GPA (Grade Point average)

Your GPA is an important metric that summarizes your academic performance throughout high school. It considers all your grades and averages them together to arrive at a cumulative grade, then converts them into a numerical scale. The traditional GPA scale ranges from 0.0 to 4.0, but some schools use a weighted GPA scale that goes higher to account for more difficult classes like AP, dual credit, and IB. An A is worth more than in a standard class and could translate into a 5.0 or even a 6.0 GPA. It's essential to understand the grading system at your school to calculate your GPA accurately.

Here’s a conversion chart that shows all the possible GPAs and their corresponding letter grades and percentages: 

Your cumulative GPA is calculated by taking the average of all your semester GPAs throughout your high school or college career. This means it's essentially an average of averages, combining all your semester GPAs into one representative GPA. 

Your cumulative GPA provides an overall picture of your academic performance across all semesters.

You can easily find your school district's GPA policy by visiting your district's website and checking out their course guide. It should be clearly outlined as any other important academic policies you need to know about. Make sure to familiarize yourself with these policies to stay on track and meet all necessary requirements.