Indian American student in Florida attains an incredible 10.03 GPA

Time management is important, says Dhara Patel.

By Deepak Chitnis

WASHINGTON, DC: Florida teenager Dhara Patel has made local history by attaining the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) ever in her high school: an astronomically high 10.03.

Patel is currently a graduating senior at Plant City High School, located in central Florida, where she has spent the last four years taking just about every class, rudimentary and advanced, that her school offers. By getting As in all but one of the classes she’s taken over the last four years, she has secured an incredible 10.03 GPA.

Consider this: on the most basic grading scale, which is what Plant City High School apparently subscribes to, the GPAs are calculated out of 4.0. Remember when 4.0 was the highest GPA a high school student could attain? Well now, thanks to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, honors, and dual-enrollment classes, students have the ability to far surpass that.

Counties generally give out GPAs higher than 4.0 if a student takes an Advanced Placement or similar class. For example, an A in normal history would get you a 4.0, but an A in AP history could get you a 4.5 or a 5.0. For someone like Dhara Patel, who took an incredibly 17 AP and dual-enrollment classes in high school and aced them, 10.03 became a feasible goal.

Speaking to the Tampa Tribune, Patel said that she never really set a goal of attaining such a high GPA, but just kept plugging away at her schoolwork. Time management, she says, was the most critical factor to her stunning academic success.

In fact, Patel has so many college-level credits to her name, that she already has enough to earn her an Associate’s degree – and she hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. Her performance in high school was so good, the only B she ever got was in a history class she took from local Hillborough Community College; all her other grades in high school were As.

Patel took night classes, online classes, and even summer classes for four years, in addition to her normal high school curriculum.  For her effort, Patel is the valedictorian of her graduating class, beating out her older brother Parthik who was the salutatorian of his graduating class in 2012. Patel’s graduation was today; now she gets to enjoy her summer before starting college in the fall.

And where does someone who earned a 10.03 in high school go for college? The University of Florida, where she aims to major in microbiology. Her ultimate goal, she says, is to become an orthodontist.


  1. Someone else

    *sigh* This entire page is just so stupid how about this be the last comment and we all get some sleep (and yes I’m pretty sure that’s correct grammar)

  2. So basically, that high school has came up with a really stupid system for weighting classes that makes an A grade in a community college course worth over 10 points to be factored into a students GPA. If her GPA was over 10, they must’ve made college A’s worth something close to 15 to Vance out the 4’s from her standard coursework. Kudos to the student for excelling but the fact that her school is retarded makes her achievement seem less impressive.

    • she took 17 AP and dual enrollment classes and each AP class that you pass adds an extra .5 gpa to your total gpa so it makes sense.

      • As someone who took 19 AP classes during high school, and aced all of them as well I can tell you that its just the school, because I took other classes that weren’t APs I actually had my freshman and sophomore years be unable to give me even a 5.0, this is very much the school, normally an A in an AP is like scoring an S instead of an A so your grade all aps would be out of 5.0, community college courses of which I also took plenty, arent factored into your gpa normally and the few schools I’ve heard of that do this give you pittance for doing it. Not saying acing 17aps isn’t impressive but this just screams a school that is scummy to me, allowing a student to get aq 10.3 on a 4.0 scale screams to me that they just try and let all their kids get 4.0+s for college.

        for more explanation about my grades
        I had 3 5.0 semesters during my high school year,because I took exclusively AP classes during my junior and senior years. during my sophomore year I think I had something like a 4.5 or 6 because I had 4 aps 2 honors and 1 standard class and this was with straight As.
        A .5 grade boost on a 4.0 scale would make is to that getting a D or F in an AP would be the equivalent of an A in an on level course as well. And while Im unsure how the school works, this just screams to me grade fluffing.

        • Id also like to add that unless there are other issues at play Uflorida had a 35% acceptance rate and for someone who managed a feat that impressive, It seems a little under what you would expect her to be going to, those are Ivy grades. And again no flack on her I really don’t mean to criticise her, its just a little weird that shes not going to a super top tier school.

  3. How the hell does this even work? From what I’ve seen, if a class is considered harder it increases the max possible grade by a half or full point. So, if it does work that way, shouldn’t she have a GPA just about equal to the highest difficulty class she took, probably around 5? if it kept on adding the increase to everything, then a student acing 7 AP/College(whatever it is that gets a full point increase) courses a year for 4 years could hit a GPA of like 32. even for just one year that would still be a GPA of 11, so maybe that’s how they calculated hers? Maybe I just suck at math.

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  6. How does one get above a 5.0? If we do the math, and you get an A in all AP classes, after you average them out, it’s still 5.0. Unless there’s some new math that is applied to these AP classes…

  7. fuck all yall i got a 420.69 gpa

  8. My 4.3 GPA’s weave just got SNATCHED

  9. THis is a wrong record, I got 11.5 gpa in my highschool before. I was taking university classes back in my freshman year.

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