Students in either semester of the twelfth grade, who maintain at least a “B” average in a course through both marking periods, may qualify for an exemption from the final examination in that course, provided that the student’s total absences for the semester do not exceed five (5) days with no unexcused absences from that class.
Students in yearlong classes of the twelfth grade, who maintain at least a “B” average in a course through all marking periods may also qualify for exemption from the final examination in that course, provided that the student’s total absences for the year do not exceed ten (10) days with no unexcused absences from that class.
Students who do not meet the attendance eligibility criteria for exam exemptions, including any suspensions, have the right to appeal. An exemption may be granted at the discretion of the principal when excused absences exceed five days. Absences due to school-sponsored field trips, while representing the school in extracurricular activities, or on official school business as authorized by the principal, will not be counted against the student in declaring eligibility for exam exemption. Three tardies to class convert to one class absence for exam exemption eligibility.
SOL Exemptions: Any high school student who passes a given End-of-Course Standards of Learning Assessment will be exempt from the exam which is given on the designated day for that course. Students enrolled in teamed courses where more than one SOL test is given will be required to pass all the SOL tests given during that course in order to qualify for exam exemptions.
Students in SOL courses may be exempt from a teacher’s final exam if they meet each of the following criteria:
- The average of their two 9-week grading period exceeds 60%;
- They earn a passing score on their End-of-Course SOL test.
Some students still may need to complete a teacher’s final exam to earn a passing numerical grade. An exempted student may opt to take the final exam. Students who pass an SOL test qualify for an exam exemption only during the original semester of the course; students repeating an SOL course, despite having previously passed the SOL test, are required to complete the final exam for the repeat course.
If the End-of-Course Standards of Learning test results for a class are not received by the school within two full school days prior to the beginning of the first day of examinations, students in SOL courses will be exempted according to the same criteria that apply to seniors. An exempted student may opt to take the exam.
Changes may be coming in reference to Midterm Exams.