2019-20 grading information and FAQ

These temporary grading procedures were developed with the well-being of our students in mind. They reflect the unprecedented situation the COVID-19 crisis has created but are also designed to preserve the integrity of the academic growth our students, families, faculty and staff have invested so much in.

For a successful fourth quarter, participation in class is required. To provide a sense of normalcy, teachers will use numerical grades to provide feedback for students. Based on the student’s progress, they will be awarded a Satisfactory (65 or above) or Unsatisfactory (64 or below) at the end of the marking period. Students receiving an Unsatisfactory grade for the fourth quarter is addressed below.

Third quarter grades

How can I see my child’s third quarter grades?

Third quarter grades were posted in the SchoolTool Portal on April 24. If you need help accessing the portal, please watch this video. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or school counselor.

How were third quarter grades determined?

Third quarter grades for students in grades K-12 were based on the entire marking period. Consideration was given to the level of student engagement and work completed during virtual learning. Our goal was to ensure students were not penalized during the adjustment period to virtual learning.

Fourth quarter grades

How are fourth quarter grades determined for students in grades K-5?

K-5 students are assessed through standards-based learning. All students will be scored on a 2-4 scale for any standards that are assessed. Students will receive an N/A on any standard that is not assessed.

How are fourth quarter grades determined for students in grades 6-12?

Students will be awarded a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory at the end of the marking period. However, throughout the marking period, students will receive numerical grades for feedback purposes only. Parents are encouraged to check SchoolTool to monitor their student’s progress.

What if a student receives an Unsatisfactory in the fourth quarter?

Students in grades 8-12 who receive a grade of U (Unsatisfactory) in credit-bearing courses will be required to make up or resubmit necessary work to demonstrate Satisfactory status in the fourth quarter.

Final grades

If you have any questions about final grades at the K-5 level, please contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.

If you have any questions about final grades at the 6-8 level, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Grades 8-12: How do I know if my student passed their credit-bearing classes

If a student’s cumulative average for the first three quarters is a 65 or higher and they receive an S (Satisfactory) in the fourth quarter, they will receive the course credit.

Students who receive an Unsatisfactory in the fourth quarter will be provided work which must be submitted to change their fourth quarter status from unsatisfactory to “satisfactory”.

If the student’s cumulative average for the first three quarters is a 64 or lower, please contact your child’s guidance counselor as soon as possible. They will be able to provide more information.

What if we return to school?

If we return to school this year, we will continue to follow the grading policies outlined above.

How does this temporary grading policy impact high school ranking for juniors?

Ranking for current juniors will be determined at the end of the first quarter of their senior year.