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Grading System & Grading Information

District Common Grading Procedures

To ensure consistency among schools, the following shall apply to all:

  1. All schools shall implement continuous spreadsheet grading.  The final report card grade will not be based off of averaging of averages (composite grades), but rather averages of the individual assignments weighted by category type.
  2. All final grades shall be determined based on the following gradebook categories:
    1. Major Assignments: 60 percent
    2. Minor Assignments: 40 percent
  3. For high school courses with an associated state mandated end-of-course test, the test score shall count as 20% of the final course grade.
  4. Homework is considered practice and is not to be taken for a grade.
  5. For academic classes, not writing name on paper, lack of materials, notebook grades, turning papers in late, incomplete work, etc. should not be included as part of or affect the grade. Participation / completion grades shall not be awarded unless it is part of the standard.
  6. Official grade reports will be sent to parents following each academic quarter. Middle and high school final report cards will be available on Infinite Campus Portal after the conclusion of the school year.  Elementary final report cards will be sent home on the last day of school.
Grading Score Types
Subject Grading Type
ELA & Math (Grades 1-5)
Science & Social Studies (Grades 3-5)
All Subjects (Grades 6-12)
Numeric
Science & Social Studies (Grades K-2)
Specials: Art, Music, PE, etc. (Grades K-5)
1 = Unsatisfactory
2 = Needs Improvement
3 = Satisfactory
4 = Excellent
Expectations for Assignment Scores

The typical expectation is that teachers will enter assignment grades within fiveschool days of assignment completion.  For extended projects and writing assignments, teachers will enter grades within 10 school days of assignment completion.  Principals reserve the right to grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. Assignments scores are viewable immediately after entry into the grade book via the Infinite Campus parent/student portal.

Reassessment Opportunities

Students shall have the opportunity to reassess if mastery (a grade of 80% or higher) is not achieved.  In order to participate in a reassessment opportunity, the student must participate in some type of re-teaching, as determined by the teacher.  If the student scores higher on the reassessment, the grade shall be replaced in the grade book up to a maximum score of 80%.

Elementary Grade Scale (Grades 1-5)

90-100................................................................. A
80-89................................................................... B
70-79................................................................... C
69 & Lower.......................................................... F
4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Excellent
3......................................................... Satisfactory
2............................................ Needs Improvement
1.................................................... Unsatisfactory

Middle School & High School Grade Scale (Grades 6-12)

90-100................................................................. A 
80-89................................................................... B 
70-79................................................................... C 
69 and below....................................................... F
INC....................................................... Incomplete
WD....................................................... Withdrawal

Academic Counseling

Counselors are available in each school to assist students with their problems and concerns of an academic, a vocational or a personal nature. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss their child’s problems or progress with counselors and/or their child’s faculty advisor and/or teacher(s).

Information concerning post-secondary education and training, college admissions testing (ACT, SAT, AccuPlacer, etc.), scholarship searchers, military options, and career planning is also available through classroom guidance and individual guidance services. Parents and students are encouraged to utilize all of the services provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission website, www.GAfutures.org for helping students plan, apply, and pay for college.

Make Up Work

It is expected that all students make arrangements with their teacher to make up work in a timely manner.

Honor Roll & Year-End Awards (Elementary & Middle)

Year-end awards should mirror the 9-weeks Honor Roll / Principal’s Honor Roll criteria (see below) and will be based upon year-to-date averages calculated during the last 4 weeks of school.

A. Grades 3-5

Elementary honor roll calculations are only computed in grades 3-5.  Honor roll is not calculated in grades K-2.  Elementary specials (Art, Music, PE, etc.) shall not count toward calculating Honor Roll or Principal’s Honor Roll.

  1. Honor Roll (grades 3-5) shall be awarded when the non-rounded average of all numeric grades is 90 or above. 
  2. Principal’s Honor Roll (grades 3-5) shall be awarded when the non-rounded average of all numeric grades is 95 or above. 

B. Grades 6-8

Middle school honors calculations include both academic and non-academic courses. Semester-long courses carry half the weight as year-long courses.

