA examples
     
    Honors Pathway Weighted Honors Pathway   AP Pathway Weighted AP Pathway
    Eng. 10 Honors A = 4 Eng. 10 Honors A = 4.5   AP English A = 4 AP English A = 5
    World History Honors B = 3 World History Honors B = 3.5   AP US History B = 3 AP US History B = 4
    Geometry Honors C = 2 Geometry Honors C = 2.5   AP Calculus C = 2 AP Calculus C = 3
    Chemistry Honors D = 1 Chemistry Honors D = 1.5   AP Biology D = 1 AP Biology D = 2
    Weights B = 3 Weights B = 3   Weights B = 3 Weights B = 3
    Choir A = 4 Choir A = 4   Choir A = 4 Choir A = 4
    Total points 17 Total points 19   Total points 17 Total points 21
    Points ÷ 6 2.8 Points ÷ 6 3.2   Points ÷ 6 2.8 Points ÷ 6 3.5
    GPA 2.8 = C GPA 3.2 = B   GPA 2.8 = C GPA 3.5 = A
     
     
     
     
    Weighted Transcript FAQs
    • What is a weighted transcript?

      Transcripts include grade point average (GPA) points for each class a student has attempted. The GPA points vary depending on the grade earned by the student. In Spokane Public Schools, the following 4.0 scale indicates points earned for the letter grade received:

      A = 4
      B = 3
      C = 2
      D = 1
      F = 0

      A weighted GPA assigns higher points for grades earned in Honors courses and even higher points for grades earned in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. In Spokane Public Schools, the following scale indicates points earned for the letter grade received:

      Honors Courses   AP Courses
      A = 4.5   A = 5
      B = 3.5   B = 4
      C = 2.5   C = 3
      D = 1.5   D = 2
      F = 0   F = 0

      To calculate a student’s cumulative GPA, all points earned for all courses attempted are totaled and then divided by the number of courses attempted. A weighted transcript includes a student’s cumulative weighted GPA.

    • Why are AP and Honors courses weighted differently than other courses?

      Honors courses offer the same curriculum as regular classes but are more rigorous because they cover additional topics in greater depth and are instructed at a faster pace. Students are expected to be self-motivated in their learning coupled with a strong work ethic. The same applies to AP courses which use college curriculum taught in the high school. Students in AP courses must take a rigorous national exam in May to demonstrate their learning in order to receive college credit. Additional grade points are given for Honors and AP courses to reward students for taking challenging coursework in high school.

    • Why would a student want a weighted transcript?

      Students who choose to challenge themselves academically in Honors and AP courses are making a commitment to work harder. Typically this means more homework and more course content taught at a faster pace than regular courses. A weighted GPA encourages students to push themselves academically. It also rewards students with additional grade points for taking challenging coursework as opposed to taking less rigorous coursework to protect their GPA.

    • Will a weighted transcript increase the chances for a student to be admitted to a college or university?

      The college and university admissions process is different across the nation. Some colleges and universities accept a weighted transcript and some do not. College admissions officers will overwhelmingly state that taking advanced-level coursework is much more impressive than basic-level coursework. Colleges can only accept so many students, therefore, a weighted transcript demonstrates a student’s work ethic and may make the difference between being accepted or denied.

    • Will a weighted transcript improve a student’s chance to earn scholarships?

      Depending on the specific guidelines of the scholarship, it could improve a student’s chances of earning a scholarship. Students who choose to challenge themselves by taking the most difficult courses in high school demonstrate the work ethic that is attractive to scholarship selection committees.

    • How do I know if the weighting is calculated accurately?

      For each class, the transcript clearly shows the credit earned, the credit attempted, and the grade points earned. The weighted transcript includes a chart showing the additional grade points possible in Honors and AP courses.

    • How and when do you request a weighted transcript?

      Each high school may have slightly different processes for getting a copy of the weighted transcript. Call the Student Office for specific information or find the process outlined on the school’s website. You may request a weighted transcript at any time although it is typically requested in the senior year for the purpose of college admissions.

    • Why must a weighted transcript be a special request from students and parents?

      Washington State law requires all school districts in the state to use a standardized transcript and does not allow weighted grades to be included as part of the standard. State law does, however, permit school districts to attach supplemental information to the transcript as attachments or addendums to the transcript.

    • Why are AP and Honors courses weighted differently than other courses?

      Honors courses offer the same curriculum as regular classes but are more rigorous because they cover additional topics in greater depth and are instructed at a faster pace. Students are expected to be self-motivated in their learning coupled with a strong work ethic. The same applies to AP courses which use college curriculum taught in the high school. Students in AP courses must take a rigorous national exam in May to demonstrate their learning in order to receive college credit. Additional grade points are given for Honors and AP courses to reward students for taking challenging coursework in high school.

    • Why would a student want a weighted transcript?

      Students who choose to challenge themselves academically in Honors and AP courses are making a commitment to work harder. Typically this means more homework and more course content taught at a faster pace than regular courses. A weighted GPA encourages students to push themselves academically. It also rewards students with additional grade points for taking challenging coursework as opposed to taking less rigorous coursework to protect their GPA.

    • Will a weighted transcript increase the chances for a student to be admitted to a college or university?

      The college and university admissions process is different across the nation. Some colleges and universities accept a weighted transcript and some do not. College admissions officers will overwhelmingly state that taking advanced-level coursework is much more impressive than basic-level coursework. Colleges can only accept so many students, therefore, a weighted transcript demonstrates a student’s work ethic and may make the difference between being accepted or denied.

    • Will a weighted transcript improve a student’s chance to earn scholarships?

      Depending on the specific guidelines of the scholarship, it could improve a student’s chances of earning a scholarship. Students who choose to challenge themselves by taking the most difficult courses in high school demonstrate the work ethic that is attractive to scholarship selection committees.

    • How do I know if the weighting is calculated accurately?

      For each class, the transcript clearly shows the credit earned, the credit attempted, and the grade points earned. The weighted transcript includes a chart showing the additional grade points possible in Honors and AP courses.

    • How and when do you request a weighted transcript?

      Each high school may have slightly different processes for getting a copy of the weighted transcript. Call the Student Office for specific information or find the process outlined on the school’s website. You may request a weighted transcript at any time although it is typically requested in the senior year for the purpose of college admissions.

    • Why must a weighted transcript be a special request from students and parents?

      Washington State law requires all school districts in the state to use a standardized transcript and does not allow weighted grades to be included as part of the standard. State law does, however, permit school districts to attach supplemental information to the transcript as attachments or addendums to the transcript.