Our mission is to provide an exemplary individualized and engaging educational experience for all students by incorporating school, family and community partnerships, coupled with rigorous curriculum within a data-driven and student-centered instructional model. Student success will be measured by valid and reliable assessment data and continued institutional growth within the academic community. In the spirit of the student success measurement component, the following guidelines outline our mastery-based grading principles and expectations.
All grades will be posted in Infinite Campus. Instructions for logging into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal can be found on our Infinite Campus page.
Kindergarten grades are determined by students acquiring a proficient understanding of mastery-based standards. Students receive a final grade of Pass (P) or Fail (F) for each standard. Kindergarten students are monitored for adherence to their Individualized Class Engagement Requirements and for their completion of all mandatory assessments.
Kindergarten Grading Scale:
- Level 1: Beginning
- Level 2: Developing
- Level 3: Proficient
- Level 4: Distinguished
- NA: Not Yet Assessed
- C: Complete
- I: Incomplete
1st - 5th Grading Scale
Final grades are reported numerically based on the following grading scale:
A: 90 - 100
B: 80 - 89
C: 70 - 79
F: 69 and below
Grades at or above seventy percent (70%) are considered passing.
Grades are calculated as outlined below:
|Coursework||Discussions, curriculum lessons, quizzes/ checkpoints, etc. ** Teacher may adjust, add or delete assignments with approval for Chair/ AA with no less than 5 assignments/ semester||45%|
|Assessments||Unit Tests, Teacher-created Assessments, NWEA, IAs, Lumos Learning, DIBELS, etc.||15%|
|Extended Coursework||Projects, research papers, essays, labs, presentations, portfolios, etc.||10%|
|Reinforcement Assignments||Edmentum, Wowzers, BrainPOP, Education Galaxy, Lumos Learning, Type to Learn, Writable, MindPlay, USA TP, etc. assignments; review activities; Study Guides; etc.||10%|
|Class Engagement Compliance||Student is adhering to their class engagement requirements||10%|
|Mandatory Benchmark, Growth, Summative Assessment Participation||Pre-Test, NWEA MAP, Interim Assessments, Milestones, etc. These assessments are mandatory. This section gives credit for participation.||10%|
Grade Response Time
Please allow a turn-around time of 3-5 school days after submitting an assignment during the Fall and Spring semesters and one school day during the summer semester, although you will often receive your grade sooner. For major projects, teachers may indicate a longer turn-around time for grading. Teachers will notify students when additional time is required to assess assignments such as projects. Keep the turn-around time in mind when planning your schedule so you can turn in assignments and still allow time for feedback.
At Georgia Cyber Academy, students are responsible to access and complete daily assignments, as outlined in each course calendar. Due dates for assignments are posted in each course calendar to ensure that students are informed of appropriate pacing.
All assignments must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 pm EST on the posted due date.
- Temporary zeroes are entered as grades for each assignment not submitted by the due date. The temporary zeroes will be calculated into the overall course scores.
- Students are permitted to complete all assignments up to one week after the due date for partial credit. Assignments received after the actual due date will count for partial credit with a maximum score not to exceed seventy percent (70%). The new grade will replace the temporary zero in the grade book.
- Assignments received more than one week after the due date will not be accepted for grades, unless prior arrangements have been requested. Permanent zeroes will be entered as grades for these assignments and for assignments not received by the permanent zero deadline.
Due date extensions on assignments may be permitted under some extenuating circumstances with advance approval from school administration. For students with Individualized Education Plans, the IEP accommodations and requirements regarding extended time will be followed.
Extra credit may be offered at the discretion of the teacher. Any extra credit opportunities will be offered to the entire class, not to individual students. Examples of extra credit opportunities include:
- Study Guides
- Enrichment Projects
One of the many features available to students and parents/ learning coaches is a current report of academic progress, grades and attendance information. A parent/ learning coach or student may log in to the system at any time and view the information. Formal progress reports are distributed twice each year at the midpoint of each semester. A report card with comments will be issued at the end of each semester.
Infinite Campus will be used for final grade reporting, transcripts and Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) data. Parents can access the Infinite Campus parent portal by following the directions to create an account. Contact your student’s Family Success Liaison should you need assistance.
How to access the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus:
Final Report Cards will be posted in Infinite Campus at the end of the school year. If Report Cards are not retrieved prior to the start of the new school year, a records request will be required.
Course Grade appeals must be submitted in writing to the school principal within thirty (30) days of the term end date. Upon receipt of the appeal, the school principal will lead a review internally among faculty, staff and administration.
A grade appeal may only be disputed for the following reasons:
- The grade was issued in error. This includes situations where there was a miscalculation of grade points that resulted in a lower grade for the appealing. The student must clearly demonstrate the miscalculation. It also includes situations such as missing records, mistaken grade entries, etc.
- The student documentation that he or she previously received a higher grade on a similar assignment at the same level of competency.
At least ten (10) business days are required for the principal and his/ her team to review a grade appeal request and issue an official decision. Appeal requests are permitted once per student, per term and all decisions are considered final.
Promotion and Retention
K-8 Promotion and Retention is determined by multiple data points, including but not limited to subject grades, NWEA MAP assessments, Interim Assessments, DIBELS, Write Score Assessments, and Milestones scores. A historical perspective is also considered. Note: The Milestones results are more heavily weighted as this is our only teacher proctored assessment. Parents are provided an opportunity to appeal all retention decisions. See the GCA Promotion and Retention Policy for more information.