Letter Grades + Alpha-to-Numeric Conversion
When students transfer to Austin ISD from a school that gives letter grades, a uniform grading system for translating letter grades is used in all secondary schools. The chart below defines the alpha-to-numeric conversion used in AISD. When an alpha-to-numeric conversion scale is provided from the sending district, the sending district’s grading scale is used in lieu of AISD’s conversion chart.
This alpha-to-numeric conversion also applies to grades completed through the dual credit program. High school students enrolled in dual-credit course in which only letter grades are assigned may request a numerical grade from their instructors. College instructors, however, are not required to grant requests for numerical grades. It is the students’ responsibility to verify if the instructor agrees to provide a numerical grade prior to enrolling in the course.
To request a numerical grade, students must contact the college instructor and request that a numerical grade be sent to their high school registrar. The numerical grade provided by the instructor will be used in lieu of the established alpha-to-numeric chart conversion scale.
|Letter Grade||Numeric Conversion|
|F (Failing; below 60)||60|
High School Grade-level Classification
Promotion, grade-level advancement, and course credit shall be based on mastery of the curriculum. Grade-level advancement for students in grades nine through 12 shall be determined by course credits and the student’s original year of entry into grade nine. (EIE LOCAL).
Grade Classification Requirements
- Ninth/Freshman—completion of eighth grade and 0–4.5 credits
- 10th/Sophomore—completion of one year of high school and 5 credits
- 11th/Junior—completion of two years of high school and 10 credits
- 12th/Senior—completion of three years of high school and 15 credits
Note: Credits denied because of excessive absences are not included when determining credit totals.
A family is entitled to request, with the expectation that the request will not be unreasonably denied, that a student be permitted to graduate from high school earlier than the student would normally graduate, if the student completes all required courses and exit-level assessment requirements for graduation.
Students seeking graduation in fewer than four years should see their school counselor or registrar to obtain an early graduation intent form. Prior to grade-level reclassification to grade 12, the student must:
- Meet the minimum credit requirements for grade level reclassification.
- Show evidence of course completion probability for their intended graduation plan.
- Submit a completed early graduation intent form with required signatures.
Grade-point averages for students who complete the high school program requirements in fewer than four years shall be ranked with the class in which they actually graduate.