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Weighted Grades

File: IKC (pdf)
Adopted: April 28, 1994
Revised: June 27, 2006

Associated Regulation: IKC-R


The Board of Education of the Boulder Valley School District encourages students to challenge themselves academically and to pursue the most rigorous and challenging courses that best promote their academic achievement. It is the intention of the Board to
recognize and encourage additional effort and learning required in classes beyond the usual level of difficulty. To accomplish this, a weighted grade scale will be implemented and used externally for college admission and internally for determining high school
grade point average and eligibility for school academic awards and honors.

Weighted grade point average will be displayed on student transcripts. All students taking high school courses may choose between a weighted or regular grade point average at the end of their 11th grade school year. The selected grade point average will be the only grade point average to appear on the student's transcript his or her senior year of high school.

Beginning with the class of 2010, high schools will not include rank or rank their students in any way on transcripts.

High schools will consider the number of students desiring weighted grade classes when determining the number of sections offered.

The following grade scale will be used for weighted grades.

A = 5.0
B = 4.0
C = 3.0
D = 2.0
F = 0.0

Criteria for Determining Which Courses Are Weighted:

  1. Only courses in the following departments may be weighted: language arts, math, science, social studies, foreign language, with the exception that all Advanced Placement, all pre-International Baccalaureate and International Baccalaureate courses, and fifth year language courses are to be weighted.
  2. Weighted courses must be other than those specifically required for graduation.
  3. Weighted courses may be offered in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.
  4. Weighted courses must include material of greater depth and breadth, be more rigorous, and be more academically challenging than other courses for the college bound. Instructors should expect that students in weighted courses are able to work independently.
  5. The expected rate of learning in weighted courses must be much greater than in regular college-oriented courses.
  6. Weighted courses include those comparable in intellectual challenge and student ability level to Advanced Placement courses.

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