  1. Honors (grades 6-8) shall be awarded when the non-rounded average of all numeric grades is 90 or above. 
  2. Principal’s Honors (grades 6-8) shall be awarded when the non-rounded average of all numeric grades is 95 or above. 
  3. Grades from honors courses taken for high school credit shall receive a 5% bump when calculating the yearly average for honors recognition purposes.
Middle School Eligibility For Participation In Competitive Interscholastic Activities

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participating in competitive interscholastic activities (including activities governed by the Georgia High School Association) must meet eligibility requirements for the region. Competitive interscholastic activities are defined as any school-sponsored program involving competition between individuals or groups representing two or more schools.  Cheerleading is included in this definition.

Eligibility is determined by subjects passed the previous semester.  If a student has an incomplete, the student is ineligible until all incompletes are made up and the passing grades are recorded in the student’s permanent record.  (Independent study course credit taken in summer school or summer tutorial credits earned in a non-accredited home study program or non-accredited private schools may not be used to gain eligibility.) 

A student who participated in competitive interscholastic activities may have 14 calendar days after the close of each semester to complete make-up work, provided this is available to all students. Otherwise, the student is ineligible for the entire semester. Students who are ineligible for competitive interscholastic activities cannot participate in any competitive interscholastic activity.  Ineligible students cannot practice or travel with the team or program. Ineligible students cannot try out for a team or program, even though the team or program will not be in operation until the next school year.

Middle School Student Driving And Parking Regulations

Middle school students are not allowed to drive under ANY circumstances.

Earning Credit By Testing Out (Middle School Students)

The Georgia Department of Education allows students the option to “test-out” of high school EOC courses per provisions in State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1.15 (AWARDING UNITS OF CREDIT AND ACCEPTANCE OR TRANSFER CREDIT AND/OR GRADES).  This rule provides an opportunity for high performing students to earn EOC course credit without taking the course.  Under the provisions of the rule, and guidelines published by the Georgia Department of Education, students who meet state and local eligibility criteria can take an End of Course (EOC) assessment (before enrolling in and taking the course), and if they score at the “Distinguished Learner” level on the assessment, they will be awarded credit for that course.

Course credit earned through testing out is reported as one unit of regular credit earned through course completion.  No quality points or honors level of distinction will be applied for course credit earned through testing-out.  The grade equivalent score provided on the EOC score report will be entered as the grade for the course.  This score will NOT calculate toward the student’s GPA for the HOPE Scholarship.  

Per state guidance, eligible students are provided only one opportunity per course to participate in the test-out option. A student may earn no more than three units of credit by demonstrating subject area competency in this fashion. Please see your child’s school counselor for more information

High School End-of-Course Testing

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System’s End-of-Course Tests will be given at the end of these courses:

  • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
  • American Literature and Composition
  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • United States History
  • Economics
  • Coordinate Algebra/Algebra I
  • Analytic Geometry/ Geometry

Students enrolled in these high school courses regardless of their grade level will be required to take the Georgia Milestones End-of-Course Tests. The Georgia Milestone’s End-of-Course Tests will count as 20 percent of the course grade. Students enrolled in the following Dual Enrollment courses at a post-secondary institution are allowed an exemption from the course’s Georgia Milestones End-of-Course test:  American Literature & Composition, Physical Science, United States History, and/or Economics.

High School Eligibility For Academic And Athletic Activities

A student will have the first 14 calendar days after the close of the semester to complete work and change an incomplete grade.  If a student with an incomplete grade has not passed three subjects the previous semester on block scheduling or five subjects the previous semester for traditional scheduling, the student will be ineligible.  The student is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities during these 14 days and cannot practice, play, or participate until he or she has passed three subjects.  If three subjects have not been passed by the end of the 14 calendar days of the semester, he or she is ineligible for the entire semester.

High School Eligibility For Participation In Competitive Interscholastic Activities

All students participating in competitive interscholastic activities, as defined by Georgia High School Association, must be on track for graduation and meet eligibility requirements. 

Eligibility is based on the subjects/units passed the previous term and being “on track” which is based on the accumulated units at the end of each school year.  Summer school is considered part of the second semester/ term.

