Courses are required to earn scholarships via RaiseMe, and it's important to enter them correctly to get the maximum amount of dollars!
In this article
- What courses can I add to my Portfolio?
- How to add a course
- Grading periods and entering grades
- Special types of courses
- Perfect Attendance
- How to delete a course
What courses can I add to my Portfolio?
You should include any course taken during 9th-12th grade that will appear on your transcript! That includes absolutely any subject, though only core classes will contribute to your RaiseMe GPA.
If you took high school classes in middle school, you should not include them on your Portfolio even if they are eventually going to be on your transcript. If you are graduating a year early, read more here.
Should I enter classes while I'm taking a class?
How to add a course
- If you're adding your first class, you'll see "Add a Class" with a + sign. Click that!
- If you've already added at least one class, there will be an "Add" button in the top right-hand area of the Courses section.
- School: Make sure the school is correct, or edit if necessary. To add a college-level class, read this article on Dual-Enrollment classes. Try these tips if you can't find your school.
- Course Type: Select Regular, Honors, Advanced, AP, IB, and College-Level. For more information, see below.
- Course Name: As you type the name of the course, options will show up as suggestions, but you can type anything you want.
- Subject: Only core courses (math, science, social studies, English, foreign language) will contribute to your unweighted GPA.
- Credit: Most 1 year courses are 1 credit. If you took a class for partial credit, indicate that here.
- Year Taken: The school year (August/September through May/June) during which you took the course.
- Teacher's Last Name: This is required for reference purposes.
- Grading Period: See below for details. Once you adjust the grading period for one class, it will be the new default when you go to add another new class.
- You can save, cancel, or easily save and begin adding another course if you're doing a bunch at a time.
Grading Systems and Entering Grades
We know that schools have all kinds of grading systems and grading periods, so we try to accommodate as many as possible.
Selecting Grading Periods
We offer 4 options for grading periods, and you select a default during signup:
Once you select one of those, you'll be able to select which periods you actually received grades for, including options for Summer or Winter sessions of a class. For example: Your school has quarters and you took Spanish for Q1 and Q2. You also got a final grade. It would look like this:
Now it's time to actually enter the grades you received. Only enter as many as you've been granted so far - if you are in the middle of a course, you could enter Q1, but not Q2, for example.
You can begin typing in the box for each grading period, or you can click on the box to see your options - and there are a lot!
The default is letter grades, but you can switch by clicking the options at the bottom.
Please enter the grade exactly as it appears on your report card or transcript. If you received a 93, for example, put 93, not A.
- Letter grades
- Numbers 1-100
- Withdrawal (under "More")
- Incomplete (under "More")
Editing Grading Periods
When you're editing grading periods, the choice you make will become the default for the next course you add. To edit, click on a course and then "Edit Grading Period."
6 Grading Periods
Some students have 6 grading periods, where 2 grades are assigned and then averaged at the end of the semester, and then repeated for the second semester, resulting in 6 grades. There are 2 options:
- Choose "Semester" as your grading period, with no final grade. Fill in your final averaged grade from period 3 and period 6.
- To enter all 6 grades, create two courses. Set the "Credits" for each course at 1/2, instead of 1. For each course, choose Trimesters, and enter in all 3 grades. Do not enter a final grade.
What is my "Final Grade"?
Your final grade should be the grade from the entire class, not the grade you got on a final paper or test. The final grade needs to match what your transcript will have on it.
If you don't have a final grade, click on a class and click "Edit Grading Period" and unselect the "Final Grade" box. (See the image above under "Selecting Grading Period.") Or, leave "Final Grade" blank - this will not have a negative effect on your scholarships.
Special Types of Courses
Some courses are very straightforward, and others can be more complicated. Here's how to handle some common types of classes or grading systems.
Pre-AP or Pre-IB Classes
If you have multiple levels of a certain course and the pre-AP course option is considered the most rigorous, you can input it in your Portfolio as "Advanced."
AICE (Cambridge) Classes
Enter AICE classes based on what it’s equivalent to on your transcript. For example, it might be equivalent to Honors/Advanced, or it may be equivalent to an IB/AP-level course. If you don’t know what the AICE class is equivalent to, ask your teacher or counselor.
There is a Honor/Award for “AP Capstone Diploma”, so you can enter it in under 'Honors/Awards' rather than test scores, and then be awarded for it there.
Check out this article to learn more about Perfect Attendance.
How to delete a course
- Click on the course to edit it.
- Click "delete" in the very bottom left corner and confirm that you want to remove the course.