Butler's 1.51 in the city would have been a 2.125 in the county, said Brand, who was also Butler's coach.

Two years later, holding on to hope that he'll still get to Florida, Butler is working in order to pay a $2,958 college bill by the fall to resume classes at the Community College of Baltimore County.

"I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said. "Same grades, different district, different story."



Weighted GPAs

In the Baltimore region, school districts give additional points toward a student's grade-point average for taking advanced classes; the following are the points that would be added if a student received an "A." In Baltimore City, the weighted GPAs are determined differently, because the district uses a multiplier (1.2 points for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes; 1.1 point for honors).

Anne Arundel

AP/IB: 1 point

Honors: ½ point

Baltimore County

Gifted & Talented/AP: 2 points

Honors: 1 point

Carroll County

AP/College-aligned courses: 1 point

Honors: ½ point

Harford County

Honors: 0 points

AP/IB: 1 point

Howard County

AP/GT: 1 point

Honors: ½ point