Academic Grading Policy

Grading System

Grades are an assessment of a student’s achievement and progress in each class. Report cards are issued four times during the school year, and interim reports are mailed home soon after the midpoint of each marking period. Grades are reported as follows:


A+        96 – 100

A           94 – 95

A-          90 – 93

B+        86 – 89

B           84 – 85

B-          80 – 83

C+         76 – 79


C            74 – 75

C-          70 – 73

D+        66 – 69

D           64 – 65

D-         60 – 63

F            0 -59 (no credit)

I             Incomplete*


*Incompletes are given only for exceptions such as long illness or emergency, and require special arrangement. Missed work is the student’s responsibility, and must be made up within four weeks after the Incomplete was issued. Failure to make up work will result in an F grade.


Course Levels, Weighting of Grades, and Grade Point Average (GPA)

New Haven Public Schools assigns levels to all high-school academic classes to indicate the degree of challenge inherent in each course. Course levels have a direct effect on a student’s grade point average, or GPA. NHPS high-school courses are classified as follows:


  • Level 4: Advanced Placement/AP
  • Level 3: Honors
  • Level 2: College
  • Level 1: Basic


Students earn both a weighted and an unweighted grade point average (GPA). Weighted or unweighted, a higher numeric GPA reflects a more successful academic performance.

  • Weighted GPA: Weighted grade point average (GPA) does take course levels into account. It is calculated as the arithmetic average of all courses taken (total weighted grade points divided by credits completed). Weighted GPAs range from 5.33 to 0. To calculate a weighted GPA, refer to the relevant weighting columns in the following chart on a course-by-course basis, depending on whether an individual course is Basic, College, Honors, or AP level.


  • Unweighted GPA: Unweighted GPA does not take course levels into account. It is calculated as the arithmetic average of all courses taken (total standard grade points divided by credits completed). Unweighted GPAs range from 4.33 to 0. To calculate an unweighted GPA, use the Standard (unweighted) column in the chart that follows.


This chart shows how NHPS assigns grade points according to grade earned and course level. Other school systems may use different grade point values to calculate GPA.



Grade Earned

Standard   Unweighted

Level 1: Basic courses

Level 2: “College” courses




Weighted: Standard +.5

Level 3: Honors courses




Advanced Placement

Weighted: Standard +1

Level 4: AP courses



A+ 4.33 grade points 4.83 grade points 5.33 grade points
A 4.0 4.5 5.0
A- 3.66 4.16 4.66
B+ 3.33 3.83 4.33
B 3.0 3.5 4.0
B- 2.66 3.16 3.66
C+ 2.33 2.83 3.33
C 2.0 2.5 3.0
C- 1.66 2.16 2.66
D+ 1.33 1.83 2.33
D 1.0 1.5 2.0
D- 0.66 1.16 1.66
F 0 0 0


Note: Some non-academic courses are not assigned a level and are not included in GPA calculation, such as Physical Education, Community Service, Teacher Assistant, and Work Study/Internship.


Rank in Class

Class rank is the calculation of each student’s academic standing in relation to all students in his or her grade. Class rank is finalized prior to the start of senior year and is based solely on the grade 9-11 weighted GPA, which is in turn based on course levels and grades earned. Seniors can calculate their own GPAs using the chart above and should report any discrepancies to a guidance counselor immediately. Note: Only students enrolled in New Haven Public Schools for three or more high-school years are included in class rank calculations.


To learn more, please contact the school or refer to the New Haven Public Schools Student/Parent Handbook, given to all families at orientation. The handbook is also available online at under Parents and Students/News Parents Can Use.