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After Many Years, Hackett's GPA is Weighted!

Hackett Catholic Prep has taken a solid step to improve the school. After a long time of using the unweighted grading system, GPAs are now partially weighted.

For those who don’t know, the weighted GPA system benefits students for taking harder classes by inflating their GPA score in that class. Instead of being capped at a 4.0, weighted classes are now on a 5.0 scale (some schools use different numbers, but 5.0 is standard).

The significant change came suddenly at the start of semester 2. Our school counselor, Mrs. Ulbrich, said “Certain colleges were no longer… recalculating the GPA, they were taking what they received from the school at face value.” Not only could that hurt students’ chances of admission, but some colleges refused to offer merit scholarships without a weighted GPA.

Seeing the writing on the wall, Hackett had to make the change. “Our goal is to support you, not only being accepted into college but receiving as much merit scholarship aid as possible. The end goal is to make college affordable and to provide more opportunities for our students,” said Mrs. Ulbrich. 

The fine print of the new GPA system is that AP classes are the ones weighted. From now on, any student in an AP class will receive a 5.0 for an A, 4.67 for an A-, 4.33 for a B+, and so on. Unlike most schools, honors classes will not be weighted due to Hackett not having the breadth of class options for that to make sense. It’s unfortunate, but that’s part of the small-school charm. Although students could have a higher GPA for the same classes at a different school, Mrs. Ulbrich was very confident that it wouldn’t hurt anyone’s chances at admission or scholarships. Different schools use different systems.

GPA is also the deciding factor of the class valedictorian. By weighting harder classes, the ranking now reflects more accurate standings. As of right now, Hackett still does not send class rank information to colleges during applications.


Good job to Hackett for making positive changes to help students after they graduate.


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