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02-26-2013, 01:01 PM
I hate figuring GPA. I've been told it's easy, but I always feel like I'm doing it wrong, and someone will see the transcript and think, Hey this "homeschool mom" doesn't even know how to figure a GPA!

So I need help. Do you use an online calculator? Or do it yourself?

Two things that confuse me are the classes worth .5 credits and how to work in the previous years -- the cumulative GPA.

I just don't get it. Can someone walk me through it, or direct me somewhere online?

02-26-2013, 01:43 PM
This one looks helpful:


02-26-2013, 02:19 PM
I love doing this because I am a geek, but how I do it is probably silly, but it works for me. I do report cards via semesters so that it's easy to deal with .5 courses and it's no hassle if my kids take a semester course.

A's get 4 points.
B's get 3 points.
C's get 2 points.
D's get 1 point.
F's get 0 points.

I add up their grades. We do 7 courses a year. So for example:

23 points

Now divide the # of points by the # of subjects and that's your GPA. 23/7 = 3.29 GPA (round up the hundreth ... 3.285714 becomes 3.29)

The way I do cumulative is I just look at the past report cards' GPA's (as semesters for us) and add them all up and divide by the number of semesters. It's easy because they're on my hard drive anyway.

So for example:

Fall 2010 = 3.57
Spring 2011 = 3.57
Fall 2011 = 3.29
Spring 2012 = 3.72
Fall 2012 = 3.14
Spring 2013 = newest GPA 3.29

3.57 + 3.57 + 3.29 + 3.72 + 3.14 + 3.29 = 20.58 \ 6 semesters = 3.43 cumulative GPA

If they only had yearly reports cards previously, I would just double up on those to even things up.

So count the freshman year GPA twice in your adding, count the sophomore GPA twice as well, and then count your semester Junior year GPA once. Divide the added up total of those 5 GPAs, divide by 5 and that will get you the cumulative GPA.

Freshman year 3.57
Sophomore year 3.14
Junior Fall semester 3.29

3.57 + 3.57 + 3.14 + 3.14 + 3.29 = 16.71 / divided by 5 (for 5 adjusted GPAs) = 3.34 cumulative GPA

I hope that makes sense.

Donna in MO
02-26-2013, 03:47 PM
There's GPA information about halfway down on this page: http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000019.asp It says essentially the same thing that CJ said, but with a wee bit more info. (Although it doesn't address semester/half credit grades. Thank you, CJ!)

02-26-2013, 05:12 PM
Thank you!

CJ, that is exactly what I was looking for! :kiss:

02-27-2013, 02:08 PM
My pleasure!! :kiss: