The academic grades issued are a reflection of how well the student met the academic standard for the class according to the professional judgment of the instructor. That is, effort, behavior, participation, character, tardiness, etc. are not taken into account when calculating the grade.
The grade is not merely how many points students have accumulated, or an average of work the student has done. The grade reflects how close to the standard the student achieved.
For grades 4 – 12, the following grading scale applies:
A = distinction and outstanding
This may be only a small percentage of the class.
B = above average
Student clearly meets the standard for the class.
C = average or typical grade
A “C” is given more frequently than any other grade.
D = below average
The work only partially meets the standards for the class.
F = failure
The work did not meet the standards for the course. No credit is received. This grade may not be removed from the student’s transcript, even though the course is repeated with a passing grade.
I = incomplete
An incomplete is given for unusual or unforeseen circumstances – such as illness – that prevent a student from completing the work, or when students have not finished enough work for teachers to determine a final grade. An incomplete is given with the teacher’s recommendation and the principal’s approval. Teachers and students must negotiate a due date for incomplete work as approved by the division principal.
P = Passing
A “P” is used for courses where a more specific letter grade is not assigned.
For grades 1 – 3, the following grading scale applies:
L1 = Student is not up to standard
L2 = Student is approaching standard
L3 = Student is at standard
L4 = Student is above standard
Students in Pre-K receive descriptive comments; Kindergarten students receive O, S, and U marks.
For all grades, student behavioral progress is reported as the “Conduct” grade on the report card and is based on O (Oustanding), S (Satisfactory), and U (Unsatisfactory).
Students in grades 7-12 have the following expanded behavior scale:
O Students never or rarely need to be reminded to stay on task during a lesson or be corrected as they move about the campus.
S+ These students consistently display above average behavior.
S These students meet behavior expectations.
S- These students display less than satisfactory behavior.
U These students talk in class, don’t pay attention, have been disrespectful or disruptive, have been sent to the principal, have served detention for misbehaving more than once during the marking period.
Grading of Tests and Re-testing
The goal of testing for students is to measure student learning. Teachers are not required to allow students to re-test on educational material. In short, students should expect to be tested or quizzed one time on material covered in class.