- Only with a high school diploma students can enroll in postsecondary education.
- colleges and universities require certain high school credits or tests (e.g. SAT) for admission
- During their high school years, students are given “grades” for all their courses, and these are recorded. At the end of 12th Grade, the student’s grades are averaged out to provide a “GPA” or Grade Point Average
- Students in 12th Grade also take “SAT’s”, Scholastic Aptitude Tests, or “ACTs”, American College Tests. These are the second principal tests used as criteria for admission to college or university
GPA General Guidlines
- Grades will be based on student achievement in a prescribed time frame.
- The support teacher is responsible for the commitment and attendance.
- Classroom teacher is responsible for evaluating the academic performance of students and for determining grades.
- Teachers will use a variety of methods in evaluating students.
- Teacher-made tests should be appropriate for the subject matter as well as for the age and/or maturity level of the students.
- If a student believes that an error has been made, the student and/or parent may request a grade review.
- Students receive 2 to 4 report cards per year
Use of Grades
Grades will not be used to punish or reward students but to reflect student learning. Academic grades will be used to:
- Communicate the teacher’s assessment of a student’s knowledge of and proficiency in a subject
- Provide a record of student achievement over time
- Serve as part of the criteria for student promotion to the next grade level
- Provide information for advisement and counselling regarding future course/program selection
- Provide criteria for honor roll selection
- Provide course credit
- Derive student GPA
Work and behavior assessments will be used to:
- Provide a record of attendance/punctuality, respect for authority, and compliance with school rules
- Provide a record of student preparedness and task performance
- Align work-related skills to character education
- Provide employers with a broad picture of student performance