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Grade Point Average

Schools and employers look for students with high grade point averages (GPA) as proof of their willingness to work hard and evidence of what they have learned. Maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA is often necessary to participate in sports, extracurricular activities, and selected classes.

A 2.0 GPA meets high school graduation requirements but most colleges—and some trade schools—expect a high school GPA of at least 3.0 (B) or better. If you take honors and advanced classes, you can earn additional points toward GPA calculation because these classes have an increased level of difficulty. 

Whether you are in middle or high school, it is important for you to understand how grading systems work. The most common is the point system where each letter grade is assigned a number of points: 

A = 4.0
B = 3.0
C = 2.0
D = 1.0

You can compute your current GPA using an online GPA calculator.