By: Taylor Rosetti
A common phrase heard throughout palumbo is “well, I have over a 4.0 GPA” and I’m here to let you know exactly what this means.
At Academy @ Palumbo, our grade point averages, GPA, are weighted. This means a certain percentage is added to our grade to compensate for the difficulty of the class. Advanced classes, which all of our classes are, have a 10% boost, Honors or Mentally Gifted classes are weighted 15%, and Advanced Placement classes, AP, are weighted 20%.
Sadly, not many students understand this. While a report card may say 4.01, the actual GPA may be around a 3.7 or 3.8. The latter are the GPAs that will be sent to colleges. The weighted GPA are really just there to make us feel better about the classes we are taking. Very few students even know their true GPA.
A Junior at Palumbo An’Yea Sams believes “they should’ve told us from the beginning, because it’s really messing us up. We see the weighted GPA and think ‘yeah, we’re not doing too bad,’ and then we see the unweighted GPA, and are just taken by surprise.” This opinions is the same as many at Palumbo. And many students do not even know how to access their unweighted GPAs.
Unweighted GPAs can be accessed on Naviance. But they should be more accessible. I think they should be on our report cards along side our weighted GPAs.