Semester grades are the result of a cumulative academic effort throughout the semester; they become a part of the student’s academic transcript. The definition of grade assessment in a Valor course is listed below:
A = the student demonstrates remarkable work in all aspects of a course.
B = the student demonstrates solid accomplishment in a course.
C = the student demonstrates competence in a course.
D = the student acquired some elements of a course but did not demonstrate overall competence.
F = the student has not met the course objectives and will receive no credit.
Grade Point Average (GPA) is a system used to compute an average for a semester of the student’s total coursework. GPA is used to determine eligibility for co-curricular and school field trip participation, membership in the Valor Cum Laude Society, placement on the Honor Roll, Academic Intervention status, and graduation eligibility.
Advanced Placement (AP) and college Dual Credit (DC) courses are weighted at 5.0 and all Honors (H) courses will be weighted at 4.5. Grades are computed using the following scale.
|Letter Grade||Numeric Grade||Unweighted GPA||Weighted GPA (Honors Courses)||Weighted GPA (AP and College Dual Credit Courses)|
|F||59 and below||0||0||0|
The above table provides guidance to help you understand the grading system at Valor. Percentage grades are translated to letter grades for report cards and transcripts. Letter grades are also used to compute the GPA for each student. The report card will contain a weighted GPA for students in AP, Dual Credit, or Honors courses, and an unweighted GPA.
Eligibility and Progress Reports
A student must maintain a minimum co-curricular GPA of 2.3 in order to be eligible for participation in Arts, Athletics, Speech & Debate, Student Government, or any other co-curricular program as determined by those program directors and/or the Director of Academics. Progress grades calculated every four weeks for Progress Reports and grades recorded for the first and second academic semesters are used to calculate the co-curricular GPA. Students having two or more “F” grades, regardless of the GPA, will be considered ineligible for the next grading period. “I” grades are calculated as “F” grades until the “I” grade is removed. Progress Reports do not become a direct part of the student’s permanent academic record. Parents and students have constant access to student grades and course information via Schoology.
For additional details about Progress Reports and calculating co-curricular GPA, see Co-curricular Eligibility and Progress Reports.