• Weighted Grades 

    Students are encouraged to take challenging courses that prepare them for college. Students are also encouraged to take elective courses as a means of exploring areas of interest and as a means of creating a balanced schedule. The primary purpose in taking any course is to learn and develop skills. We recognize that the grades earned in courses does matter when students apply to college and scholarships. Therefore, courses awarding college credit are weighed at a value of 1.25. These include all Advanced Placement courses (including online AP or PSEO courses where a student takes the corresponding AP exam and earns a score of 3 or higher) and all concurrent enrollment courses (for example, Health Care Careers from Pine Technical College), including College in the Schools (University of Minnesota), College Now courses (Southwest State University). Courses with weighted grades and the weight values can be found below.
  • Weighted Courses

    CIS Animal Science
    Plant Science - Concepts

    Plant Science - Greenhouse Technology

    Landscape Design & Construction

    CIS Plant Science

    AP Art History
    AP Music Theory
    AP Art Studio

    Career/Technical Education
    Microsoft Office



    Intro to Metals Tech

    Welding and Machine Tool Tech

    Engineering/Drafting 1

    Exploring Childhood
    Health Care Careers 
    Emergency Medical Responder
    Emergency Medical Technician


    English Language Arts
    AP English Language & Composition
    AP English Literature & Composition
    CIS University Writing & Critical Reading
    CIS Introduction to Literature
    CIS Advanced Public Speaking


    AP Calculus I
    AP Calculus II
    AP Statistics
    CIS Algebra through

    AP Computer Science
    CIS Basic and Applied Statistics 

    AP Biology
    AP Chemistry

    AP Physics
    AP Physics C: Mechanics I & II

    Social Studies
    AP US History
    AP World History
    AP Psychology
    CIS US History to 1880,
    CIS US History beyond 1880
    CIS Micro and Macro Economics
    Political Science
    CIS Political Science

    World Language
    Spanish IV
    College Now Spanish V
    AP Spanish Literature
    College Now French V

  • Unbalanced Scale  

    Weighted Grade Values

     4.0 5.0 
     A-  3.7    4.625
      B+   3.3     4.125 
     3.0   3.75 
     B-  2.7    3.375
      C+  2.3     2.875 
    C  2.0 2.5 
     C-  1.7     2.125 
       D+  1.3     1.625 
     D  1.0    1.25 
       D-  .7      .875