Grading And Awards

Grades/Report Cards

Students’ grades will be posted for parents/guardians/students to review at the end of each trimester in Infinite Campus. Report cards are not printed at the end of each trimester. Student GPAs are reported at the end of each trimester. Parents can track student grades (and attendance) throughout the school year or view the end of trimester final grades by logging into the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus. To register for an account, contact the district's Student Information department.

Mid-Term/Progress Reports

Mid-term reports are available to view via Parent Portal before conferences each trimester. Teachers may send periodic reports or call parents if a student is receiving a failing or near failing grade in their respective courses. If a student is failing after mid-term, the teacher must notify the parents by mail or phone call. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to use Schoology to check on student daily progress/assignments.

Calculating Grade Point Average (GPA)

In order to determine GPA, the following conversion scale is used:

·         A = 4.000

·         A- = 3.667

·         B+ = 3.333

·         B = 3.000

·         B- = 2.667

·         C+ = 2.333

·         C  =  2.000

·         C- = 1.667

·         D+ = 1.333

·         D = 1.000

·         D- = 0.667

·         I = 0.000

·         F  = 0.000

·         Pass/No credit = no GPA value

Weighted Grading

Students taking classes in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College-in-the-Schools/Concurrent Enrollment have weighted grades using a 1.2 multiplier. The University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program (UMTYMP) weights grades at the university level before reporting the final grade to individual schools.

Incompletes

Students must fulfill all of the requirements of each course before a grade will be issued. Students who have been ill/absent for an excused reason and are issued an incomplete must make up the incomplete work within the timelines established by the classroom teacher (normally, two weeks after report cards are issued). No credit will be awarded for the course until the incomplete is made up and an alpha grade is issued. The “I” has a mark value of (0). It counts as an attempted credit in determining the student’s GPA.

Course Failures

Course failure defined: The student has not achieved the expected level of competence in the course outcomes, concept development or skill attainment. Further, it is the assessment of the classroom instructor that the student has not demonstrated proficiency in meeting all course standards. The “F” has a value of (0.00) in the district’s grading system. It counts as an attempted credit in determining the student’s GPA.

Reporting Incompletes and Failures

1.    Teachers will inform students of their individual grading practices (timelines for completion) at the beginning of the trimester regarding making up an Incomplete in order to avoid an “I” becoming a failing grade.

2.    When a failed course is repeated, the higher alpha grade is recorded and the previous failing grade becomes an “N”, no credit.

3.    When a grade change occurs for any reason, the change will appear on the student’s transcript ONLY. The grade change will not appear on the report card.  

Pass/No Credit Program

Pass/No Credit for Special Education Students

Pass/No Credit for Special Education Students whose courses/subjects are modified or adapted by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) shall earn grades consistent with normal grading practices unless the IEP provides for an alternate grading system. The alternate grading system shall provide a “P” for satisfactory progress or a n “N” for no credit toward IEP goals and shall be determined by the student’s special education IEP Team.

Awards

PHS Academic Lettering

The Academic Letter is earned by students who maintain a GPA of 3.50 or higher for the entire school year is awarded at a formal recognition program which occurs each fall. 

The Applaud Breakfast is held once per trimester to spotlight students, selected by each teaching department, who have been determined to be the best “all around” student who made a positive contribution to that department. Families are invited to the breakfast where their students are publicly thanked by their teachers and receive recognition for their positive contribution to Park High School.

PHS National Honor Society (NHS)

Students are eligible to apply for membership in Park High School’s chapter of the National Honors Society IF they maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher. Membership is based upon excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The NHS Induction Ceremony takes place in May. For more information visit the PHS-NHS website: http://phs.sowashco.org/activities/nhs.

Graduation Recognition

Graduation recognition is based on students’ GPA after Trimester 2 of senior year. For details on Graduation check:http://phs.sowashco.org/students/graduation-2019.