Advanced Placement/Weighted Courses

Designated high school courses, because of the level of difficulty and time required for mastery, will carry a weighted grade when final point averages are computed. The course weights are based on the grade standard four-point scale. Grades of A, B, or C in designated weighted courses will receive increased point values (A=5.0, B=4.0, C=3.0). A grade of “D” will receive a weight of one (1), regardless of the course. Weighted courses include the following:


AP English Lit. & Composition           AP Biology                           AP Spanish Language

AP English Lang. & Composition       AP Chemistry                     AP Latin

AP Physics                                              AP Computer Science      AP Art History

AP American Government                  AP Music Theory               AP Statistics

AP Comparative Government            AP Studio Art                      AP Human Geography

AP Microeconomics                              AP French                           AP German

AP US History                                        AP Calculus BC                  AP Calculus AB

Other AP classes as added


Approved concurrent college courses may be taken in grades 11 and/or 12 according to guidelines below.

Weighting of Concurrent College Courses and Dual Enrollment Courses

Concurrent College Courses

1. Students should exhaust the available high school offerings in a particular subject prior to taking a concurrent college course.

2. Students are responsible for completion of the permission form required for college registration.

3. Except for extenuating circumstances, the weighting of concurrent college course options is limited to students who have completed their junior year.

4. Extenuating circumstances should be determined by the principal based on (a) academic necessity, (b) student academic record, and (c) student maturity.

5. Only one concurrent college course per semester will be granted additional weight.

6. The concurrent college course must be a three (3) credit course in a content area.

7. College courses excluded from weighting are all introductory courses and world languages that do not exceed the rigor of Advanced Placement.

8. Students who take a college course to satisfy the full-enrollment requirement must supply official college transcripts prior to the end of the high school semester in which the course is taken.

9. Students who take a college course in addition to being fully enrolled in high school courses must supply an official college transcript prior to the end of the high school semester in which the course is taken if they wish to include the course on their high school transcript.

10. Students who drop a concurrent college course that is taken as part of the full-enrollment requirement will receive and “F” on the high school transcript for that course.

11. Students and their parents must assume the costs and risks associated with taking concurrent college courses..

12. Confer with your counselor to review expectations.


Dual-Enrolled College Courses:

1. Courses taught at the Governor’s School for Science and Technology that offer dual enrollment at Christopher Newport University or Thomas Nelson Community College shall receive additional weight.

2. Courses that are dual-enrolled with Thomas Nelson Community College and are taught at the high school level will receive additional weight if:

a. the course has been articulated by TNCC to a four year college (subject to annual review and teacher credentialing), and the student has completed the dual enrollment process, OR

b. the course is the second course in a tech prep completer sequence.