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What GPA makes the top ten percent at your high school?

cottoncubecottoncube Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
edited May 2013 in College Admissions
I'm go to a private high school that is very competitive. My weighted GPA is a 4.3 and I'm ranked 32 of 181, which is the top 18%.

What would your weighted GPA have to be to make the top ten percent of your high school class? What is your GPA and class rank?
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Replies to: What GPA makes the top ten percent at your high school?

  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,513Registered User Senior Member
    Just curious: what answers do you expect people will give you? I suspect it'll be all over the board.

    And what conclusions can be drawn from it?

    The only pertinent thing is that you go to an extremely competitive and high achieving HS. Don't sweat it. Colleges will quickly recognize this. Congrats on your achievements to date.
  • cottoncubecottoncube Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    I don't mean to show off or anything at all. I just posted my own information to set an example for other posts. I'm going to move to a different school and I really want to be in the top 10% of my class there, so I'm trying to figure out if my own GPA would be good enough for the top 10% at a larger, average public school. I made this post to try to get some perspective on what my chances are. Thanks!
  • illinifan200583illinifan200583 Posts: 143Registered User Junior Member
    i go to a school of 3800 so about 900 little more in my class. I have a 4.2 weighted GPA. and at the end of first semester junior year i was top 11 percent and was ranked 92.
  • wdaveowdaveo Posts: 405Registered User Member
    My son has a 4.3 UW (4.0 W) and he is #34 out of 325.
  • Myname2Myname2 Posts: 123Registered User Junior Member
    4.5/5 is top 10%. Honors classes are out of 5, advanced are out of 4.5.
  • caligulashorsecaligulashorse Posts: 311Registered User Member
    I went to a private, all-girls high school with a graduating class of about 55. Top 10% weighted GPA was somewhere around 3.9-4.2. For reference, valedictorian graduated with about a 4.2 and went to UPenn, salutatorian maybe a couple tenths of a point off and went to Rice.

    Another thing that might be helpful to note when listing top 10% GPA is how much classes are weighted, if at all, since it can really skew perceptions of GPAs. At my high school, APs were weighted .33 more and honors by .16, but the public school in town added a full point for APs and .5 for honors.
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,513Registered User Senior Member
    Like I said, the ranges are extreme. I know one girl, a valedictorian of an inner city HS with a 3.2 GPA. She got a full ride to UMich and failed out after one year.
  • PancakedPancaked Posts: 2,982Registered User Senior Member
    Just goes to show how schools inflate/deflate GPA as a whole.
  • crazyfingahzcrazyfingahz Posts: 18Registered User New Member
    Wow, there is a wide range here.
    I have a little over a 4.1, 37 of about 370, so I just barely make it.
  • cottoncubecottoncube Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, GPA standards really depend on the school, so it's very hard to compare.

    My current school gives both honors and AP classes a 5.0 out of 4.0 weighted credit if you make an A. Some schools give you only a 4.5 credit for honors and 5.0 for AP.

    One high school I'm thinking about transferring to only counts your core classes (math, sci, eng, hist) into your GPA when they rank the students. It's a little-over-average rated public school. That school also gives you a 5.0 credit for honors/AP classes. I'll be a senior next year, and assuming I can make straight A's the first semester, my GPA would be a rounded 4.5. Who knows if that kind of GPA would make top 10% there, though
  • cottoncubecottoncube Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Whoops I just meant 5.0/5.0 credit for honors/AP courses. I have to worry if a 4.4-4.5/5.0 would be good enough at a school that only counts core classes. With only core classes, students that have over a 4.0 weighted GPA would get a higher one without those 4.0 credits you get from electives to bring it down
  • bellybelly Posts: 1,195Registered User Senior Member
  • paperbackheadpaperbackhead Posts: 218Registered User Junior Member
    Our rank is weighted, but our GPA isn't. I've taken 5 APs total and otherwise all honors when possible, no science in senior year (and no AP science ever), and no AP or honors electives. I have a 3.38 UW GPA. I'm right at the threshold the top 5% of my senior class.

    My GPA isn't deflated or anything; my school is just pretty crappy in terms of how many students do their work vs how many never go to class.
  • Vertigo220hVertigo220h Posts: 914Registered User Member
    I had...a 4.4? And was top 7-8%? The 3.8ish UW I had wasn't too far off of what my ACT score indicated, so I'm not sure how grade inflation affected my school.
  • psychmamapsychmama Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
    My S went to a private HS with a graduating class of 120. His GPA was 3.89 and there was no weighting done by the school, even though he took 9 AP classes his Jr and Sr years. IIRC he was in the top 8% of his class.

    I know colleges look at the rigor of the school and the courses taken at that school as much as GPA or class rank. Still, I've sometimes wondered if our school's grading system places their kids at a disadvantage when competing with GPAs of 4.5 or 5.0. It's not even possible to get higher than a 4.0 at my S's school.
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