How does the GPA system work at Hot Springs County High School? This is a question you might ask when just starting high school. For most students GPA is very important and is something that can impact their college and job careers.

First off the GPA is the Grade Point Average of all your class grades. At Hot Springs County High School 4 point scale is used. An A is worth 4 points, a B is worth 3 points, a C is worth 2 points, a D is worth 1 point and an F is worth 0 points.

A student’s GPA at the end of their high school career takes their grades as a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior and combines them into one score.

Bobcat statue in front of Hot Springs County High School

Bobcat statue in front of Hot Springs County High School

According to, “In general, colleges require a 3.0 GPA for admissions [. . .] At the top schools, like the Ivy League and many other small, liberal arts colleges, you’ll need a GPA that approaches 4.0 to be competitive. Furthermore, students at many mid-level colleges have GPAs that are higher than 3.0.”

We asked some of our high school seniors why they thought it was important to work hard in class starting as a freshman and continuing to work hard throughout your high school career and this is how  Senior Caleb DeCroo responded,”I believe that it is important to work hard all throughout high school in order to look better for scholarships and to be able to get accepted into college. It also makes you feel better when you have good grades, and it gives you more confidence.”

It’s important to care about each grade you get in your classes so you can set yourself up for success. The teachers at Hot Springs County High School are always willing to lend a helping hand when someone is struggling with keeping their GPA up, so that they can see the students succeed in life and college.