High School Strategic Plan
High School Strategic Plan Summary
Posted April 28, 2014
For more than a year, a committee comprising more than 30 students, parents, teachers, campus leaders and community members from both high schools worked to design a long-term vision for both Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine high schools. This committee was tasked with developing a strategic plan for our high schools that more closely aligns with the district’s LEAD 2021 strategic plan and provides further support for incorporating LEAD 2021 initiatives at the high school level.
Through the committee’s work, three action plans have been developed. These plans create a system that encourages students to take more rigorous courses without sacrificing GPA or class rank while also providing opportunity for students to continue exploring their interests through extra-curricular involvement or career and technical education courses.
Below is a summary of the each Action Plan:
Action Plan 1 – GPA calculation for Top 10 Percent
This plan begins with current students who are freshman during the 2013-2014 school year and continues for subsequent classes. For these students, the weighted GPA shall include semester grades earned in all courses. This is the way the district currently calculates GPA. The difference under this plan is that, beginning with the Class of 2017, the top 10 percent of the graduating class will be determined using the weighted semester grades earned in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Languages other than English (LOTE), as well as any Advanced Placement (AP) courses not associated with these subjects. For the class of 2017, any PreAP course not associated with these subjects and taken to satisfy state or district requirements for graduation shall be included in the calculation for class rank. Non-core academic classes not listed above and extra-curricular courses will not be included in the GPA calculation for the top 10 percent. This supports and encourages students to maintain a rigorous academic course load without sacrificing interests in extra-curricular activities or career and technical education courses.
The Classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 will be unaffected by this action plan. The current class rank calculation method in policy will remain in effect for these graduating classes.
Action Plan 2 – Reporting of Class Rank
Beginning at the end of the spring semester of the 2013-2014 school year, class rank will not be calculated or reported except for students in the top 10 percent, as required by state law. The decision to no longer report class rank outside of the top 10 percent will allow our students to be more competitive in the college admission process. Instead of colleges evaluating our graduates primarily on their class rank, this will encourage them to consider all aspects of the GCISD students’ experience, such as course selection, extra-curricular activities, community service, leadership, etc. All students will be informed of the weighted GPA needed in order to be in the top 10 percent of their class.
Action Plan 3 – GPA scale and course weightings
GCISD will establish a GPA with an equal, 1-point weighted differential between AP, Pre-AP and On Level courses. With an equal distribution, the scale provides more incentive for students to consider taking higher level courses, which aligns with goals of our LEAD 2021 strategic plan to encourage and enhance college and career readiness opportunities for students. Course grades and GPA calculations earned prior to the 2014-2015 school year will remain as reported. The new GPA scale will be effective beginning with the 2014-2015 school year for next year’s freshmen and sophomore classes.
The 2014-2015 junior and senior class will remain on the existing weighted GPA scale through graduation. This is because most AP classes are taken during the junior and senior years and changing the weighted differential between Pre-AP and AP courses between these years could have an unintended effect on overall GPA for these students.
Additionally, under the policy revisions, dual credit courses will be weighted as Pre-AP and courses requiring an AP course as a prerequisite will be calculated with the same weight as an AP course.
Frequently Asked Questions have been developed specific to each high school grade level so that current students and their parents can review this information at their convenience. A more detailed explanation of GPA, class rank and academic preparations for college admissions will be provided to the Class of 2018 and their parents at the freshman orientations in the fall.