South Allegheny High School uses an unweighted and weighted quality point average formula to determine honors. Students will receive a cumulative unweighted and weighted quality point average (QPA) that will be reflected on student transcripts. Unweighted QPA is determined by dividing the total quality points by the total eligible credit hours. Quality points are numerical values assigned to grades (A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, E = 0). Weighted QPA is calculated using an added value for Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. The QPA is calculated by AP courses receiving additional weight by adding one (1) quality point to the grade achieved by the student, (e.g. A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0, D=2.0, E=0.0). Honors courses receive additional weight by adding one-half (.5) quality point to the grade achieved by the student (e.g. A=4.5, B=3.5, C=2.5, D=1.5, E=0.0).
Class rank will be eliminated from the high school transcript starting with the class of 2014. Class rank will be only made available for scholarship applications on which it clearly and visually stipulates that class rank is required and will not be accepted without this information. Class rank will be determined using the weighted QPA and by limiting the calculations of quality point averages (QPAs) to two (2) decimal places.
The new graduation honors procedure will eliminate the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian. A student who obtains 17.25 credits during his/her tenure will be considered a senior and will be eligible for graduation honors.
South Allegheny graduates will be recognized for their academic achievement as follows:
- Cum Laude: weighted cumulative QPA 3.2 to 3.74 (blue honor cord)
- Magna Cum Laude: weighted cumulative QPA 3.75 to 4.24 (gold honor cord)
- Summa Cum Laude: weighted cumulative QPA 4.25 and higher (blue and gold honor cord)
All graduates earning a QPA of 4.0 or higher will be recognized by a Certificate of Distinction.
Grade Non-Weighted Honors Advanced Placement
A 4 4.5 5
B 3 3.5 4
C 2 2.5 3
D 1 1 1
E 0 0 0