First-year students (entering 9th grade) are eligible academically.  To be eligible to participate in interscholastic activities, a student must not have reached his/her nineteenth birthday prior to May 1, preceding the year of participation.

If spring semester and summer school are being used to determine fall eligibility, then the semester averages and subjects passed will involve all subjects taken in spring semester and summer school. The course must be listed in the school course offering and credit must be applied toward graduation.  Independent study course credit taken in summer school is not acceptable for gaining eligibility.  In determining eligibility for students, summer school credits earned on non-accredited home study programs or non-accredited private schools are not recognized. Accreditation recognized under this rule shall be from one of the following: Georgia Accrediting Commission, a national or regional accreditation agency. Eligibility is concerned with subjects/units passed the previous semester, and grades made in that semester.

If a student has an incomplete, all work must be completed within the first 14 calendar days after the close of the semester.  Students who are ineligible for extracurricular activities cannot participate in any competitive interscholastic activity.  Ineligible students cannot practice or travel with the team or program even though the team or program will not be in operation until the next school year.

Students must be present for one-half or more of the school day on the day of the activity in order to  participate in that activity unless granted permission by the principal or his/her designee.

All other academic eligibility requirements can be found in athletic handbooks, GHSA policy or specific region policy.

* NCAA does not accept credits earned in computer-based courses; NCAA does not accept math support classes as core math courses.

Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment program provides opportunities for eligible students in grades 9-12 to enroll part- or full-time in postsecondary institutions and take college courses to earn both high school and college credit. To participate in Dual Enrollment, students must complete associated forms with their high school counselor, meet the admissions requirements at the post-secondary institution of their choice, and make satisfactory academic progress. 

Approved courses for Dual Enrollment are listed in the Dual Enrollment Course Directory

The courses a student chooses each term must be listed on his/her Dual Enrollment application and must be approved by his/her high school and the post-secondary institution he/she will be attending. Students who meet all eligibility requirements will receive a student-specific award amount to be applied to tuition, mandatory fees, and books. 

Courses do not count against any maximum hourly caps for the HOPE scholarships or grants.  Dropping a course or not following program rules and regulations may result in students being removed from Dual Enrollment, thus affecting their high school graduation requirements. Students must make annual progress towards graduation and completion of their Individual Graduation Plan to participate in Dual Enrollment. 

The following conversion scale will be used for converting letter grades from the postsecondary institution’s official transcript to numerical averages on the high school transcript:
A=99
B=89
C=79
D=69
F=59

High School Year-End Awards

For grades 9-11, the year-end honors award shall be based on a non-rounded average of 90 or above for all courses taken during the current school year. Principal honors shall be based on a non-rounded average of 95 or above for all courses taken during the current school year. The following shall apply:

  1. Individual course grades weighted in accordance with the high school credit value of the course.
  2. All transfer grades must have been received from a school accredited by AdvancEd or equivalent accrediting institution.
  3. Grades from dual enrollment courses will be considered in calculations of the numerical averages based on the district’s conversion scale.
  4. Grades from *Advanced Placement (AP) courses shall receive a 10% bump when calculating yearly average for honors recognition purposes.
  5. Grades from *Honors (Non AP) courses shall receive a 5% bump when calculating yearly average for recognition purposes.
  6. For the purposes of calculating honors recognition ceremonies, the grade for each course in-progress during that current year will be pulled during the last 4 weeks of the school year.  NOTE: This may differ from the final grade awarded on the student’s transcript.
  7. Credits earned in lieu of participating in a course shall not be included in the overall average.  
Honor Graduates

Honor graduate status shall be determined based on a non-rounded average of 90 or above for all courses taken in high school with the following applying:

  1. For the purposes of calculating Honors Graduate status, the grade for each course in-progress during the graduation year shall be taken from the average as of the end of the 3rd 9 weeks.
  2. Individual course grades weighted in accordance with the high school credit value of the course.
  3. All transfer grades must have been received from a school accredited by AdvancEd or equivalent accrediting institution.
  4. Grades from dual enrollment courses will be considered in calculations of the numerical averages based on the district’s conversion scale.
  5. Grades from *Advanced Placement (AP) courses shall receive a 10% bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  6. Grades from *Honors (Non AP) courses shall receive a 5% bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  7. Credits earned in lieu of participating in a course shall not be included in the overall average.
  8. Students who do not graduate from high school within four (4) regular academic years are not eligible for recognition as an Honor Graduate.
  9. No residency requirements exist concerning the qualification of honor graduate. 
Class Ranking

