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ACHS Advanced Placement Weighted Courses

All Pre-AP and AP courses, taught at ACHS, will be graded on a modified and 5.0 weighted grade scale.  All other courses at ACHS will remain on the 4.0 non-weighted grade scale.  The AP tests are national tests given every May.  These tests are optional for students enrolled in AP classes.  Arkansas City School District covers the cost of the test for all students enrolled in AP classes.  The courses listed below are included on the modified and 5.0 weighted grade scale.  The weighting for the courses listed below initiated with the 2016-2017 fall semester.

  • Pre-AP Physical Science (Grade 9)                                                           
  • Pre-AP/Honors English I (Grade 9)
  • Pre-AP Biology (Grade 10)
  • Pre-AP/Honors English II (Grade 10)
  • AP World History (Grade 10)
  • Pre-AP Chemistry II (Grade 11)
  • AP English Language and Composition (Grade 11)
  • AP U.S. History (Grade 11)
  • AP Biology (Grade 11)
  • AP English Literature and Composition (Grade 12)
  • AP Economics (Grade 12)
  • AP Chemistry III (Grade 12)
  • AP Calculus (Grade 12)
  • AP Physics (Grade 12)
  • Fort Hays State University KAMS program courses (see page 4 of enrollment handbook for more information on the KAMS program)

 

See the grading scale for Pre-AP/AP Weighted courses, as well as the Non-Weighted courses below:

PRE-AP/AP WEIGHTED COURSES   NON-WEIGHTED COURSES
GRADE SCALE   GPA WEIGHT GRADE SCALE   GPA WEIGHT
          A = 87-100                A = 5             A = 90-100                A = 4
          B = 77-86                B = 4             B = 80-89                B = 3
          C = 70-76                C = 3             C = 70-79                C = 2
          D = 60-69                D = 2             D = 60-69                D = 1
          F = 0-59                F = 0             F = 0-59                F = 0

 

 


 

Cowley Dual-Credit Weighted Courses

Certain Cowley courses, taken by ACHS students for dual credit, qualify for the 5.0 weighted grade scale.  All other Cowley courses remain on the 4.0 non-weighted grade scale.  The courses listed below are included in the 5.0 weighted grade scale.  As approved by the USD 470 Board of Education, this new weighted system for the Cowley courses, identified below, will be in effect for the spring semester of the 2017-2018 school year.  All Cowley courses qualifying for the weighted scale will be reviewed each school year.

               COWLEY WEIGHTED COURSE                           ACHS CREDIT  

  • ACC1150     Principles of Accounting I (3cr)                            elective (0.5cr)                                                        
  • ACC1160     Principles of Accounting II (3cr)                           elective (0.5cr)
  • BIO4125     General Biology I/Lab (5cr)                                  science (1.0cr)
  • BIO4150     Human Anatomy & Physiology/Lab (5cr)                science (1.0cr)
  • CHM4220    Chemistry I/Lab (5cr)                                          science (1.0cr)
  • CHM4230    Chemistry II/Lab (5cr)                                         science (1.0cr)
  • ECO6113     Principles of Macroeconomics (3cr)                       economics (0.5cr)
  • ECO6114     Principles of Microeconomics (3cr)                        economics (0.5cr)
  • FOL2331     Spanish II (5cr)                                                  world language (1.0cr)
  • MTH4423    Elementary Statistics (3cr)                                   math (0.5cr)
  • MTH4435    Calculus I (5cr)                                                   math (1.0cr)
  • PHS4550     General Physics I/Lab (5cr)                                  science (1.0cr)
  • PHS4551     General Physics II/Lab (5cr)                                 science (1.0cr)
  • PHS4560     Engineering Physics I/Lab (5cr)                            science (1.0cr)
  • PHS4561     Engineering Physics II/Lab (5cr)                           science (1.0cr)
  • PSY6711     General Psychology (3cr)                                     elective (0.5cr)
  • SOC6811     Principles of Sociology (3cr)                                 elective (0.5cr)

 

COWLEY WEIGHTED COURSES   COWLEY NON-WEIGHTED COURSES
GPA WEIGHT GPA WEIGHT
                                A = 5                                  A = 4
                                B = 4                                  B = 3
                                C = 3                                  C = 2
                                D = 2                                  D = 1
                                F = 0                                  F = 0