Students are evaluated using a Criterion-Referenced Alpha Grading System consisting of four Marking Period Grades and a Final Exam Grade in full year, 1.0 credit, courses. These five grades are combined to determine the Final Course Grade.
Grade Point Average
Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical representation of the Alpha Grading System. The Neshaminy GPA System employs a three-tier weighted scale giving additional value to Honors and Advanced Placement in the calculation of GPA and Class Rank. The Table below describes the weighted scale for each Final Course Grade and Course Level. Grade Point Average is calculated by dividing Cumulative Quality Points by the Credits Attempted.
Class rank is a numerical representation of the academic standing for a student in the Neshaminy School District. It represents both quality and quantity of work completed during a student’s academic career in grades nine through twelve. Calculation of Class Rank is determined by total earned quality points; not Grade Point Average. Quality Points are calculated by multiplying the Grade Value [from the Table above] by the Credits.
Weighted GPA Calculation and Class Rank Determination are subject to a yearly credit maximum as indicated below. Credits earned beyond the maximum are excluded from GPA and Class Rank Determinations.
Class Rank will only be calculated for the class of 2022 and 2023.
Maximum Credits used to Calculate GPA/Rank
Maximum Total GPA/Rank Credits
The Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the graduating senior class are selected at the conclusion of the third marking period. The Valedictorian is the student with the highest rank in the senior class. The Salutatorian is the student with the second highest rank. The Valedictorian and the Salutatorian will have the distinct honor of leading the processional of graduates and delivering a speech at the commencement program.
The Quality Point Total used to determine the Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be calculated using the final course grades earned as a freshman, sophomore and junior in addition to all quarter grades from marking periods one, two, and three earned during the senior year.Cumulative GPA and Class rank will be calculated at the following times:
- Grade 12 – Mid-year and End of the Year
- Grade 11 – End of the Year
- Grade 10 – End of the Year
- Grade 9 – End of the Year