Grading System

JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM

Report Cards are issued each nine week grading period. Grades are reported as follows:

  1. Nine (9) week and final exam grades will be reported in percentages.

  2. These grades will then be averaged to determine the final course grade.

  3. The final course grade for the semester/year will be recorded both as a percentage and letter grade.

  4. Quality points for GPA calculations will be earned as follows:

    90%-100%  = 4 quality points or letter grade A
    80% - 89%  = 3 quality points or letter grade B
    70% - 79%  = 2 quality points or letter grade C
    60% - 69%  = 1 quality point or letter grade D
    0% - 59%  = 0 quality points or letter grade F


  5. Pass or Fail courses use P for passing and NC (No Credit) for failing.

  6. An I grade (Incomplete) is normally issued when a student has not had an to make up class work missed due to an extended illness. This is a temporary and will be replaced by the actual percentage two weeks after the close of the period. Thus, students have two weeks to complete make-up work after receiving grade.

Progress Reports

In the event that low achievement or a failing grade had been earned by a student at the mid-point of each grading period, a special progress report will be sent home.

Calculating Class Rank

For the purpose of calculating class rank, weighted grades must acknowledge the rigor of academic course work while maintaining a fair standard for all students.

Recognizing that Advanced Placement courses carry with them the standards established for post-secondary study at the college level, Advanced Placement courses will carry a weight of one letter grade higher for percentages earned higher than 73%. Grades of 73% or lower will not be weighted. Weighting, for purposes of calculating class rank only, will occur by adding 9% to the final percentage average in each Advanced Placement course.

Advanced Placement Courses

All students who enroll in Advanced Placement Courses will meet in May to review all summer reading requirements and other assignments. This review will be done cooperatively with the AP teachers and the building principal. Parents will be invited to these meetings.

In order to receive weighted credit, a student must participate in the AP testing program. Irregardless of their score, a student who participates in the AP testing program will receive the weighted credit as presented in the weighted grade proposal. AP Testing is mandatory for weighted grades; at that point, the district will pay the fee for the testing.

Weighted Grades

For the purpose of calculating class rank, weighted grades must acknowledge the rigor of academic course work while maintaining a fair standard for all students.

Recognizing that Advanced Placement Courses carry with them the standards established for post secondary study at the college or university level, Advanced Placement Courses will carry a weight of one letter grade higher for percentages greater than 70% when calculating class rank.

Grades of 69% or lower will not be weighted. Weighting in each Advanced Placement Course will occur by adding 9% to the final percentage for the purpose of calculating class rank.

Advanced Placement Courses: AP American History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English 12 and AP American Government.

Recognizing that Scholar Courses demand a higher level of analytical reading ability and cognitive thinking, Scholar Courses will carry a weighted grade for percentages higher than 70% for the purpose of calculating class rank.

Grades of 69% or lower will not be weighted. Weighting in each Scholar Course, will occur by adding 4.5% to the final percentage for the purpose of calculating class rank.

Dual Enrollment Courses in Spanish with La Roche College

Carlynton has partnered with the La Roche College Scholar Program to offer two courses as dual enrollment. This means that students will have the ability to earn college credit for the coursework they do at Carlynton. These credits have the potential to be transferred to other institutions where the student may enroll. The student must earn a "C" or better final grade in the class in order to receive three college credits per course. This is for work and exams provided by the high school teacher and does not require a separate exam at the end of the year. The coursework and curriculum will be the same, whether or not a student elects the college option. High school credits and grades will still be calculated and applied at Carlynton in either case.

La Roche is currently only offering college credits to students in their sophomore, junior or senior year with a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the start of the course for those who have also met all prerequisite classes.

The cost for the three college credits is $200 payable to La Roche College when the class begins in the fall. This money is nonrefundable once it is processed through La Roche regardless if requirements are met for the credits. This is a considerable value for the investment, when compared to the price of college courses at universities or community college. Participation in these classes will not require the purchasing of additional materials or resources. We will use our own materials at Carlynton. If a student does not wish to earn college credit there is no cost for the Spanish III Dual Enrollment and Spanish IV Dual Enrollment courses. Students in the class will have the opportunity to participate in enrichment opportunities with the La Roche foreign language department. These courses are also weighted at 9%.

For more information, contact the guidance office or Mr. Vayanos in classroom 107.

Scholar Courses: Scholars, English 9 Scholars, English 10 Scholars, English 11 Pre-AP, American Cultures I Scholars, American Cultures II Schools, American Government and the Economy Scholars, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2, Algebra 2-S, Geometry S, Pre-Calculus, French 3, French 4, Spanish 3 and Spanish 4.

The academic Valedictorian and Salutatorian, the Number 1 and Number 2 ranked students in the class respectively, will be determined from those students pursuing a curriculum containing the following:

  • Four credits of English
  • Three credits of Science
  • Three credits of Mathematics
  • Two credits of a Modern Foreign Language
  • Three credits of Social Studies

Quality points for GPA calculations will be earned as follows:

        90% - 100% = 4 quality points
  80% - 89% = 3 quality points
  70% - 79% = 2 quality points
  60% - 69% = 1 quality points
  00% - 59% = 0 quality points

NOTE: Weighted grades will NOT be used to calculate placement in Scholars-level or Advanced Placement classes in any content area.


DROP/ADD POLICY

The goal of the administration is to develop a master schedule that enables each student to take the required and elective classes of his or her choice. In an effort to meet this goal, developing the master schedule becomes a painstaking process where many variables such as class size and teacher availability must be considered. As a result, it is imperative for the student to realize that when a course is requested in the initial scheduling process, it is a commitment to schedule and complete the course. Recognizing that a student may have a change in his/her vocational direction, the following Drop/Add policy, Policy No. 213, must be followed:

All students are encouraged to request schedule changes prior to the first day of school. A parent signature is required on all schedule changes.

  • A student will be permitted to drop an elective course only up until the end of the tenth (10th) day of the school year.
  • The only schedule changes will be made during the school year are those which are absolutely necessary, such as: a mistake on the schedule; a course needed to fulfill a graduation requirement; or a course needed to meet the requirements of a post-high school educational institution.
  • If a student drops a full year course after the start of the school year, the student will receive the following grade: a “W” grade for a dropped course within the first 10 school days; after 10 days, that failing grade (“WF”) will be placed on the student’s report card and the cumulative percentage earned will be used to determine the final percentage average for the course.

EXAMPLE: If a student dropped a full year course after the first 10 days of the school year and had earned a 70% the first nine weeks and a 60% the second nine weeks, his/her cumulative percentage would be 130%. The 130% would be divided by 6 for a final average of 22%. This includes the midterm and final exams that are given in the year-long class.

  • If a teacher initiates withdrawal procedures for a student because of extenuating circumstances at any time during the course year, only a “W” will appear on the report card and the permanent record card.
  • If for some reason computations are erroneously made by the teacher when computing the final average, the building principal will inform the faculty member in writing and be authorized to correct the error.

 

 

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