Interim Reports/ Report Cards
Interim reports and quarterly report cards will be available through our Skyward Online Grading System and sent home only by request to all parents at mid-marking period and the end of the quarter. The interim report will state the student’s current grade and may comment on his/her progress. In addition, parents can check their students’ grades by accessing the Skyward Online Grading System found on the district’s website. The final report card for the year will be available online after the last day of school. Parents may sign up to receive automatic emails updating on their students’ academic status everyday if they so choose.
Mid-term and Final Exam Policies
High school seniors are not exempt from mid-term exams but can be exempt from a final exam if they have achieved a 90% average in a course only if it is not a class requiring a Keystone exam. A grade average for a student exempt from taking a final exam will be calculated by averaging the four quarter grades plus the mid-term grade. Raw scores will be used for this calculation.
The exception to the above procedures involves students enrolled in courses considered semester courses. A student is exempt at midterm if he/she has achieved a 90% in both quarters. Requests to take mid-term or final exams before the scheduled date will not be granted. Allowing students to take exams prior to the scheduled date will compromise the integrity of the exam. Students who are absent from school and miss a mid-term must make arrangements with the teacher to make up the test.
IMPORTANT: Students who are absent during final exams must make up those exams prior to June 30 on specified dates announced by the high school. Make-up final exams will be proctored and graded by the subject area department head or his/her designee; the cost of these services must be assumed by the students’ parents/guardians. Please refer to the school calendar and note potential snow make-up days when planning vacations and make every effort to take final exams at the times they are administered. Please review Board policy #204 regarding attendance during mid-term and final exams.
Honor Roll Calculation
Honor roll will be calculated using the chart of weighted averages and credit value of the course, as seen below.
High Honor Roll
In order for a student to achieve high honor roll status, he/she must attain a grade average of at least 93% with no individual grade being lower than 85% in all subjects.
In order for a student to achieve honor roll status, he/she must attain a grade average of at least 85% with no individual grade being lower than 75% in all subjects.
Advanced Placement Program
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) is an opportunity for students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through this program, they may earn credit, advanced placement, or both for college. By challenging and stimulating students, the AP Program provides access to high quality education, accelerates learning, rewards achievement, and enhances both high school and college programs.
Wilson High School is committed to the Advanced Placement Program. Wilson teachers are well prepared to teach Advanced Placement courses, having attended summer courses that prepared them for teaching specific subject areas.
AP exams are an integral part of an AP course. The exam grade provides an important payoff to students in terms of college credit and advanced placement. Exam results from all AP students also give AP teachers and administrators important feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their courses.
Students at Wilson High School who enroll in AP courses will have two options with regard to the end-of-the-year national AP exam.
- School Board policy states that all students enrolled in an AP course must register, pay for, and take the end-of-the-year national AP exam in order to receive the AP designation on the student’s transcript and weighting for the course in calculating GPA. If, however, the student chooses not to take the exam, the student will receive the honors designation on the student’s transcript and weighting for the course in calculating GPA.
We believe that true college preparatory students should challenge themselves with at least one AP course during high school. Please note that grade weights for honors and AP courses are listed at the bottom of this page. It is important to note, however, that the raw score, not the weighted score, appears on the student’s report card and transcript. Weighting is configured into the student’s GPA at the end of every semester, but the student’s GPA only appears on the report card at the end of the year.
For the purposes of class ranking, which begins in the student’s 9th grade year, each student receives an overall numeric average which includes all courses attempted. A student moving into the Wilson School District becomes eligible for class ranking only after he or she has been a student in the District for 91 days, or more than one semester. Class rank is only recalculated after a final grade has been submitted at the end of the school year. GPA and class rank is calculated based off of courses taken at Wilson High School.
The numeric average for class rank is adjusted for weighted courses (honors and AP) as follows:
The 4.0 grading scale below is for weighted courses only. To calculate weighted GPA, you must divide GPA credits by GPA points. Thus, the scale below will not be an equivalent for overall GPA due to the various weighting assigned to courses (AP, Honors, and CP courses).
The Valedictorian/Salutatorian designation will be replaced with a Latin Honors system beginning for the class of 2017 in the 2016-2017 school year. Students will be recognized based upon their cumulative GPA in the following fashion beginning in the 2016-2017 school year: