Grade Differential


Citizens for Quality Education believes that the present grade differential given for honors and AP classes at Metuchen High School should be raised in an effort to encourage more kids to challenge themselves by opting to take rigorous courses.

Here’s a question for you: Is it better to get an A in a regular high school class or a B in a more rigorous honors or AP class? People may have debated that one for years, but nowadays with college admissions becoming more selective, the answer is clear—today, a B in a more rigorous course is more favorably looked upon by prospective colleges.

Unfortunately, at Metuchen High School even a B+ in an AP class is worth less than an A in a regular class in terms of quality points (3.8 vs. 4.0). During the 2007-2008 academic school year, CQE made it a priority to ask the BOE to change Metuchen High’s grading system, which creates this unfair situation. Our present grade differential has some students choosing easier courses in the hopes of keeping their grade point averages high while, unwittingly, lowering their chances of getting into a more selective college.

For a better understanding of the present grade differential and why it should be raised, please click on the link below:

Letter to Superintendent and BOE (10/10/07)

Please Note: On December 11, 2012 at their meeting, the Board of Education voted on the recommendation of Superintendent Vincent Caputo to set the grade point differential for honor classes at .5 and to increase the grade point differential of AP classes to 1.0 beginning with the MHS Class of 2016.