Grading Scale and Philosophy

Grading Philosophy

We believe …

  • that every student can succeed.
  • all students learn differently.
  • everyone learns at a different pace.
  • in providing students opportunities for growth.





Late Work

  • Point deduction for late work can be up to 30% of the total assignment grade as determined by the teacher content team.
  • Barring extenuating circumstances, as determined by administration, students will not be able to hand in late work beyond the close of a module or a unit.
  • Teachers can determine the date of the closure of the module and/or unit and will note the date of the close of the module/unit on Canvas in the title of the Module.
  • Barring absence, teachers may place a zero in the gradebook for a missing assignment. The 0 will be replaced upon receipt of the late work before the end of the module/unit.
  • If late work is not received by the close of the unit/module (as determined by the teacher content team) the teacher will place a permanent zero in the gradebook for the respective assignment.


Gradebook Organization

  • The overall semester grade will be comprised of the following weighted categories: 40% formative, 50% summative, 10% semester exam

Formative assessment - An ongoing process in which teachers use a wide variety of methods to evaluate student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course. Formative assessments help teachers identify concepts that students are struggling to understand, skills they are having difficulty acquiring, or learning standards they have not yet achieved so that adjustments can be made to lessons, instructional techniques, and academic support.

Summative assessments - Used to evaluate student learning progress, achievement and mastery at the conclusion of a specific instructional period.  

(Adapted from Great Schools Partnership)


Retake Opportunities

  • All students may be given the opportunity to retake selective formative assessments (quizzes, exit/entrance tickets, group work, etc.) as determined by the teacher content team.
  • All work must be completed prior to the formative retake.
  • Formative retakes must be completed by the close of the unit or module.
  • In order to support a student’s continued learning and growth, students may have to complete up to two additional learning activities, including but not limited to, attending a tutoring session, meeting with their teacher, redoing or additional assignments assigned to the student or attending a study group as directed by their teacher. The number of points earned by students as a result of a retake and the number of retakes allowed is at the discretion of the content team.
  • Retakes can be done in the testing center and/or during applicable class time.
  • The time frame allowed for a retake is at the discretion of the content team.
  • We will not allow retakes for semester and final exams.