Class rank shall be determined based on a student’s numeric grade average compared to all students in the graduating class.  The criteria for determining numeric grade average shall be as follows:

  1. Individual course grades weighted in accordance with the high school credit value of the course.
  2. All transfer grades must have been received from a school accredited by AdvancEd or equivalent accrediting institution.
  3. Grades from dual enrollment courses will be considered in calculations of the numerical averages based on the district’s conversion scale.
  4. Grades from *Advanced Placement (AP) courses shall receive a 10% bump when calculating overall average for class rank.
  5. Grades from *Honors (Non-AP) courses shall receive a 5% bump when calculating overall average for class rank.
  6. Final class ranks will be determined based upon all completed courses in high school. 
  7. (See information below for determining valedictorian and salutatorian.)
  8. Credits earned in lieu of participating in a course shall not be included in the overall average.
Valedictorian/Salutatorian

The valedictorian and salutatorian for each graduating class shall be those students pursuing a regular education diploma who have attained the highest academic averages over four years. No student shall be entitled to be valedictorian or salutatorian who does not enroll at the respective high school during the first ten (10) days of his/her senior year.

The valedictorian will be the student with the highest overall weighted average. The salutatorian will be the student with the second highest overall weighted average. The following will apply:

  1. For purposes of identifying the valedictorian and the salutatorian for respective classes, the averages shall be computed at the end of the first semester (second nine weeks) of the student’s senior year. 
  2. Individual course grades weighted in accordance with the high school credit value of the course.
  3. All transfer grades must have been received from a school accredited by AdvancEd or equivalent accrediting institution.
  4. Grades from dual enrollment courses will be considered in calculations of the numerical averages based on the district’s conversion scale.
  5. Grades from *Advanced Placement (AP) courses shall receive a 10% bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  6. Grades from *Honors (Non-AP) courses shall receive a 5% bump when calculating overall average for honor graduate purposes.
  7. Credits earned in lieu of participating in a course shall not be included in the overall average.  
  8. Students who do not graduate from high school within four (4) regular academic years are not eligible.
  9. In the event of a tie for valedictorian or salutatorian, the student who has completed more Advanced Placement classes will be named valedictorian or salutatorian for reporting to the Georgia Student Finance Commission.  If a tie continues, students’ scores on the Advanced Placement exams will be used to break the tie.
Earning Credit By Testing Out (High School Students)

The Georgia Department of Education allows students the option to “test-out” of high school EOC courses per provisions in State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1.15 (AWARDING UNITS OF CREDIT AND ACCEPTANCE OR TRANSFER CREDIT AND/OR GRADES).  This rule provides an opportunity for high performing students to earn EOC course credit without taking the course.  Under the provisions of the rule, and guidelines published by the Georgia Department of Education, students who meet state and local eligibility criteria can take an End of Course (EOC) assessment (before enrolling in and taking the course), and if they score at the “Distinguished Learner” level on the assessment, they will be awarded credit for that course.

Course credit earned through testing out is reported as one unit of regular credit earned through course completion.  No quality points or honors level of distinction will be applied for course credit earned through testing-out.  The grade equivalent score provided on the EOC score report will be entered as the grade for the course.  This score will NOT calculate toward the student’s GPA for the HOPE Scholarship.  

Per state guidance, eligible students are provided only one opportunity per course to participate in the test-out option. A student may earn no more than three units of credit by demonstrating subject area competency in this fashion. Please see your child’s school counselor for more information.

Hope Program

The HOPE (Helping Outstanding Students Educationally) grant and scholarship programs will assist graduating high school students who meet certain requirements with financial assistance for post-secondary study at Georgia public colleges, universities or technical institutes and in some instances, private institutions.

Courses taken in middle school are not used for calculating the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship GPA. See your child’s school counselor or visit Georgia Futures for more information.