Approved by HSLG 8/20/15
The high school uses a credit-based promotion and graduation system. Credits are distributed for morning lesson blocks and ongoing skills classes. The distribution of credits per subject has been formulated so that a student will have a slight excess of credits at the time of graduation. This excess of credits allows for participation in the international exchange program or for credits lost because of illness or isolated specific course failure. A detailed breakdown of credits is obtainable from the High School Coordinator.
Receiving Credit for a Course
At the end of every course a student will receive a grade from the teacher. If a student receives a D or better grade, the student will be considered to have passed the course and will get weighted credit towards the graduation requirements. An F in any course is not passing. The course and failing grade will go on the transcript and will count against the GPA. Under limited circumstances (detailed below) a student may receive a “no course/no credit” status for a course. “No-credit” courses do not show up on the transcript (though they are noted on the end-of-quarter and end-of-year reports) and do not count against the GPA.
If a student misses more than 25% of a class (either a morning lesson block or a quarter/semester class, including community service or work experience), the grade will automatically become “no course/no credit”. The status of “no course/no credit” is meant as a service to students in good standing who encounter unforeseen circumstances which result in excessive absences. Such students must not otherwise be failing the course in question. The “no course/no credit” status ensures that students will not adversely impact their GPA due to circumstances beyond their control. It also maintains the integrity of the schools’ transcripts and the value of the diploma by ensuring that credit is only awarded to students who participate fully in the courses listed on their transcripts.
A student who enters a “no course/no credit” status for a course is still expected to attend and fully participate in the remaining classes, during which they are to complete the remaining assignments to a satisfactory degree. This ensures that the student does not fall even further behind. If the student finishes the course in good standing, they may keep the “no course/no credit” status.
If a student is failing a course before the unplanned absence, the “no course/no credit” status will be revoked. With exceptional effort, the student may complete enough work to end the course in good standing and earn a “no course/no credit” status. However, if the student does not manage to complete a sufficient amount of work to earn a score of at least a D in the course, they will have earned a failing grade, and that grade will be reflected on the transcript and calculated into the GPA.
There are two circumstances in which a “no course/no credit” status may be changed:
- If the student who has triggered a “no course/no credit” status by excessive absences, but nevertheless manages to diligently keep up with the assigned work and stay in communication with the teacher, the student may petition the teacher for credit and a grade. The teacher may, at their sole discretion, agree to grant credit for the course. Such a grant of credit is not automatic and will depend in large part on the nature of the class and the activities the student may have missed. Some courses have a large classroom component that cannot be made up. Others lend themselves more readily to catching up after the fact.
- If a student receives a “no course/no credit” status due to absences, and earns a failing grade overall, whether before or after the absence, the failing grade will stand. This ensures that failing students are not able to avoid a bad grade by taking advantage of the “no course/no credit” status offered by the high school.