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GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) For Williamson County Purposes

Grade Point Average (GPA) will be calculated for high school course work based on the following graduated 4-point scale. Note the additional grade point weighting of 0.5 for Honors courses and 1.0 for Advanced Placement courses.

Grade Range Regular Honors AP
97-100 4.0 4.5 5.0
94-96 3.7 4.2 4.7
91-93 3.5 4.0 4.5
87-90 3.3 3.8 4.3
84-86 3.0 3.5 4.0
81-83 2.7 3.2 3.7
77-80 2.3 2.8 3.3
72-76 2.0 2.5 3.0
70-71 1.0 1.5 1.9
0-69 0.0 0.0 0.0

Students who take High School courses prior to high school (e.g. algebra, geometry, physical science, world language) will receive credit when achieving a course grade of 70 and passing the credit test.  However, the grades for the class will not be used in the calculation the studentís high school GPA. 

For purposes of determining honor graduates (e.g. top 10, top 10%, valedictorian, salutatorian, etc.) ranking in senior class will be calculated on ALL high school course work, grades 9-12.

For high school transfer students, the cumulative GPA on the transcript for transferred work will be used without any recalculation other than conversion to a 4-point scale as the beginning point to combine with in-system courses.  All students who are enrolled for the entire final semester of the senior year will be included in the class ranking and in determination of honor graduates and honor recognition as graduating seniors. 

Tennessee Uniform Grading Scale (TN UGPA) - This grading scale is the one used to calculate and report a student's GPA to the State of Tennessee for Hope (Lottery) Scholarship consideration.

Grade Range

All Courses Levels, including Honors,A.P/I.B.









WCS Grading Scale v. Tennessee Uniform Grading Scale

To become eligible for both the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship and General Assembly Merit Scholarship, a studentís GPA will be configured using the Tennessee Uniform Grading Policy (TN UGPA), as mandated by the Tennessee Board of Education. THE TN UGPA WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN THE WCS GPA AND WILL BE FREQUENTLY  BE LOWER THAN THE WCS GPA. THE TN UGPA DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE WCS TRANSCRIPT. STUDENTS USING THE TN UGPA TO QUALIFY FOR THE TN LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP SHOULD CONTACT THEIR SCHOOL COUNSELOR.


The grades used on Williamson County report cards and transcripts may be interpreted as follows:

  • A--the work is exemplary and has been completed in a timely and independent manner. The work shows the studentís high level of understanding or performance.
  • B--The work is above average and has been completed in a timely manner.  The work shows the studentís above-average level of understanding or performance.
  • C--The work is satisfactory and may or may not have been completed in a timely and/or independent manner.
  • F--The student has not attempted the work or the student has failed to complete the work.