Monitoring Academic Progress

Parents have a number of ways to keep track of their child’s progress. Teachers are available by appointment before and after school to meet with parents and students and can also be reached by phone through their academic department. As a first step, parents should contact teachers directly if questions or concerns arise. Teachers also report student progress at least every two weeks; and school progress reports and report cards are issued at the conclusion of each marking period.  To learn specific course requirements, parents should refer to the lists of classroom expectations and procedures distributed by teachers for each course.

Numeric Grading Guidelines

Nine week and final exam grades will be recorded in teacher grade books in accordance with a 0-100 point numerical scale and converted to a letter grade on the report card:

97-€“100=A+         87-€“89=B+          77-79=C+        67-69=D+

93-€“96=A              83-€“86=B            73-€“76=C           63-€“66=D

90-€“92=A-             80-€“82=B-           70-€“72=C-         60-62=D-        0-59=F

4.0 pts                    3.0                       2.0                      1.0

 

Semester Course Grading: To pass and receive credit for any semester course (those that meet for 18 weeks), the final grade must be at least a 60%. The final grades for semester courses will be determined by counting the two nine week grades each as 40% of the final grade and the final exam as 20% of the final grade. Grades will be recorded as letters on the report card.

Year-Long Course Grading:  To pass and receive credit for any yearlong course the final grade must be at least 60%.  The final grades for yearlong courses will be determined by counting the four nine week grades each as 20% of the final grade and the midyear exam and final exam each as 10% of the final grade.  Grades will be recorded as letters on the report card.

Advanced Placement/Weighted Courses

Designated high school courses, because of the level of difficulty and time required for mastery, will carry a weighted grade when final grade point averages are computed. The course weights are based on the grade standard four-point scale. Grades of A, B, or C in designated weighted courses will receive increased point values (A = 5.0, B = 4.0, C = 3.0). A grade of “D” will receive a weight of one (D = 1.0), regardless of the course. Weighted courses will include:

AP English Language & Composition AP Biology
AP English Literature & Composition AP Chemistry
AP American Government AP Physics
AP Comparative Government AP US History
AP Microeconomics AP Art History
AP Calculus AB AP Studio Art
AP Calculus BC AP Music Theory
AP Computer Science AP French
AP Statistics AP German
Other Advanced Placement classes, as added AP Latin
College courses taken in grade 12 according to guidelines below AP Spanish Language
   

Weighting of Concurrent College Courses and Dual Enrollment Courses

Concurrent College Courses:

  1. Students should exhaust the available high school offerings in a particular subject prior to taking a concurrent college course.
  2. Students are responsible for completion of the permission form required for college registration.
  3. Except for in extenuating circumstances, the weighting of concurrent college courses option is limited to students who have completed their junior year.
  4. Extenuating circumstances should be determined by the principal based on (a) academic necessity, (b) student academic record, and (c) student maturity.
  5. Only one concurrent college course per semester will be granted additional weight.
  6. The concurrent college course must be a 3-credit course in a content area.
  7. College courses excluded from weighting are all introductory courses and world languages that do not exceed the rigor of Advanced Placement.
  8. Students who take a college course to satisfy the full-enrollment requirement must supply official college transcripts prior to the end of the high school semester in which the course is taken.
  9. Students who take a college course in addition to being fully enrolled in high school courses must supply an official college transcript prior to the end of the high school semester in which the course is taken if they wish to include the course on their high school transcript.
  10. Students who drop a concurrent college course that is taken as part of the full-enrollment requirement will receive an “F” on the high school transcript for that course.
  11. Students and their parents must assume the costs and risks associated with taking concurrent college courses.
  12. Confer with your counselor to review expectations.