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Class Rank Policy 2021 and Beyond

Mansfield City Schools

Bylaws and Policies 

5430 - CLASS RANK

Beginning with the Freshman Class of 2017-2018 School Year

The Board of Education acknowledges the usefulness of a system of computing grade point averages and class ranking for high school students, both to inform students of their relative academic placement among their peers and to provide students, prospective employers, and institutions of higher learning with a predictive device so that each student is more likely to be placed in an environment conducive to success.

The Board authorizes a system of class ranking, by rank points, for students in grades 9 - 12.

Every Course has a weight factor. General Education and Special Education classes are 1.0. Academic Core classes are 1.5. Honors are 2.0, AP, and College Credit Plus classes are 2.5.

Rank and GPA is calculated using Semester Final Grades with the above stated weight factors. Grades earned through Credit Recovery, Summer School Tutored Credit, Flex Credit or any other on-line courses will not count toward rank or GPA.

High School classes taken in Middle School with a C or higher grade will be calculated in the student’s GPA and rank. Classes where a student receives a C- or lower will be retaken in the 9th grade. For example if a student takes Honors Algebra 1 in the 8th grade, and he/she receives a C- or lower, the class will not be recognized as a high school credit and the student will retake the class his/her 9th grade year. In contrast, if a student receives a B in Honors Algebra 1, the grade will be calculated in the GPA and Class Rank. (3.0 x 2 = 6points)

Each letter grade, with + and -, has a numerical value. That numerical value is multiplied by the weight factor. For example, an A has a numerical value of four (4) points. If a student was taking a 1.0 weight factor class, the student would receive four (4) points (4x1.0) for that A for the final grade. If the student was taking a 1.5 weight factor class they would receive six (6) points (4x1.5) for the final grade. If the student was taking a 2.0 weight factor class they would receive eight (8) points (4x2.0) for the final grade. If the student is taking a 2.5 weight factor class they would receive (10) points (4x2.5) for the final grade.

The grades of students transferring to the high school from a home-based school, non-chartered school, or chartered school will be recognized; however, such students shall have no established class rank for purposes of graduation honors, such as Valedictorian, etc., until such time as they have completed four (4) semesters.

No student shall be eligible for graduation honors, such as Valedictorian, etc. unless they have been enrolled for four (4) consecutive semesters prior to the final semester utilized for purposes of determining such honors.

If it is necessary due to a tie for Valedictorian or Salutatorian, the following criteria will be used to break the tie.

  1. ACT (Highest Comprehensive score through February of the students Senior Year)
  2. End of Year Points (Based off of the first test per subject area)

Determination of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian will be made at the end of the school year when the final report card is completed for the graduating year.

Revised 1/31/2017