So What is Top 10%

To start, for 20 years, the state of Texas has directed state colleges to automatically admit all high school graduates that graduated in the top 10% of his/her class (some exceptions have been granted when the top 10% is too high a percentage of admitting classes). This rule was created in an attempt to increase diversity in the top universities.

Class ranking is a mathematical summary of a student’s academic record compared to those of other students in the class. It takes into account both the degree of difficulty of the courses a student is taking (AP®, honors, college-preparatory or regular courses) and the grade the student earns. The compilation of courses and grades is converted to an overall grade point average (GPA), and the higher the GPA, the higher the student’s class ranking. So, a student that has straight A’s that has taken honors and or AP courses, will be ranked higher than a student who also has straight A’s, but no honors or AP courses.   This year, due to the unforeseen Pandemic and in an attempt to support equality for all students, SHISD has determined that the senior class GPA calculations will be cut off at the end of the fall 2019/20 semester.

Congratulations Class of 2020!