High School GPA Calculator
Use our high school GPA calculator to find out your GPA score. This measure is useful to estimate your performance and assess your chances of successfully applying to the college of your dreams. Our tool will let you calculate unweighted and weighted GPAs and may also serve as a high school cumulative GPA calculator. You may enter up to 30 courses; add their types and (optionally) credits, enter your previous scores if you wish, and in a blink of an eye, you'll find unweighted, weighted, and cumulative GPAs. Scroll down if you want to:
 Know how to calculate high school GPA;
 Understand the difference between weighted vs. unweighted GPA;
 Check out the high school GPA scale; or
 Have the slightest idea what a good GPA in high school is.
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High school GPA scale
GPA  Grade Point Average  is one of the measures of students' academic performance. Most high schools in the US use a 4.0 GPA scale  a 4point grading scale. The table below shows a typical letter grade/GPA conversion system:
Letter grade  Percentage  4.0 scale  +4.0 scale 

A+  97100  4  4.3 
A  9396  4  3 
A  9092  3.7  3.7 
B+  8789  3.3  3.3 
B  8386  3  3 
B  8082  2.7  2.7 
C+  7779  2.3  2.3 
C  7336  2  2 
C  7072  1.7  1.7 
D+  6769  1.3  1.3 
D  6566  1  1 
F  Below 65  0  0 
Some schools reward A+ with 4.3, so obtaining a score exceeding the standard maximum of a 4.0 GPA is possible. The values in the table are typical, but the percentage intervals and GPA scale may differ slightly between schools. Also, some courses provide extra points due to their difficulty, but you'll read more about that in the next paragraph.
Weighted vs unweighted GPA
This paragraph is a must if you're wondering about the differences between weighted vs. unweighted GPAs. Weighted or unweighted? This is a question!
 Unweighted GPA  How to calculate a high school unweighted GPA?
An unweighted GPA is calculated when all courses are graded on the same scale. That means it doesn't take the levels of your classes into account  so when course #1 is graded on a 0.0  4.0 GPA scale, other courses will also have the same maximum, no matter the difficulty of the course. If you don't have credits or points for specific classes, you can calculate the unweighted average as
So, for example, assume that's your results sheet:
Course  Grade 

Maths  A 
Physics  B+ 
Physics lab  C+ 
English  A 
Let's find the numerical values for our letter grades:
Course  Grade  Scale 

Maths  A  4.0 
Physics  B+  3.3 
Physics lab  C+  2.3 
English  A  3.7 
Then, we can calculate the unweighted GPA as
Did you notice that it's a standard average? Summing all scores and dividing by the total number of observations (4 courses).
Things get more complicated when the credits for the courses appear. Some sources (e.g., gpacalculator.net) ignore the course's credits for unweighted GPA scores, but others (like gpacalculator.io) keep them. If you enter the credits for your courses, we'll show you both results, and you'll choose the one you need. Sounds fair, right?
So, if your classes have some credits/points, you can calculate the weighted average of grades and credits (but still, it's not the thing we usually name as weighted GPA):
Course  Credits  Grade  Scale 

Maths  0.5  A  4.0 
Physics  1  B+  3.3 
Physics lab  0.5  C+  2.3 
English  1  A  3.7 
Then, the GPA will be equal:
So in this example, this gives
$\frac{4.0 \times 0.5 + 3.3 \times 1+ 2.3 \times 0.5 + 3.7 \times 1}{0.5 + 1 + 0.5 + 1} = \frac{10.15}{3} = 3.38333... \approx 3.38.$
The courses with higher credit value have better marks, so the overall GPA is also higher in this case.
 Weighted GPA  How to calculate high school weighted GPA?
Weighted GPA takes into account the difficulty of the course. So, if you're taking classes from a higher level, the points will be added to your grade. There are a couple of types of more demanding courses which influence your weighted GPA score:
 AP Courses (Advanced Placement Courses) usually give you an additional point to your standard GPA score,
 IB Courses (International Baccalaureate Courses) are also rewarded with an extra 1 point,
 College Prep Classes can also add 1 point to your grade,
 Honors Courses most often give you an additional 0.5 points (although you can find schools where it's awarded 1 point, check it first in your school's rules).
Letter grade  Percentage  Regular GPA  Honors GPA  AP/IB/College prep GPA 

A+  97100  4  4.5  5 
A  9396  4  4.5  5 
A  9092  3.7  4.2  4.7 
B+  8789  3.3  3.8  4.3 
B  8386  3  3.5  4 
B  8082  2.7  3.2  3.7 
C+  7779  2.3  2.8  3.3 
C  7336  2  2.5  3 
C  7072  1.7  2.2  2.7 
D+  6769  1.3  1.8  2.3 
D  6566  1  1.5  2 
F  Below 65  0  0  0 
Thus, having a 4.0 unweighted GPA score doesn't mean you're the best of the best  maybe you've just chosen the easiest courses?
Continuing with our example, now our four classes have the course type assigned:
Course  Credits  Grade  Course type  GPA scale 

Maths  0.5  A  Honors  4.5 
Physics  1  B+  Regular  3.3 
Physics lab  0.5  C+  Regular  2.3 
English  1  A  AP  4.7 
As two courses are not standard classes, they get extra points (A from Maths  4.5 instead of 4.0, as it's an Honors course, A from English  4.7 instead of 3.7, as it's an AP course).
The formula for calculation of weighted GPA then looks like this:
 Without course credits
 Taking into account courses credits
where $\text{weighted grade value}$ is a:
 $\text{grade value} + 0$ for Regular courses;
 $\text{grade value} + 0.5$ for Honors courses; and
 $\text{grade value} + 1$ for AP/IB/College Prep courses.
In this example, this gives us
$\frac{4.5 \times 0.5 + 3.3 \times 1 + 2.3 \times 0.5+ 4.7 \times 1}{0.5 + 1 + 0.5 + 1} = \frac{11.4}{3} = 3.8.$
How to calculate high school GPA?
Let's sum up what we've learned in the last paragraph. High school GPA formulas are ratios, and they look as follows:
 Unweighted GPA, where we DON'T care about course difficulty.

