Things to know about class rank! Most high school students don’t know much about class rank, and in my opinion, most of you don’t exactly need to worry about it. It becomes really important for a handful of students in each school–the top 10%, to be precise. But it is interesting, and an oft’ discussed subject, so let’s cover the ins and outs of ye olde class rank.
**PLEASE DO NOT POST A COMMENT HERE ASKING ME TO DO A MATH PROBLEM FOR YOU. COME ON, PEOPLE! Divide your number by the total number of kids in your class and then if the number is 10 or less (.10, .09, .08, etc etc) THEN you are in the top ten and should report rank. If not, do not.
Example: My rank is 145. There are 467 kids in my class. What percent am I?
145/467 = X
145 divided by 467 = .31
31% is more than 10%, so you are NOT in the top ten percent. Do NOT report this class rank. 🙂
8 divided by 98 = .08
.08 = 8%
This is LESS than 10%
You ARE in the top 10%. DO LIST this class rank.
Also, some high schools “weight” class rank and some don’t. This means you get more points for having taken an AP or IB class. At schools where class rank is unweighted, consider this scenario: Some student may have taken all of the easiest classes at school and earned a 4.0. Some other student may have taken all of the hardest classes at school and earned a 4.0. Because the school does not “weight” class rank, both of those students would be tied for first place rank in the class. Both of those students would be Valedictorian. Most kids feel this is unfair, even the kids who take the less rigorous courses. It’s a pretty weird decision on the part of the school, in my humble opinion. The most equitable solution seems to be for schools to “weight” class rank, giving more points for more challenging courses.
Another factor to consider about your class rank is pulling up classes from middle school to raise your GPA. If you took Algebra 1, Spanish or French 1, or Biology in 8th grade, AND IF YOU GOT A’s, you can pull those classes from 8th grade up onto your high school transcript and they will PERHAPS raise your GPA. If your high school weights GPA by giving more points to your GPA for harder classes, then be aware that these middle school classes are UNWEIGHTED and they will come in as 4.0 points, not 5.0 for an A, so they can actually bring down a GPA. And if your high school weights class rank, then bringing up unweighted A’s from middle school will also lower your class rank, so watch out. Know before you go. As in, know the facts before you ask your counselor to pull up middle school grades. Most times that decision is not reversible!
If you have a low GPA, bringing up middle school A’s can raise your GPA (B’s will just pull it toward a 3.0), so pulling them up can be good. Besides, if you struggled with GPA, then you’re not concerned about impressing any colleges with your class rank, so truly, don’t worry about it. If you have a really high GPA, like a 3.9, I do not recommend pulling up middle school grades because it will (ask your school) likely drop your class rank, which could be decently high, so watch out.
At the end of the day, if your class rank does actually end up putting you in the top 10% of your graduating class, be sure to list it on every possible college application because all colleges will love it. Most won’t expect it, but hey, if someone hands you a Ferrari, you just take it, so list it.
For the vast majority of my loyal readers out there, don’t sweat your class rank. GPA is another matter, but let’s discuss that another day, Camper. Until then, Yay College!
PLEASE DO NOT POST A COMMENT HERE ASKING ME TO DO MATH FOR YOU. See the math examples above and DO YOUR OWN MATH. All such silly/lazy/bizarre comments will be deleted. You can use a calculator. I am not your calculator. 🙂