High School Grading Guidelines
By School Board directive, academic grades are to reflect the student's academic progress. The determination of the specific grade a student receives must be based on the teacher's best judgment after careful consideration of all aspects of each student's performance during a grading period, including such factors as class attendance, homework, and participation.
In authorized semester courses, the student's final grade shall be determined as follows: 40 percent value for each of two nine-week grading periods and 20 percent value for the final examination, with a provision for teacher override.
In authorized annual courses, the student's final grade shall be determined as follows: 20 percent value for each of four nine-week grading periods, 10 percent value for the midterm exam, and 10 percent for the final exam, with a provision for teacher override. In order to pass an annual course in grades 6-12, a student will earn a minimum of 10 grade points, of which a minimum of five must be earned in the second semester. Teacher override (either up or down) can still be used.
In both authorized semester courses and authorized annual courses, the criteria for grading certain exceptional students may be modified by the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) team.
|Grade||Numerical Value||Verbal Interpretation||Grade Point Value|
|A||90-100 or 3.5-4.0||Outstanding progress||4|
|B||80-89 or 2.5-3.4||Good progress||3|
|C||70-79 or 1.5-2.4||Average progress||2|
|D||60-69 or 1.0-1.4||Lowest acceptable progress||1|
|F||0-59 or 0-.9||Failure||0|
Students who earn more than the required number of credits are not penalized in their rank in class.
Conduct grades are used to communicate clearly to both students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) the teacher’s evaluation of a student’s behavior and citizenship development. These grades are independent of academic and effort grades. Conduct grades must be consistent with the student’s overall behavior in class and should not be based on a single criterion.
Conduct grades are denoted by using grades of A, B, C, D, or F.
Effort grades are assigned by teachers based on the student’s potential, study habits, and attitude. Three numerical grades are used to reflect their effort:
|Effort Grade||Verbal Interpretation|
Grade Point Average - Rank in Class
Guidelines for interpreting students’ grades with respect to rank in class and grade point average are provided in School Board Rule 6Gx-13-S5B-1.061. Grade point averages (GPA) are calculated for any of the reasons listed below:
- High school graduation
- Rank in class
- Eligibility to participate in interscholastic extracurricular activities Awards and recognition programs
- Placement on the honor roll and/or membership in honor societies
- College admissions and scholarship competitions
The grade point average used for determining the final rank in class for seniors includes grades from all courses in which credits have been earned for high school graduation and the first semester of the students' senior year. The calculation process produces an un-weighted GPA to which bonus values are added. This GPA is used for the ranking process.
**Rank in class is only calculated during the senior year**
Grade and Bonus Point Values
The grade and bonus point values shown in the chart below are used in determining un-weighted (without bonus points) and weighted (with bonus points) GPA's.
|Letter Grades||Grade Points||Bonus Points||Bonus Points||Bonus Points|
|Honors||Advanced Placement||International Baccalaureate of Studies|
Note: Dual enrollment courses are awarded either honors or the equivalent of advanced placement bonus points as required by State Board Rule. The specific weighting is determined by a committee of subject area administrators and is intended to reflect the scope and intensity of the specific course.
Along with the course of study, it is expected that each student is committed to:
- Developing self-discipline and responsible decision-making
- Engaging in effective action and reflection for sound intellectual and character formation
- Demonstrating appropriate classroom conduct
- Being on time to class and on time with assignments
|90-100% A||80-89% B||70-79% C||60-69% D||Below 59% F|
|Exceptional grasp of content and mechanics.||Thorough grasp of content and mechanics||Basic grasp of content and mechanics.||Minimal grasp of content and mechanics.||Grasp of content and mechanics is inadequate for proceed-ing to the next level.|
|Preparation of class work and homework often going beyond assigned requirements.||Regular and thorough preparation of class work and homework.||Spends enough time on home work to "get it done" and acceptable study habits.||Incomplete assignments; poor study habits; inadequate class preparation.||Demonstrates lack of effort in routine required tasks.|
|Demonstrates initiative, self-motivation and active participation.||Willingness to engage in tasks and performs such work competently with minimal assistance.||Competent, accurate preparations and presentations that are teacher initiated.||Inconsistent quality of work; carelessness in preparation and presentation.||Neglects to complete assigned tasks on a timely basis; quality of work is unacceptable.|
|Engages the course material in non-routine as well as routine tasks.||Performs at a minimum acceptable level on evaluative criteria.|
The following codes are also used: NC (no credit), INC (incomplete).
Art project All school work, papers, special projects, etc. due during each semester must be completed and handed in to the teachers before review day. All make-up tests/quizzes must be taken before semester exams unless written approval is received from the Executive Director. Students are not permitted to hand-in any work after the end of a semester in order to affect a grade change on a report card (except in the cases of an incomplete).
Grade Point Average (GPA)
A student’s grade point average (GPA) at the end of the first semester is calculated as a simple average of the grade points earned in the courses attempted during that marking period. The final GPA for the school year and the cumulative GPA are calculated by taking the earned grade points for courses attempted during the year(s), multiplying each by its credit weight and dividing the total by the total credit weight. Weighted GPA's include the additional quality points awarded in honors and A.P. courses. Course failures which have been made-up before the beginning of the next school year or which are required to be made up at Doctors Charter School will have a “D” rather than the “F” used in the calculations. Only those courses receiving grade points will be used in GPA calculations.
State University System Undergraduate Admissions Requirement
Beginning with the high school graduating class of 2003, all public universities in Florida will require 19 academic course credits for admission. This means that in addition to the specific subject area credit requirements at Doctors Charter School, students who seek admission to a public state university must also have 4 additional credits in the core academic areas (English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and International Language.) These 4 credits would come from the student's 8 elective credits.
Cumulative 2.0 GPA Graduation Requirement
Florida School Law and Department of Schools' policy mandate a cumulative un-weighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for high school graduation.
Please be aware that a 2.0 on Doctors Charter School's grading scale is equivalent to a C. Students who receive a final grade of C (1.667), D (1.333) or D (1.0) in a course have passed and are not required by Doctors Charter School to make-up the course. However, their GPA is adversely affected with regard to this new policy as these marks contribute grade points below a 2.0 towards the cumulative calculations. Therefore, it is possible for a student to pass every high school course and yet not achieve the cumulative 2.0 GPA required for graduation.
Incomplete Grade Designation
An incomplete grade will be given only with the approval of the Executive Director or designee who will also set the date by which the missing work must be completed. The student and his/her parents will be advised of the time limit to remove the incomplete grade. Incomplete grades are given only as a result of prolonged illness, hospitalization, or a similar situation which has been fully documented by the attending physician.
Students will be placed on academic probation if they fail to maintain a 2.0 grade point average or receive a letter grade lower than a C in conduct. The probation will continue for one grading period. A meeting will be conducted in order to discuss improvement or for alternative educational setting options.
Last updated 1/26/2006