If we DON'T care about course credits
$\text{GPA}_{\text{high school}} = \frac{\sum\text{grade value}}{\sum\text{courses}}.$ 
When we DO care about course credits
$\text{GPA}_{\text{high school}} = \frac{\sum(\text{grade value} \times \text{credits})}{\sum\text{credits}}.$
 Weighted GPA  in that case, we DO care about course difficulty

And we DON'T care about course credits
$\text{GPA}_{\text{high school}} = \frac{\sum\text{weighted grade value}}{\sum\text{courses}}.$ 
And we DO care about course credits
$\text{GPA}_{\text{high school}} = \frac{\sum(\text{weighted grade value} \times \text{credits})}{\sum\text{credits}}.$
It's not as hard as it seems! Have a look at our stepbystep example. We'll show how easy the calculations can be with our high school GPA calculator. Let's take the grade sheet from the previous paragraphs:
Course  Credits  Grade  Course type  GPA scale 

Maths  0.5  A  Honors  4.5 
Physics  1  B+  Regular  3.3 
Physics lab  0.5  C+  Regular  2.3 
English  1  A  AP  4.7 
And we'll finally use the high school GPA calculator!

Pick up a grade for the first course. So it's 'A' for Maths in our example.

Enter the class credits (if you have any) To have the credits displayed, hit the
Advanced mode
button. Change the default value from 1 to 0.5. 
Select the course type. Maths is an Honors course, so pick it from the dropdown list.

Repeat until all courses from your grade sheet are included. It's ok if you want to enter less than four courses  the calculator ignores the blank boxes.
For our case, we'll select:
 Course #2 (Physics) grade: B+, credits: 1, course type: Regular
 Course #3 (Physics lab) grade: C+, credits: 0.5, course type: Regular
 Course #4 (English) grade: A, credits: 1, course type: AP

Here you go! The high school GPA calculator did all the math, and the GPA value is displayed. Even more  both weighted and unweighted GPAs are displayed. Awesome!
 Your unweighted GPA: 3.33 (credits and course difficulty are not taken into account)
 Your unweighted GPA: 3.38 (weighted with credits, but not course difficulty)
 Your weighted GPA: 3.8 (weighted with credits and course difficulty)
We don't display separately GPA weighted with course difficulty but not with credits  we assumed that if you have chosen credits and course difficulty, you should consider both of them in the weighted GPA. If you don't change the credits' default values, you'll get that valueweighted GPA, which is only weighted with course difficulty.
As you probably noticed, the results agree with our manual calculations. Yay!
Calculate high school cumulative GPA
This calculator can work as a high school cumulative GPA calculator. Click the Advanced mode
button, and apart from course credits, two boxes will appear  your current GPA score and the sum of credits you got. Note that this option gives valid results only if you type the sum of credits from which the current cumulative GPA was calculated.
Let's continue with our example: we've calculated the GPA from our last semester of high school, but we'd like to know what's our overall cumulative GPA after all these hard years!
 Assume that our cumulative GPA from all previous semesters equals 3.60. Type this value into the
Cumulative GPA
box.  During all semesters, we did courses for 23 credits. Enter 23 into
Credits
.  Under the calculator , you'll find the GPA values and weighted cumulative GPA, which is equal to 3.62 in our example.
What is a good GPA in high school?
There's no good answer to such a question, as it all depends on you, your ambition, the college you want to apply to, and many other factors. You may want to look at the data about average high school GPA to check where you are  but still, remember that these are averaged values, and the average GPA differs with regard to gender, ethnicity, school, state, etc.
According to NCES (National Center for Education Statistics)
, average GPA values for high school students are: 3.0 is an overall GPA (an increase from 2.68 in 1990);
 2.79 in core academic courses (math, science, English, and social studies);
 3.14 in other academic courses (foreign language and other academic classes not from the core);
 3.39 in other classes (PE, cooking).
The numbers may be a bit outdated, as we know the growing trends of all grades, both in high school and college. That's why you can check a
which shows that the overall average GPA is equal to 3.38.However, if you're a college candidate, you should aim higher than average. Of course, it depends on your college choice, but if you're aiming, e.g., for an
, your scores should be almost perfect:Ivy League school 🎓  Average GPA of admitted students 

Brown University  4.05 
Columbia University  4.13 
Dartmouth College  4.01 
Harvard University  4.10 
University of Pennsylvania  4.04 
Princeton University  3.90 
Yale University  3.90 
Cornell University  4.19 
Yes, that's pretty jawdropping 😲. But don't freak out if you think your GPA is too low  try as hard as possible, and don't give up! Also, remember that many academic and nonacademic aspects are important during application  and your GPA value is only one of the factors.
You can enter up to 30 courses. Next input field appears when you enter grade into last box. Check advanced mode for courses credits and CGPA.