People who support weighting honors and AP classes think that students taking higher level classes should be rewarded for the extra effort needed to achieve good grades.
Nick Moskov ’16 commented that “Honors and AP classes are more rigorous than regular classes. Therefore, students who are willing to put in that extra effort are entitled to a higher GPA.”
Also, by adding extra points to grades earned in harder classes, students have an incentive to challenge themselves academically. Since GPA’s represent how well a student is doing in school, they should also represent when a student has taken a more difficult class. While many people agree with weighting grades, there are differences in opinion in which classes should be weighted and by how much.
Ariana McKenzie ’16 said that, “AP’s should be weighted heavier than honors because it is a college level course. I do not think it should be weighted on the same level as honors because honors is not a certified college level course.”
However, many people are against weighting honors and AP’s altogether. They ask: is there really that big of a difference between an honors class and a regular class? Some point to the fact that weighting honors and AP’s discourages students from taking regular classes they should really be in because they are mostly interested in the 5% boost.
Furthermore, some argue that students who do not take honors and AP classes are put at a disadvantage because they do not receive extra points. Sabrina Snowberger ’16 commented that, “Honors and AP’s should not be weighted because people elect to take those classes so they should know what they are getting themselves into.”