1. Graduates completing a College Prep (CP) Diploma must have a 3.0 GPA on a TRUE 4.0 scale. (The numerical GPA is no longer considered.)



2. The following scale will be used to convert numerical grades to a TRUE 4.0 scale:

    A = 4.0 (numeric grade of 90-100)

    B = 3.0 (numeric grade of 80-89)

    C = 2.0 (numeric grade of  70-79)

    F = 0 (numeric grade 69 or below)




 3. The grades for ALL attempted (passed and failed) academic courses will be    

     converted to a TRUE 4.0 scale for calculation of the HOPE GPA. The following

     academic courses will be counted in the HOPE GPA calculation:


ALL English courses with course numbers beginning with 23.

ALL Mathematics courses with course numbers beginning with 27.

ALL Science courses beginning with 26. and 40 plus Animal

   Sciences (02.X210) and Plant Sciences (02.X410).

ALL Social Studies courses beginning with 45.

ALL Foreign Language courses beginning with 60.-64. (College Prep

   diploma only).




4. Algebra I and other 8th grade courses that students received credit for in Middle

    School, will NOT be used to calculate the HOPE GPA.



 5. All grades that are weighted at the local high school level for honors, gifted,

     PreAP and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate will be stripped 

     of their weights by GSFC. Weighting of grades will become uniform across the

     State to calculate the HOPE GPA. However, local high schools can continue to

     add weights to grades in specific courses to calculate rank in class and

     determine honor graduates, valedictorian, and salutatorian.



 6. GSFC will add a 1.0 quality point weight to a TRUE 4.0 scale for Advanced

     Placement (AP) courses completed before June 15, 2006, up to a maximum

     grade of 4.0 (A’s are not weighted). GSFC will add a 0.5 quality point weight on a

     TRUE 4.0 scale for Advanced Placement (AP) completed June 15, 2006 or later,

     up to a maximum grade value of 4.0 (A’s are not weighted).


7. The final HOPE GPA on a 4.0 scale will not be rounded up.    
Modification of an original document prepared by Janice Baker, Department Head, Lowndes High School Guidance and Counseling Department    

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The Advanced Placement Program is a nationally recognized cooperative venture between high schools and colleges and universities. The program provides students with opportunities to take college level courses in a high school setting. Dedicated and enthusiastic faculty who follow course guidelines developed and published by the College Board teach AP courses.


Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in AP courses, as success in AP remains a standard used by colleges for admission decisions and a predictor of future academic success. College credit is awarded based on student performance on the comprehensive AP examination.


Invest in the future through twenty-three AP courses offered at CHS and receive college credit starting in the 9th grade. Courses may be taken in each major area of study.


Most colleges accept AP credit, and some Columbus High students have entered college as sophomores with their AP credits. You can complete college in three years or earn a master’s degree in four.



AP Classes offered at CHS:

  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French
  • Human Geography
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Macroeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • U.S. Government
  • U.S. History
  • World History


General Information

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Columbus High School is a college preparatory magnet school and ranks among the best high schools in the state   and in the country (see U.S. News and World Report, May, 2012, ( see Newsweek, 2013,

The school stands out in its commitment to the college-bound student.  Its liberal arts college preparatory program is designed to develop a well-rounded student by offering a wide range of advanced college preparatory courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, computers, and fine arts.  Students are expected to take courses in all areas through a core curriculum that is compacted, accelerated, and that exceeds state standards.  The curriculum has the flexibility, however, to meet individual academic goals and interests. Individual interests are met through diverse elective offerings, gifted classes, 27 Advanced Placement Courses, and the opportunity for students to develop an academic concentration in an area of their interest ranging from mathematics and science to English or the fine arts.

Due to the high academic standards and expectations at Columbus High School, strong test results have been produced on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests and the SAT that surpass state and national score averages.  At CHS a student learns to make decisions and to budget time by balancing homework, athletics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  It is not surprising that eighty percent of the student body is involved in extracurricular activities.  At Columbus High School: "You can have it all!"

Our mission is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential.

The MCSD is a beacon of educational excellence where all are known, valued, and inspired.




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1700 Cherokee Avenue, Columbus Ga. 31906. Phone 706-748-2534/Fax 706-748-2546.

The Columbus High School administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to developing minds, building leaders, and achieving excellence.  Since the beginning of the Liberal Arts College Preparatory Magnet in 1991, the CHS family has been committed to setting high standards and maintaining a tradition of hard work. 

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Our Purpose
The fundamental purpose of the CHS Media Center is to provide resources and services in a positive environment which will contribute to lifelong learning. 

Our Goal
Our goal is that the entire CHS community of faculty, staff, and students find in the Media Center both access to information and inspiration for ideas.