High School Grading
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.
High School 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. Students taking high school courses will earn 0.5 credit for each semester grade at or above seventy percent (70%).
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||25%|
|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%|
|Final Exam||Last interim assessment of each semester||20%|
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
Report CardsOne 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.
High School Course Failure and Repeat Credit
Failed courses will be recorded as an ‘F’ on the student’s transcript and a zero-quality point will be computed for the course in determining the GPA. Students are permitted to re-take failed courses. Courses required for graduation must be re-taken and passed. If a student re-takes a course, the initial failing grade and the subsequent repeated grade will appear on a student’s transcript and both grades will be factored into the student’s overall GPA.
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.
High School Grade Point Averages (GPA)
For high school students, GPAs are determined by adding the total number of semester grades earned and dividing by the number of semester courses taken. Semester averages will be depicted on the transcript, as well. Earned grades greater than 100% will be shown on the high school transcript as what the student earned. The cumulative GPA is determined by adding all semester grades earned and dividing by the number of semester courses taken. Courses taken outside of Georgia Cyber Academy are not included in the GPA if not taken at an accredited school. High school courses taken while in middle school are not included in the GPA but are shown on the transcript.
Promotion and Retention
High School Grade Level Assignment/Placement
Grade level placement is based on the total number of credits the student has earned. Students must earn the number of required credits prior to the start of the school year. Second semester grade level changes are not permitted.
|Grade Level||Credits Needed for Placement|
|10th||5 - 10.5|
|11th||11 - 16.5|
|12th||17 or more|
Georgia Cyber Academy Graduation Requirements
Students are required to complete 23 Total Credit Hours:
- 4 units of English/Language Arts (a full unit of American Literature and Ninth Grade Literature and Composition are required)
- 4 units of Math (Math 1 or GPS Algebra 1, Math II or GPS Geometry and Math III or GPS Advanced Algebra shall be required, the fourth unit of math must be chosen from the list of GPS/CCGPS/AP or dual enrollment courses)
- 4 units of Science (a full unit of Biology; one of Physical Science or Physics; one unit of either Chemistry, Earth Systems or Environmental Science and one additional science unit are required)
- 3 units of Social Studies (a full unit of United States History; one unit of World History; ½ unit of American Government/Civics and ½ unit of Economics are required)
- 3 units of CTAE/World Language/Fine Arts: A total of 3 units shall be required. If a student plans to attend a 4 year college/university the student should take 2 consecutive years of the same World Language
- 4 units of elective credits
- ½ unit of Personal Fitness
- ½ unit of Health
Honors Graduate Requirements
- Summa Cum Laude: Graduates who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or better.
- Magna Cum Laude: Graduates who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher and have at least two units of Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment credits.
- Cum Laude: Graduates who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher.
- Valedictorian is the summa cum laude graduate who has the highest SAT or ACT equivalent score (super score) among the summa cum laude graduates.
- Salutatorian is the summa cum laude graduate who has the second highest SAT or ACT equivalent score (super score) among the summa cum laude graduates.